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“AT THAT TIME TOURING WAS SEEN AS A LOSS LEADER THAT HAD TO BE DONE IN ORDER TO SELL ALBUMS”

SO RECALLS MARTIN HOOKER, FOUNDER OF ONE OF HEAVY METAL’S MOST ICONIC RECORD LABELS MUSIC FOR NATIONS. OH, HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED! WITH THE LABEL RELEASING A BRAND NEW ‘SPEED KILLS’ COMPILATION ALBUM, TERRORIZER CELEBRATES THE PAST OF THIS IMPORTANT LABEL AND REMEMBERS JUST HOW BIG IT BECAME

MUSIC FOR NATIONS

Whenever a study of British independent record labels is written, the focus is almost unanimously focused on the labels that sprung up in and around the growth of the Rough Trade network. While undeniably the foundation stone for the overall story of British independent music, such a focus means that indie labels that were dedicated to metal rarely, if ever, get anything more than a footnote in history and yet, when it comes to Music For Nations, the story is simply of one of the most successful, influential and fondlyremembered independent labels of the last thirtyplus years.

MFN was started at the end of 1982 by Martin Hooker, who had cut his teeth in the music industry as an advertising and promotions manager at EMI (working with everyone from Paul McCartney, KISS and Sex Pistols) and had graduated to the label manager at EMI label Capitol before leaving to start the Secret label. Breaking and indeed charting bands such as The Exploited and The Business, it was his signing of Twisted Sister in 1982, coupled with the decline of punk as a source of major sales, that pushed him to form a new, metal-focused label and MFN was born.

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I have never come across someone in the metal community who doesn’t love Bolt Thrower – arguably one of the UK’s most well-loved institutions of the last (almost) 30 years. But the band is no more and we are left with a brilliant legacy in the guise of the band’s back catalogue. Their albums conjure up some really amazing memories for me; from seeing them back in the day at shows in Wrexham and Birmingham, but also my teenage years, hanging out with friends and listening to vinyl, smoking fags, drinking tea and marvelling both at the amazing artwork and of course their savage riffs and beats. But out of that band has emerged a fantastic NEW band in the guise of Memoriam, and it’s a friggin’ honour to have them on the cover of this month’s issue. This is not about nostalgia however, this is a new start, a new beginning. I have been privy to hear their debut album for quite a few months now and it’s so good. This is a band who have started a new path of their own and whose members are forging ahead with fresh creativity. Exciting times ahead – and I truly hope you enjoy reading all about their story thus far, straight from their own collective mouths. Elsewhere, as always, there’s a load of amazing interviews about amazing bands both new and established to read through and discover, that’ll keep you from thinking about all the fucked up shit that’s happening world-wide right now. Thanks for picking up a copy – without you, the readers, Terrorizer is nothing! See you next month. Darren Sadler
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