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TURNING BACK TIME

TOURING CHINA AND CREATING AN ALBUM THAT WASN’T WRITTEN IN “THE MOONSORROW WAY,” IT’S BEEN AN EXCITING TIME FOR THE FINNISH FOLK METALLERS, AS GUITARIST MITJA HARVILAHTI EXPLAINS TO TERRORIZER
MOONSORROW

When Terrorizer gets Moonsorrow guitarist Mitja Harvilahti on the horn, it’s literally a couple of days after the band had returned to their Finnish stomping grounds from a second triumphant tour of China. Despite the jetlag being still fresh in his voice and the green crusties still freshly populating the corners of his eyes, we would be remiss in our duty if we didn’t hop on the opportunity to ask about the band’s trek to the world’s most populous country before the memories have had a chance to fade.

“We toured there in 2011,” Mitja begins, with more than a tinge of disbelief lingering in his response. “That was our first experience there and it’s a little strange because you don’t get any feedback. There’s no social media; well, they have their own version of Facebook or whatever, but it doesn’t really leak anywhere else, so you have no idea what’s happening. So, we were surprised when we were asked to play there and even more surprised at the outcome. The turnouts were great, the crowds were crazy and it was very interesting on every level.

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It’s always an interesting proposition to see how a band progresses from working with true, cult indie labels to working with multi-national major labels. How money can transform a pure idea into (potentially) a much bigger entity and consumerbased product; can an idea, a sound, an image transcend into the broader palette without being spoiled from its original form? Or does it really matter at all what label a band is on these days? Do you, the reader and listener, truly care if an artist releases music on an indie or via the corporate bigwig? It is all business, no matter who is controlling the purse strings. Why am I pondering this right now? I guess it’s because our cover stars this month are the mighty Purson. No stranger to these pages, it’s wonderful to see Purson really coming of age on their new album, the major label released ‘Desire’s Magic Theatre’. It’s a great follow-up to their previous, indie released debut and really captures a band who mean business (again). Nothing has changed in that sense regardless of the label behind the band, and frankly, they were always going to end up on a Terrorizer cover because their music rocks and they thoroughly deserve the accolade. We hope you enjoy their latest story as much as we have enjoyed producing it. As always, the rest of this issue has been a joy to create and features some of the best bands in the extreme and underground metal scenes. Never enough pages as I’d like to write about every band myself and the team love, but it’s entirely flash-in-the-pan/fad-free and that’s the main thing, right?! See you next month! Darren Sadler, Editor
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