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BATTLE HYMNS

SOME THINGS CAN ALWAYS BE RELIED ON THROUGH THICK AND THIN – GRAND MAGUS HAVE REMAINED FAITHFUL TO THEIR METAL ROOTS THROUGHOUT THEIR CAREER AND NEW ALBUM ‘SWORD SONGS’ SEES THE SWEDISH TRIO KEEP THEIR LOIN CLOTHS FIRMLY IN PLACE
GRAND MAGUS

Heavy metal is steeped in contradiction. And if there’s any aspect of our beloved sound and lifestyle that’s brimming with inconsistent dispute, it’s the concept of ‘The Rules’. What is heavy metal? How is heavy metal supposed to sound? When does a song/album/band stop being heavy metal? How are heavy metal fans supposed to dress? What records must we own/ bands must we worship in order to be considered true proponents of heavy metal? And so on and so forth. The points of contention in our world – not to mention the perpetual amendments – are endless and when you consider that the genre is viewed by both participants and outsiders as a playground for freedom, for the expression of dark er emotional vistas, a venue for crashing and storming the gates of imagination and diving headfirst into topics far more acceptable on stages and at pubs than at regional sales meetings and holiday family gatherings, that so many fences get erected around heavy metal, it’s a wonder our collective craniums haven’t imploded trying to make sense of it all. In an attempt to make sense of it all, Grand Magus guitarist/vocalist/lifelong metal warrior, Janne “J.B.” Christoffersson – the song-smith of epic tales of metallic glory such as ‘Like The Oar Strikes The Water’, ‘On Hooves Of Gold’ and ‘Ravens Guide Our Way’ – likens heavy metal to an unlikely past time.

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This month’s cover stars are 25 years old this year and have just released their tenth album, so for Katatonia it’s a double whammy. But with age comes clarity and knowledge and as you’ll have heard for yourselves, the band’s new release ‘The Fall Of Hearts’ is such a brilliant piece of melancholic metal. Perhaps not the most obvious of coverstars, it’s safe to say that Katatonia deserve the honour through consistently delivering awesome albums and going the distance when others have fallen by the wayside. I know you’ll enjoy José’s story as much as I did reading it for the first time. This issue is packed, as always, with a cross-section of brutality and extremity and was brought to you as certain staff members recover from two of the best festivals in the calendar – namely Roadburn and Ritual Festival. You can read about both in this ‘ere issue too.
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