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“We were signing some of the world’s best extreme bands”

ONE OF THE UK’S BEST KNOWN BLACK METAL LABELS CACOPHONOUS RESURFACED THIS YEAR, SO TERRORIZER SAT DOWN WITH FOUNDER NEIL ‘NIHIL’ HARDING TO CELEBRATE THE PAST, THE PRESENT AND THE FUTURE

"There was going to be a couple more 7”s, but the pressing plant lost the masters and they had to be abandoned”, smiles Cacophonous founder Neil ‘Nihil’ Harding as he remembers the less than auspicious start to the label in 1992. Having worked his way up from shop assistant at Vinyl Solution to heading up the rock section of the eponymous and eclectic record label, he started a metalfocused subsidiary. “I wanted to separate the metal side out,” he says, “and I gave it a different name so that I wouldn’t get rap demos sent to me! I had to think of a name and something that invoked hellish noise seemed quite apt.”

Following an initial clutch of 7” releases, a combination of the aforementioned pressing plant disaster and Neil’s latest signing, Cradle Of Filth, having tracks too long for a 7” single led to the latter’s ‘The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh’ being Cacophonous’ first album. As with fellow UK label Candlelight with Emperor and Enslaved, the release brought immediate attention from press and punter alike. Both band and label utilised eye-catching artwork courtesy of Nigel Wingrove, Cradle joined an At The Gates/Anathema tour in Germany, and these events were backdropped by Varg Vikernes’ trial in Oslo for the murder of Euronymous that happened to coincide with the release of the album. All this afforded the opportunity for much publicity, although what is little remembered today is that such exposure, alongside the church burnings and increasingly militant and inflammatory statements from many black metal bands being made at the time caused certain distributors, including those who had been merrily distributing Burzum records before the murder and trial, to get cold feet.

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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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