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TROUBLE CELLS

SUBROSA ’S FOURTH ALBUM ‘FOR THIS WE FOUGHT THE BATTLE OF AGES’ WAS INSPIRED BY A RUSSIAN DYSTOPIAN NOVEL. THE END RESULT IS A CREATIVE HIGHPOINT FOR THE SALT LAKE CITY DOOM CREW AND BY FAR, ONE OF 2016’S MOST EXCITING DOOM ALBUMS

“How good could a dystopian novel written in the 1920s be?” is what Rebecca Vernon asked herself when a friend recommended, then handed her a copy of Russian author Yevgeny Zamyatin’s ‘We.’ Originally published in 1920 – and incidentally enough, in 1921, it became the first work to be banned by the Soviet Goskomizdat, the then-new censorship department – ‘We’ tells the story of an individual living in a highly stratified and controlled future society and details his encounters with renegade individuals and groups and the result of the clash between forces of control and freedom. Being what you might call a dystopian novel enthusiast/ nerd, Rebecca cracked open the book and essentially kept turning its pages, voraciously consuming it’s content and not setting it down on her nightstand until she was finished and the story had made its impact on her. “‘We’ served as the inspiration for Orwell’s ‘1984’,” she explains, “and you can see the plot points pretty clearly; he practically copied it! I feel that they’re talking about a very similar thing, but they both come at it from different angles. Orwell explores more of the political side of these kinds of controlling governments and dystopian societies and Zamyatin is more about the spiritual side of control. The narrator is basically brainwashed by the government and he’s trying to make a case for why freedom is dangerous, why it’s better for the happiness of mankind to be told what to do and be controlled. His arguments just hit on so many things I’ve felt my whole life and that’s why I love the book. As soon as I read it, it was like, ‘oh my god, this is capturing so many things that I’ve experienced.’”

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Devin Townsend: it’s a name synonymous with heavy and extreme metal, and also a name associated with the occasional foray into acoustic and country albums, not to mention albums featuring coffee loving puppets! And of course, who could forget his very own dedication to this here mag he created a few years ago with his mighty ‘Terrorizer’ song – only Onslaught had ever done a homage to a metal mag before this, if memory serves me correctly. There’s something for everyone, which is something rare in many musician’s repertoires. Devin’s enjoyed and created a rather unique musical path and 25 albums in, it’s awesome to see that this month, there are no signs of him letting up. Read all about what he’s been up to over the past few years and how he’s feeling about life in our cover story. Elsewhere this issue is jam packed with a delectable array of quality bands including plenty of UK bands – Akercocke, The Wounded Kings, Slomatics, Coltsblood, and Iron Witch – and plenty of worldwide ones too. Extreme music, no boundaries! See you next month. Darren Sadler
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