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“Why am I going through so much pain and trouble to create art?”

IS THE HYPOTHETICAL QUESTION SVART CROWN’S JEAN-BAPTISTE LE BAIL FINDS HIMSELF ASKING AS HIS BAND RELEASES A BLINDING NEW ALBUM ‘ABREACTION’, BUT STILL DOESN’T HAVE A POT TO PISS IN. TERRORIZER OFFERS A SHOULDER OF SUPPORT

SVART CROWN

There’s something about him, the way Jean- Baptiste remains calm no matter what or how he sometimes spontaneously answers with a laugh. It’s not exactly wariness but more the doing of someone who has already seen it all and yet who knows that even greater struggles may still be ahead of him. He’s been through highs and (many) lows with Svart Crown, the band he first started with a bunch of “high school friends” who, back in 2004, were all seventeen, like him. Despite their sunny surroundings – the evergreen and not so metal city of Nice in the south of France – those teenagers were totally infatuated with the rumbling sound and scope of the Scandinavian scene, going as far as adopting corpsepaint early on and a name that “sounded cool at the time”, he now reflects with a grin. On paper, they could have followed the exact same path that zillions of other underground acts followed before them: get a demo out, get signed to a rip-off young label that promised you the world yet did nothing, record an album on a shoestring budget you’ll soon dismiss as “totally immature”, play a handful of gigs, lose most of your members too busy dealing with the real life out there and fade into obscurity soon after. But while they fulfilled the first part of the contract alright, something kind of went south from 2010 onwards. They kept bumping into obstacles along the way, mind you: the collapse of the ‘Metal Alliance’ tour they had embarked upon in June 2015 less than a week after it had started, leaving them stranded in the middle of the US, was a particular highlight and their drummer from 2011 and 2014 Nicolas ‘Ranko’ Muller published an essay under the form of an alphabet about the pros and (mostly) cons of the music business, most of it based on his experience with the band. But at the centre of it all, Jean-Baptiste somehow managed not only to keep Svart Crown together but also to very quickly extract themselves from the stylistic hole they were stuck in and evolve into something just as malevolent yet more textured and more progressive. Now, three albums into their metamorphosis and while we’ve sat down with him to enjoy a croissant and a cup of coffee in Paris where he’s staying for a couple of days while he’s taking care of their visa for an upcoming US tour with Marduk and Incantation.

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Sitting here wrapping up this brand new issue of Terrorizer, I find myself realising how many ‘old’ bands or new bands with ‘old’ members have been on the cover over recent issues. I have come to the conclusion that it’s not because new bands are shit (just check out our Choice Cuts section for proof), it’s just that some of the old guard are still producing belting new albums and deserve the recognition. Obituary are no exception to this rule. It’s been around 26 years since I first set my eyes and ears on the death metal pioneers and they’ve always stayed close to my heart – hell, I still have my old personal bootleg of them playing Wrexham Memorial Hall at the start of the ’90s. They’ve had a few career wobbles since then, but their new self-titled album is testament to a band that can still deliver the goods and haven’t churned out formulaic rubbish. I hope you enjoy reading about the album’s creation and what being in Obituary means to all involved. Elsewhere there’s a heap of exciting new bands and projects covered including Venom Prison, Vodun, and the earth shatteringly ace OHHMS – all fucking incredible new bands. And then of course, we have some favourites who are back with new albums, so we hope you enjoy reading this all-encompassing issue. See you next month! Darren Sadler
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