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FURTHEST FROM THE TRUTH

ROSS DOLAN TELLS TERRORIZER JUST WHAT MAKES IMMOLATION THE THUNDERING MACHINE THAT IT HAS CONTINUED TO BE FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS, AND WHY THEY ARE STRONGER THAN EVER RIGHT NOW

IMMOLATION

With respect to the perpetual motion routine that has been pushing Immolation along the rails since 2010’s ‘Majesty And Decay’ (their eighth album overall), one-half of the band’s duo of original membership – bassist/vocalist/ hairdryer abuser, Ross Dolan – sums it up himself: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This has been the working model/cliché powering the 29-yearold death metal institution the past seven years, when Ross and guitarists Bob Vigna (the other original membership half) and Bill Taylor would make regular fourteen-hour round trip treks from Yonkers, NY for face-to-face rehearsal and writing sessions with Cleveland, Ohio-based drummer Steve Shalaty. Despite the fact that Immolation have been responsible for some of the genre’s most forwardthinking material since their 1988 inception, at their core, the old-school old-schoolers understood the importance of the connection fostered by playing together in a room – and that trumped vehicular wear-and-tear, exhausting overnight drives and the financial bite New York State Thruway tolls and petrol costs were taking. Until they discovered the combined power of experience, GarageBand, selfdiscipline, communication over the internet and how to cobble it all together, that is.

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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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