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Built on a sound palette of drone, ambience and noise, From The Bogs Of Aughiska are a curious beast whose mesmerising sonic manipulations have left audiences hypnotised on both stage and disc. Catching up with main man Conchúir O’ Drona, we ask what was it that got him into this style in the first place?

“I didn't set out to make drone, ambient, noise, whatever music,” he states “but as someone who doesn’t play any musical instruments but has an inner burning to be creative, my music is the result of what I could create with what little resources I had, mainly various computer software. Regarding my musical taste, I’ve always been into electronic music. Some artists that would be a big influence on the FTBOA sound would be Aphex Twin, Speedy J, Prurient & Whitehouse, along with black metal bands like Drudkh, Hate Forest, Wolves In The Throne Room and Gnaw Their Tongues.”

It’s the roots of his Western Ireland upbringing that really transports the listener to an area that Conchúir describes as being “an amazing place to grow up,” and where he spent his childhood “exploring the woodland, cascades and fairy forts.” The visual elements projected live have, he admits, probably had people holidaying in Northern Clare and if they are specifically searching, “Aughiska is a town-land between Lisdoonvarna and the seaside village of Doolin.” They should be on their guard though as “there are a lot of sink holes into the underground cave system that people should look out for and ‘Hell’ which is an underwater cave nearby.”

The mythology and folklore of the area are something else explored in the musical narrative, in particular the Faerie folk, their chilling and vicious nature narrated by traditional Irish seanchai, or talespinner Eddie Lenihan, giving these legends a real authenticity. Providing an insight into future work, Conchúir reveals “Eddie will be back again on the new album and I have a few more people I plan on working with who may be more known to Terrorizer readers – Joost from Terzij De Horde, Fredy from Zatokrev and Dave from Anaal Nathrakh for instance.”

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Everyone loves vinyl. Whether people actually play it or simply have it on the shelves to look at and appreciate the artwork in all its glory, while listening to the audio through devices however, is another matter. This month sees a new vinyl release that will ensure that people will actually play their new 12 inches of black stuff. It’s the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ hologram soundtrack vinyl. The week this issue went to print I was fortunate enough to attend a playback of this ingenious (and extremely geeky, yet cool) release. And while I soaked up the atmosphere of Abbey Road’s Studio 2, feeling all the creativity of the room and the vibe contained within, it really dawned on me why this is so special. Star Wars is legendary. Many of us have grown up with the films from an early age and it becomes part of your DNA, without a doubt. Its music is also special, I challenge any band out there to have the balls to cover John Williams’ compositions. And now the new film’s soundtrack gives the vinyl collector a reason to play their record and geek out at the same time. What makes it special? Tristan Duke’s holograms of both the Millennium Falcon and a Tie Fighter that magically appear above the vinyl while the brilliant musicality of John Williams’ composition blasts out of your speakers. Genius! It elevates the whole audio and magical experience to unchartered new heights in the musical world. It’s a soundtrack brimming with depth and of course, it’s affinity with the metal community is inescapable – after all metal is the ultimate Dark Side. So while I go back to my sci-fi world, I’ll let you enjoy this month’s issue! I have loved Nails for years and it’s an honour to have them on this month’s cover. Enjoy reading their story as well as a heap of other great features, news and reviews! See you next month Darren Sadler