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The Devil’s Work

No matter how unlikely or unexpected its origin, there is music that will demand to be heard, it will make itself known by its own power alone and spread to all the ears that can cope with it. Who would imagine that a Swiss musician residing in New York with a background in (mostly) electronic music would chance upon one of the richest, most affecting pieces of extreme metal of the last few years? Here’s the story of ZEAL & ARDOR

(This interview contains an explicit description of racism recounted by Manuel Gagneux.)


It all happened on the fertile ground for boundless creativity and abundant weirdness that is Bandcamp, around April last year. Something called Zeal & Ardor dropped a record online called ‘Devil Is Fine’, and knowing ears perked up instantly. African spiritual music, i.e. “slave songs”, mixed with Norwegian-style black metal? Done in a soulful, tasteful way, not to mention ragingly in your face too? Yes please, don’t mind if we do! And we did, we all did, and now Zeal & Ardor are one of the hottest new acts to look out for, and ‘Devil Is Fine’ is getting a proper physical release too. And Manuel Gagneaux is still wondering what’s happened in the past few months…

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I have never come across someone in the metal community who doesn’t love Bolt Thrower – arguably one of the UK’s most well-loved institutions of the last (almost) 30 years. But the band is no more and we are left with a brilliant legacy in the guise of the band’s back catalogue. Their albums conjure up some really amazing memories for me; from seeing them back in the day at shows in Wrexham and Birmingham, but also my teenage years, hanging out with friends and listening to vinyl, smoking fags, drinking tea and marvelling both at the amazing artwork and of course their savage riffs and beats. But out of that band has emerged a fantastic NEW band in the guise of Memoriam, and it’s a friggin’ honour to have them on the cover of this month’s issue. This is not about nostalgia however, this is a new start, a new beginning. I have been privy to hear their debut album for quite a few months now and it’s so good. This is a band who have started a new path of their own and whose members are forging ahead with fresh creativity. Exciting times ahead – and I truly hope you enjoy reading all about their story thus far, straight from their own collective mouths. Elsewhere, as always, there’s a load of amazing interviews about amazing bands both new and established to read through and discover, that’ll keep you from thinking about all the fucked up shit that’s happening world-wide right now. Thanks for picking up a copy – without you, the readers, Terrorizer is nothing! See you next month. Darren Sadler