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The new ENSLAVED album is called ‘E’. Now imagine getting it really early to be able to do this interview and getting little info besides that, not even the artwork. Not much to go on, is there? Well, as it turns out, there is, quite a lot actually. You just have to know where to look…


“I saw an opportunity for a little bit of chaos that might spark something interesting”

“It says nothing and everything,” says guitarist and main songwriter Ivar Bjørnson, one of the brightest creative forces in extreme music these days, when we ask him about that succinct title. “It’s the rune E, which actually looks like an M when it’s drawn up as a rune. Ehwaz is the rune name, and it translates literally into ‘horse’. The theme of the album is derived from that metaphor – at some point back in the bronze age, when they tamed the horses, this dependency of the tamed horse became a whole thing, where the horse depended on the human to take care of it, and it gave back to the owner the opportunity to survive, basically; to advance in warfare, to be able to hunt in a different way, to escape, and so on. So this is my translation of that symbolism, of that particular animal in the universe being used for that rune, it talks about collaboration, twosomeness. It fits very well into the Enslaved lyrical universe – having arrived at a point when we have explored individualism so in depth, beginning especially with [2004’s] ‘Isa’, it became natural to look at co-dependency as well, collaborations and so on. It’s a bit of a positive turn in the lyrical sense. The record doesn’t really follow a storyline, but every song explores a kind of duality. Starting from the first person, the I, it explores various correlations and dependencies, in a positive sense.”

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Every month when it comes to writing this editorial, I sit back and tot up how many new records I’ve listened to in the time we’ve worked on getting this bad boy to the printers, and then I contemplate just how many more we’ve got to sift through for the upcoming issues as well. I literally lose count every time and for that I’m thankful. Never does it stop being fun listening to music each and every day. For me, Terrorizer also gives an opportunity for some of those bands to talk about their creations and the stories behind them. These are aspects that to me are as equally as important as the music itself. The written word can then bring those stories to life and that, in essence, is the importance of magazines and why they are still relevant in a social media driven world. Life isn’t just a soundbite or a meme and neither is music, so being able to share the stories behind Myrkur’s stunning new album or the dark, personal journey behind Akercocke’s brilliant ‘comeback’ album is vital. I hope you enjoy reading the features as much as I did when they landed in my inbox. Alongside those two pieces, as always there’s a fuck load of awesome bands featured and the odd controversial review to boot. It’s been a blast to create the issue and we’re already hard at work at the new one so we’ll see you very soon! Stay tuned. Darren Sadler