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Much has been made of the newfound of Britain's black metal output, and whilst it's tempting to hold up Mancunian four-piece Wode as poster boys for the movement on the strength of their stunning self-titled debut, the band themselves are keen to distance themselves from any of the patriotic notions of the UKBM scene.

"I'm not sure it's a British thing necessarily,"muses guitarist/vocalist Michael Czerwoniuk. "I think there are just more black metal bands in general, and the way we communicate now means that these bands have a greater platform than ever befor -ourselves included. This may seem more apparent in a country like the UK, which doesn't have a particularly great history of black metal."

Since forming the band as a duo with drummer/ vocalist T.H. back in 2010 before gradually adding more members, Wode's demo tape and utterly intense live performances marked them out as one of our isle's most distinctive and creative black metal acts.

"Our first efforts were fairly primitive but that was mainly due to the two-piece piece set up and my relative amateurishness as a guitarist," says Michael, modestly. "As we became more confident players and brought in different influences the sound inevitably changed somewhat. It's something that continues to change-our next release will sound quite different to the album, for example."

And what an album it is - building on the icy Disscction-csque fury of the demo whilst delivering more doom-laden atmospherics ('Cloaked In Ruin'), yearning melancholia ('Spectral Sun') and epic, Weakling style bombast ('Plagues Of Insomnia'), "Wode' was certainly worth the wait.

"We tend to work slowly and have probably discarded as many songs as we've kept," Michael explains. "We want each new song to be better or on par with the one we wrote before it, which may explain why we've not been the most prolific band.

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It’s always an interesting proposition to see how a band progresses from working with true, cult indie labels to working with multi-national major labels. How money can transform a pure idea into (potentially) a much bigger entity and consumerbased product; can an idea, a sound, an image transcend into the broader palette without being spoiled from its original form? Or does it really matter at all what label a band is on these days? Do you, the reader and listener, truly care if an artist releases music on an indie or via the corporate bigwig? It is all business, no matter who is controlling the purse strings. Why am I pondering this right now? I guess it’s because our cover stars this month are the mighty Purson. No stranger to these pages, it’s wonderful to see Purson really coming of age on their new album, the major label released ‘Desire’s Magic Theatre’. It’s a great follow-up to their previous, indie released debut and really captures a band who mean business (again). Nothing has changed in that sense regardless of the label behind the band, and frankly, they were always going to end up on a Terrorizer cover because their music rocks and they thoroughly deserve the accolade. We hope you enjoy their latest story as much as we have enjoyed producing it. As always, the rest of this issue has been a joy to create and features some of the best bands in the extreme and underground metal scenes. Never enough pages as I’d like to write about every band myself and the team love, but it’s entirely flash-in-the-pan/fad-free and that’s the main thing, right?! See you next month! Darren Sadler, Editor