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Ahead of the forthcoming MORTIIS UK tour, the “darker side of MORTIIS” is revisited with a collection of reissues and the lovingly titled compilation ‘AIDS To The People’ from his other project, VOND Words: José Carlos Santos

Described at the time by Mortiis himself as “the darker side of Mortiis”, Vond was a rather short-lived side-project which nevertheless gained a sort of cult status as time went by. Nasty, sometimes even provocative in terms of concept and lyrics (and music/samples too!), it was a part of the Norwegian musician’s “first phase” of output, simpler and more naïve than the more elaborate material he puts out as Mortiis nowadays, but nevertheless retaining a certain charm and rough appeal to it. Synth-based horror and violence is something we all need in our musical lives at some point, and Vond’s three albums more than fit that bill, and now all of them are getting the reissue treatment – on vinyl for the first time – with a wonderful bonus in the form of the delightfully titled ‘AIDS To The People’, a compilation featuring some of the project’s earliest recordings and a couple of unreleased tracks. Considering the overall newfound appreciation the public is showing for synth-based music, maybe now’s the right time to revisit Vond’s discography.

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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