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When you get the Melvins” Dale Crover III so much into your debut album that he decides to join your band, you’re kinda doing something right. But: Mexican duo. EHA and Ml aren’t exactly newcomers to this. Having been involved in bauds for over twenty, years, from hardcore to hard rock to abstract and experimental acts too, they finally joined forces under the Low Frying Hawks moniker to play “what is realty our main love, which is doom and Black Sabbath, basically,” EHA says. Just one listen to the amazing ‘Köfuku’ (named after a Japanese goddess of poverty) and you’ll realise why Dale (and ex-Big Business guitarist Toshi Kasai, who produced the album) was all over this - sinister shoegazey darkness creeps up on ruthless sludge stompings to produce an unsettling, uneasy listen that will nevertheless demand repetition.

“It’s hard to say, but I would call it Arvo Pärt making love with Miles Davis, My Dying Bride and Black Sabbath. With maybe a little splash Bohren & Der Club Of Gore In there as well,” EHA ventures after a desperate plea for a description, and he does nail it better than we ever could. “Drummers are complicated creatures,” he says when asked about the path that led to Mr. Crover. There are very few who are really good, who understand you and the music, who don’t want to solo and do crazy fills all the time. Our first thought of the ideal drummer was Dale, so we thought why not, and sent him our demos, and to Toshi as well. They loved them and decided they wanted to work with us, so we started writing full songs. This was around June last year, and by August we had finished all the mixing and mastering already.

“ It probably helped that they hit it off like a, erm, band on fire almost instantly. “It was amazing and very easy. We jammed and improvised a lot on the record. From the first moment we started to play with him, it was an automatic merge, very comfortable, because we were thinking in the same lines. If you have one guy thinking of metal, the other one of jazz, and another one of something else, you end up with something like, 1 don’t want to name names, but Dream Theater?” he offers, naming them anyway. “Which is fine, but it’s not our thing,” he adds with a laugh. We get it - it’s not a jab at Dream Theater, it’s just different approaches.

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There are certain times in history that will always remain special in your heart throughout your life. People often talk about the first time they have seen a certain band and I am no exception. It’s been a blessing to have had the opportunity to see so many bands in my life and, if pushed, I could recount many. After a number of false starts to actually see Neurosis in a live setting, I remember finally getting the chance to see them for the first time at Dudley JB’s with Today Is The Day (featuring Bill Kelliher and Brann Dailor, who would later form Mastodon) and Voivod (with Eric Forrest). The hall was cavernous, certainly not overly busy in terms of punters, and yet the sonics that blasted through the speakers that night could not have sounded any more apocalyptic. Truly jawdropping and, frankly, life-changing. I know I am not the only one who has experienced similar and for that reason, it is a pleasure to celebrate Neurosis’ 30th anniversary with a cover feature that covers the band’s continuing career. José Carlos Santos has excelled himself as always in producing a fantastic article with Scott Kelly and Steve Von Till and I truly hope you love reading it. Elsewhere it’s always a pleasure to chat to Karl Willetts from Bolt Thrower and now of his new band Memoriam – please flick to the news pages to read about the new band now! And of course, plenty of other cool-as-fuck bands to read about and enjoy. See you next month! Adios DARREN SADLER