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CULT BAND DREAM DEATH ARE BACK AND WHILE TIMES AND ATTITUDES HAVE CHANGED, THE ABILITY TO MAKE KILLER MUSIC HASN’T. GUITARIST/VOCALIST BRIAN LAWRENCE UNRAVELS THE STORY

Back in the early-to-mid ‘80s, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which had been an internationally recognised steel-producing superpower since the 1800s, was in the midst of an economic transformation that came at the hand of the initial stages of United States deindustrialization, foreign market competition, jobs being shipped overseas, environmental abuse and government regulation. This transformed the once bustling steel city into deep recession and threw the local population into crisis mode as hundreds of thousands of jobs in every area from blue collar trade work and white collar corporate desk jockeying to research scientists and development engineers were essentially dumped in the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers, the aquatic meeting point at which the city exists.

Pittsburgh became ground zero for the concentric outward movement of what became known as ‘The Rust Belt’, the decaying of the once prosperous industry that not only built the metropolis, but gave it its identity. A remarkable comeback has been made since, but to say things were bleak at the time is an understatement. For a span of time the cities’ most notable exports were doomsday news reports, George Romero’s zombie flicks, some of the most punishing [American] football players of the era – playing for a team called the Steelers, natch – and equally punishing extreme music from the likes of Regressive Aid, Flag Of Democracy, Derkéta, Nunslaughter and Dream Death.

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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
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