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From Colorado, Blood Incantation is the latest in a siring of projects led by. vocalist and guitarist Paul Ricdl from Denver. Oregon. Out of the half dozen bands he's involved in, including Spectral Voice who ; have just released a split EP with Bl. this is probably the most "cosmic" of them all, inspired by the twisted and convulsed rhythmic patterns of Timeghoul or Demilich. "Our aim is to be as open and free as possible within the confines of outsider styles like atmospheric, old school, technical or whatever death metal," says Paul. Formed in 2011 and said to have recorded several rehearsal tapes and demos that were never officially made available, their debut four tracker 'Interdimensional Extinction', out now on Dark Descent and recorded with Damon Good from Australian weirdos Stargazer on session fretless bass, is probably what the 'Star Trek' soundtrack would have sounded like if Gene Roddenberry had been a death metal fan. Yet if Blood Incantation pride themselves on that ' 'sci-fi' tag, they just want to make sure people don't misunderstand it. "We are all interested in science fiction, yes, but as 1 mentioned the cosmic element is more occult-oriented than toward the fantastic. Most people associate the occult in death metal with the goat-metal black/death-type stuff, but most of that is conceptually based around physical energies (war, sex. etc), whereas we focus more on the truly occult cosmic origins of man and other metaphysical concepts, interlaced with more 'normal' sci-fi themes like portals, stargates, time travel and other dimensions. In the context of our aesthetic, Blood Incantation is actually a very cosmic name as it represents the ultimate religious, philosophical, metaphysical or occult conspiracy that is humankind. We could have named it something like 'an alien-humanoid species genetically engineered your species solely to serve them as slaves on an off-world mining installation and have subsequently manipulated your entire perception of modern history and all political, religious and economic catalysts throughout the entire duration of your worthless existence', but can you imagine trying to draw that band logo?" Wait for their first full-length 'Starspawn' next August in a galaxy near you.

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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