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BACK IN THE RING

SIXTEEN YEARS AGO A BUNCH OF YOUNGSTERS CALLED GREETED THE WORLD BRANDISHING A COLLECTIVE MIDDLE FINGER AND A BIG BAG OF DIRTY RIFFS. NOW, THEY ARE BACK AFTER A BREAK WITH THEIR BEST ALBUM YET. DRUMMER GORDON MORISON LOOKS BACK AT THEIR CAREER AND THE MAKING OF ‘LOST RITUAL’ RAGING SPEEDHORN

Looking back at your final album, it always felt like a band desperate to try new things after three albums that were similar in style? To what extent would you agree?

Gordon Morison (drums): “I think at that point in the band’s career we had to make that record. At that point we’d lost Frank [Regan, vocals] and Darren [Smith, bass], and bringing Bloody Kev in on vocals and Dave [Thompson] on bass the sound was going to change anyway. I think we were trying to start again and, in a way, it felt like a new band. We thought ‘what have we got to lose?’. To be honest with you, we got a bit bored of playing the same style of music and wanted to change the musical direction of the band, I just think we probably tried too hard. I think it’s an amazing record and if we would have changed the name it might have been received better by the press and our fans. I think for some of the RSH fans it was just a bit too different, which I can understand, but as a band at that time we just wanted to try different things. We all knew this was our last album so we had nothing to lose.”

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Everyone loves vinyl. Whether people actually play it or simply have it on the shelves to look at and appreciate the artwork in all its glory, while listening to the audio through devices however, is another matter. This month sees a new vinyl release that will ensure that people will actually play their new 12 inches of black stuff. It’s the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ hologram soundtrack vinyl. The week this issue went to print I was fortunate enough to attend a playback of this ingenious (and extremely geeky, yet cool) release. And while I soaked up the atmosphere of Abbey Road’s Studio 2, feeling all the creativity of the room and the vibe contained within, it really dawned on me why this is so special. Star Wars is legendary. Many of us have grown up with the films from an early age and it becomes part of your DNA, without a doubt. Its music is also special, I challenge any band out there to have the balls to cover John Williams’ compositions. And now the new film’s soundtrack gives the vinyl collector a reason to play their record and geek out at the same time. What makes it special? Tristan Duke’s holograms of both the Millennium Falcon and a Tie Fighter that magically appear above the vinyl while the brilliant musicality of John Williams’ composition blasts out of your speakers. Genius! It elevates the whole audio and magical experience to unchartered new heights in the musical world. It’s a soundtrack brimming with depth and of course, it’s affinity with the metal community is inescapable – after all metal is the ultimate Dark Side. So while I go back to my sci-fi world, I’ll let you enjoy this month’s issue! I have loved Nails for years and it’s an honour to have them on this month’s cover. Enjoy reading their story as well as a heap of other great features, news and reviews! See you next month Darren Sadler
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