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MASKED SWEDES SALEM’S POT MAY REFERENCE CULT HORROR BUT THE TALES OF TORMENT THAT MAKE UP NEW OPUS ‘PRONOUNCE THIS!’ ARE ALL TOO REAL. TERRORIZER WAS ON HAND TO HEAR THEIR CONFESSION

Raised on gruesome ’70s horror flicks such as ‘Blood Feast’ and ‘Night Of The Seagulls’, with their tales of human sacrifice drenched in gore, Sweden’s Salem’s Pot raised their masked heads just over four years ago with heady debut ‘…Lurar Ut Dig På Prärien’ (which translates as ‘Lurking On The Prairie’), a blurry, technicolour, psych rock affair which led the band all around Europe, even venturing as far as Russia.

“We were just hanging out, smoking a bunch of weed, watching horror and exploitation films and listening to a load of ’60s and ’70s rock,” the anonymous vocalist notes in between sips of beer. “We knew our first drummer from internet forums. He lived up in northern Sweden, four hours from where we were. When we began I was the only musician playing his chosen instrument. Our original bassist was a guitar player who learned to play bass just so he could join the band and the drummer was a guitarist too. It was pretty shambolic. The bass player and I used to fight and argue while we were on tour, so we decided for the sake of our friendship to part ways. Our first line-up had many issues. We started with a lot of self-destructive behaviour and substance abuse. I’ve done a lot of psychedelics, maybe too much. Then you grow up and prioritise what’s important. The drummer wanted to play guitar again so we hired another guy to play drums and got a new guy on bass and it’s like a whole different band. Our organ and Moog player learned his instruments in just three years. He was also the guy who came up with the band name and the idea of wearing masks onstage. The songwriting is more collaborative now. We write as a band rather than me bringing ideas in and teaching guys stuff. There used to be a lot of drug use on tour that affected how we operated but things are stable now.”

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Devin Townsend: it’s a name synonymous with heavy and extreme metal, and also a name associated with the occasional foray into acoustic and country albums, not to mention albums featuring coffee loving puppets! And of course, who could forget his very own dedication to this here mag he created a few years ago with his mighty ‘Terrorizer’ song – only Onslaught had ever done a homage to a metal mag before this, if memory serves me correctly. There’s something for everyone, which is something rare in many musician’s repertoires. Devin’s enjoyed and created a rather unique musical path and 25 albums in, it’s awesome to see that this month, there are no signs of him letting up. Read all about what he’s been up to over the past few years and how he’s feeling about life in our cover story. Elsewhere this issue is jam packed with a delectable array of quality bands including plenty of UK bands – Akercocke, The Wounded Kings, Slomatics, Coltsblood, and Iron Witch – and plenty of worldwide ones too. Extreme music, no boundaries! See you next month. Darren Sadler
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