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Swansea sludge monsters Hark open proceedings with big groovy riffs and plenty of bottom end. Brand new number ‘Disintegrate’ proves a very effective wake-up call in the already blazing sunshine. Comedy hour comes courtesy of Gloryhammer and Evil Scarecrow. Cue daft costumes on and off stage as everyone loses themselves in the midst of interstellar warfare, battling away with everything from invading unicorns to giant crabs.


On the Sophie Lancaster Stage, Wigan outfit Boss Keloid have got people talking and the hype is more than justified. Monstrous prog metal guitar riffs pummel the audience whilst Alex Hurst channels the more demonic aspect of Mike Patton’s vocal work to seismic effect. Redundant nu metal bozos Anti-Clone seem intent on pretending the last eighteen years never happened with their sloppy downtuned riffs and laughable gimp masks. Thankfully Meta-Stasis galvanise things with their incendiary death metal attack. Jeremy Gomez is masterful frontman, leading the troops through nightmarish neo-industrial metal that peaks with a guest appearance from Voices man Peter Benjamin.

The first very welcome revival of the weekend sees Misery Loves Co kissing boots for the first time in sixteen years. Those that remember revel in the ‘Sonic Attack’ and get suitably bruised by forthcoming album track ‘Would You’; welcome back! Did Stuck Mojo really play ‘Rape Whistle’ one second and want to see tits the next? Talk about a faux pas… Still down south but with much more pride, despite lost instruments and stand in drummer Corrosion Of Conformity play a blistering set.

Back at the Sophie Stage, Foetal Juice don’t fuck about, unleashing an onslaught of feral grindcore. Stoner metalheads XII Boar deliver greasy slabs of riffola that resemble Scissorfight playing Motörhead songs. One for fans of great whiskey, trucker caps and fantastic grooves.

Welcoming us to hell for the first time in a decade, Venom are really on form and Cronos seems in his element, asking for promoters to give them the opportunity and no doubt the dosh to put on a full show in the dark. After everyone sings along to ‘Black Metal’, it’s down to Behemoth to bring serious brutality and atmosphere as they unleash ‘The Satanist’ in full blazing glory. It’s a hellstorm of infernal diabolism, at one point black ticker tape billowing off the stage like a swarm of rabid bats. ‘The Kids Are Back’ and for the very last time Twisted Sister play it up like a bunch of teens despite having been at it for forty years. It’s almost impossible to believe we are never going to be witnessing songs like ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ live again but Snider makes it quite apparent this is indeed it. A massive, jubilant and very sweary set proves their legacy as the band bow out at the very top of their game.

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It’s always a pleasure to feature Darkthrone on the cover of Terrorizer. They are a truly reliable band that not only continue to deliver utterly awesome songs, but fly the flag for the metal underground. New album ‘Artic Thunder’ doesn’t disappoint and we hope you’ll enjoy our cover feature as much as I enjoyed reading it when it landed in my inbox. September is always a time when the music industry recovers from the summer festivals and starts to look forward to closure on the year, and believe it or not, start to think about 2017 and next year’s releases. On the horizon there’s new albums from a newly reformed The Obsessed and Obituary just to whet your appetite already. Next year marks the 30th anniversary of Celtic Frost’s ‘Into The Pandemonium’, so I hope to see some kind of reissue. Noise/Tom G – if you’re reading! In the meantime, the rest of the year will see an awesome line-up at this year’s Damnation Festival in Leeds and a fuck load more releases to look forward to – including amazing albums by Venom Prison, 40 Watt Sun, Lucifer’s Chalice and The Dillinger Escape Plan, to name just a few. I’ve also just finished reading former Cro-Mags bassist Harley Flanagan’s biography which is utterly fantastic. It’s out at the end of this month, we’ll be bringing you an interview next issue...