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OVERCOMING LINE-UP CHANGES AND LABEL FRUSTRATIONS, MITHRAS HAVE DELIVERED THE DEATH METAL GOOD SON THEIR LONG -AWAITED NEW ALBUM 'ON STRANGE LOOPS', AND LEON MACEY STANDS TRIUMPHANT TO TELL US ALL ABOUT IT

MITHRAS

“EACH OF OUR ALBUMS HAD ITS OWN FLOW AND THIS ONE IS NO EXCEPTION”

When you start a conversation with Leon Macey by stating that he must be happy at last to have beaten that black cloud which has been following Mithras like the plague, he can’t help but ask you “thanks, but which one?” before bursting with laughter. If you’ve had the chance to read the fascinating liner notes which accompanied the recent Kickstarter-funded vinyl reissue of their 2007 third full-length ‘Behind The Shadows Lie Madness’, you should know by now that he isn’t the kind of lad to mince words, as he doesn’t minimize the gigantic struggles they had to face then nor the growing miscommunication with their then label which eventually led the album to fly under the radar upon its release. Besides, this nevertheless softly-spoken man has the right to be pissed. After all, we’re talking here about what was hailed in the mid-‘00s as the UK’s brightest death metal hope, a raging mix of the classic Floridian sound with a ‘far out’ and very cosmic dynamic unlike any other before, with a controversial ten out of ten review for 2003’s ‘Worlds Beyond The Veil’ to boot. Alas, this momentum was abruptly cut off in 2008 when first co-founder Rayner Coss left due to “personal matters” and (then) label and the band split. But the show must go on and besides, Leon had a vision that just wouldn’t wither away and die. Not that he thought in the first place that it would take him nine years to finally release the set of songs he’s been working on since 2010. Or that Rayner, who had rejoined in 2011, vowed to once again exit the band earlier this year right after the album was completed. Understandably, Leon takes his time to choose what he has to say about ‘On Strange Loops’ potentially being tarnished by this second, and probably, final divorce.

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There are only a handful of bands that I absolutely love, have really made a massive impact in my life and, ultimately, don’t let me down when it comes to live shows, recordings or attitudes to life. The Dillinger Escape Plan are one of those bands and it’s an honour to have them grace the cover for the second time while I steer the good ship Terrorizer. I have fond memories of TDEP – from the first time I Interviewed them for another metal magazine in their early days, right through to the last show I recently saw of theirs at the Old Blue Last in London at the tail end of the Summer. Always faultless, it’s safe to say they are going out on a high and while few bands will ever step up to the plate like Dillinger do every night, their legacy and recorded output will last forever, and for that we should be thankful. Kevin Stewart-Panko first interviewed them for these sacred pages, so it was only right that he should interview them one final time. I hope you enjoy his (and the bands’) words and do crank out their new album at the same time – it’s nothing short of breathtaking. Until next month… Darren Sadler
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