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BIRTH, SCHOOL, SUICIDAL, DEATH

AT THE END OF 2016 SUICIDAL TENDENCIES RELEASED ALBUM NUMBER TWELVE, ‘WORLD GONE MAD’, AND NOW THEY ARE ABOUT TO HIT THE UK TO SUPPORT IT. IT’LL BE THE FIRST TIME THESE SHORES WILL SEE THE BAND WITH DAVE LOMBARDO BEHIND THE DRUM KIT. WE TALK TO MIKE MUIR ABOUT TRUE PUNK ROCK SPIRIT AND WHAT DAVE HAS BROUGHT TO THE TABLE

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES

Mike Muir is a legend, a gentleman, a class act. Those are simple facts. The Suicidal Tendencies frontman, the only original member left from the original 1980 formation, could well rest on his laurels, the legacy of his band already immortalised in all those classics you know by heart. But it’s inspiring, and a lesson to many other musicians with far more to prove, that in 2016 Mike is still giving everything he has, pouring his heart out over a new album. ‘World Gone Mad’ is testament to this dedication, and it’s a product of Mike and his gang being, quite simply, true to themselves.

“I think we’ve always had the same approach,” Mike starts. “A lot of times, bands put out records and they want other people to like them, that’s the reason they do the records rather than doing the records that they like themselves. When we did our first album, one of my best friends told me that this isn’t music, that no one’s going to like it. That I should turn on the radio, listen to that, do something like that, and maybe I’d sell some records and people would like me. I said I wasn’t worried about being liked, I was worried about doing something that I liked, and if no one else liked it, I really don’t care. It’s amazing how many times people do records and talk about them afterwards, and if it doesn’t sell, they complain or whatever, they distance themselves, then try something different, and if it does well, they do the same thing with the two extra vowels or whatever… I’ve always said, ‘hey, you know what?’ When you listen to the record, after it’s mastered and everything, when you sit there and you listen to it and you go ‘whoa, I love this!’, that’s all that matters. When our first record came out, all the punk bands said that it sucked and that it was terrible, all the metal bands said the same thing, but somehow now it’s a punk rock classic. You don’t put out records for the people, you don’t put out records for the time, you put out records that you love, that you think have a purpose, and eventually they’ll find their audience. Of course it’s nice when people like it, when you get amazing reviews like we’re having for this new one, all that feels great obviously. It’s very different nowadays than when we started, people know who we are now. Having Dave on the record was a huge boost too, so it’s been a great experience all round.”

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The first time I saw Kreator was at a venue in Birmingham called Goldwyns. It was around the time they had just released ‘Coma Of Souls’. Death were also on the bill mysteriously without Chuck, but that was another story. It was 1990 and even back then, Kreator were one of the best thrash bands out there, having already honed their craft on some of the most extreme (and now classic) releases such as ‘Extreme Aggression’. Writing this editorial at the arse end of 2016, Kreator will welcome in 2017 with another stonkingly awesome thrash metal record that once again shows you can’t keep an old dog down. Mille and crew sound as vital now as they ever did in their youth and it’s a pleasure and an honour to have them grace our cover. I hope you enjoy reading about their new album and what keeps the German tank pummelling forward. Elsewhere this issue feels like a great mix of the old and new guard of extreme music gracing these hallowed pages – and what brings them all together is the quality of the music everyone is creating. Some seriously good records are coming out right now and a New Year is only just beginning! Looking ahead, it’s safe to say 2017 will continue to be a strong year for music and we look forward to traversing through the best of it with you. Until next time! Adios Darren Sadler
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