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You would think that being a representative of the then new and rising underground force of death metal and signing to one of the very few labels smart enough then to be at the forefront of the movement would guarantee your success, wouldn’t you? But what if said representative chose to shoot themselves in the foot, first by briefly splitting right after their first album was released, and then by switching styles and not touring outside of the United States? Such was the fate of Morta Skuld, signed to Peaceville subsidiary label Deaf Records in 1992, only to be gradually left in the shadow of At The Gates or Autopsy and later on dropped after three albums, having failed to set the world on fire and as their beloved death metal was starting its journey down into pits of indifference. Stubborn, their guitarist and vocalist refused to let go and even got to release through Pavement Music the little-known ‘Surface’ back in 1997, a record said vocalist Dave Gregor says he’s still “damn proud of” to this very day. But the writing was on the wall and right after what he still sees as “a personal highpoint for the band,” after they opened for Slayer in their hometown of Milwaukee on the eve of a US tour with Master and Six Feet Under the following year, the shit hit the fan – for good.

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I have never come across someone in the metal community who doesn’t love Bolt Thrower – arguably one of the UK’s most well-loved institutions of the last (almost) 30 years. But the band is no more and we are left with a brilliant legacy in the guise of the band’s back catalogue. Their albums conjure up some really amazing memories for me; from seeing them back in the day at shows in Wrexham and Birmingham, but also my teenage years, hanging out with friends and listening to vinyl, smoking fags, drinking tea and marvelling both at the amazing artwork and of course their savage riffs and beats. But out of that band has emerged a fantastic NEW band in the guise of Memoriam, and it’s a friggin’ honour to have them on the cover of this month’s issue. This is not about nostalgia however, this is a new start, a new beginning. I have been privy to hear their debut album for quite a few months now and it’s so good. This is a band who have started a new path of their own and whose members are forging ahead with fresh creativity. Exciting times ahead – and I truly hope you enjoy reading all about their story thus far, straight from their own collective mouths. Elsewhere, as always, there’s a load of amazing interviews about amazing bands both new and established to read through and discover, that’ll keep you from thinking about all the fucked up shit that’s happening world-wide right now. Thanks for picking up a copy – without you, the readers, Terrorizer is nothing! See you next month. Darren Sadler