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“SOMETIMES, IT’S NICE TO BE ABLE TO DO YOUR OWN THING WITH A DIFFERENT SONIC VOICE AND VISION”

REASONS FOR DOING A SOLO PROJECT 101. JACOB BANNON IS PRIMARILY KNOWN FOR FRONTING LEADING HARDCORE MOB CONVERGE, BUT WITH WEAR YOUR WOUNDS, THE FRONTMAN IS ABLE TO SHOW ANOTHER SIDE TO HIMSELF

WEAR YOUR WOUNDS

“Converge is a very democratic band. Every song you hear is carefully crafted by a group of guys who work really, really hard on those songs. That’s great, but not every idea you have or direction you want to go in will see the light of day. Sometimes, it’s nice to be able to do your own thing with a different sonic voice and vision.”

And there, in a nutshell, explains the existence of Wear Your Wounds, the (mostly) solo project headed by Converge vocalist Jacob Bannon. Having been the frontman, visual arts commander-in-chief and co-founding member of one of the most important and essential bands in the history of hardcore, Jacob has been baring his soul, dealing with his anxieties, confronting his fears and emotionally sucker-punching the pain of failed relationships since 1990 via Converge’s discography, becoming an iconic extreme music figure in the process. The list of classic albums he and his band mates have created dominates the ‘C’ section of any decent record collection: ‘When Forever Comes Crashing’, ‘You Fail Me’, ‘Axe To Fall’, ‘All We Love We Leave Behind’ and, of course, their 2001 comprehensive masterstroke, ‘Jane Doe’. In addition to all that, back in 1999, he started up the Deathwish Inc. label with his pal Tre McCarthy, having issued over 200 releases since (including especially vaunted releases from Trap Them, Deafheaven and Oathbreaker) and is still going strong, despite industry warnings about label obsolescence. So, with everything on his plate, why add yet another fully-realised project to what even he admits are “crazy days”? Did we forget to mention that amid all this, he still works as freelance artist/designer (as soon as he gets off the horn with Terrorizer, he’s back to work on a tour poster for Eric Church, a gazillion-selling country artist who commissioned him), he’s just finished a book and, most importantly, by the time you read this, he and his wife will have welcomed their second child into the world? Why add more to the mix? Because asking the truly creative to stop being creative is on par with asking them to stop breathing and ingesting nutrients, that’s why.

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Sitting here wrapping up this brand new issue of Terrorizer, I find myself realising how many ‘old’ bands or new bands with ‘old’ members have been on the cover over recent issues. I have come to the conclusion that it’s not because new bands are shit (just check out our Choice Cuts section for proof), it’s just that some of the old guard are still producing belting new albums and deserve the recognition. Obituary are no exception to this rule. It’s been around 26 years since I first set my eyes and ears on the death metal pioneers and they’ve always stayed close to my heart – hell, I still have my old personal bootleg of them playing Wrexham Memorial Hall at the start of the ’90s. They’ve had a few career wobbles since then, but their new self-titled album is testament to a band that can still deliver the goods and haven’t churned out formulaic rubbish. I hope you enjoy reading about the album’s creation and what being in Obituary means to all involved. Elsewhere there’s a heap of exciting new bands and projects covered including Venom Prison, Vodun, and the earth shatteringly ace OHHMS – all fucking incredible new bands. And then of course, we have some favourites who are back with new albums, so we hope you enjoy reading this all-encompassing issue. See you next month! Darren Sadler
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