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TEN YEARS INTO THEIR CAREER FEN ARE CONSIDERED BY MANY TO BE ONE OF THE SHINING LIGHTS OF THE UK BLACK METAL SCENE, AND NO-ONE IS AS SURPRISED BY THIS AS THE BAND’S OWN FRAN K “THE WA TCHER “ ALLAIN. SO, AS THEY RELEASE FIFT H ALBUM ‘WINTER’, IT SEEMED LIKE THE PERFECT TIME TO SIT HIM DOWN AND GRILL HIM ABOUT THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTU RE

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“It’s easy to forget that when we started back at the beginning of 2006, this was very much intended to be a studio-based side project,” says guitarist/vocalist Frank Allain (also known as The Watcher). “It was simply meant to be three friends getting together in rehearsal to let their hair down and give voice to their inner shoegazers whilst playing black metal! If you’d told me back then that in ten years’ time we’d be recording our fifth album, had embarked upon two European tours, and would have played shows in places such as Canada, Russia, the US and Ukraine, I simply wouldn’t have believed you.”

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I bloody love The Obsessed’s new album – it’s packed with grooves and riffs and isn’t one-dimensional in the slightest. I recall getting psyched when Relapse announced they had signed the band and since the news landed, plotting with the label about putting Wino and his band on the cover. It seems like aeons since they recorded the album last summer, but as Wino explains in our cover feature, a lot has been going on since that recording session. Go and read all about it now! And if you haven’t heard the album, please go check it out – it’s well worth the twenty-plus year wait since ‘The Church Within’. I always remember Wino and co. sticking out like a sore thumb when I saw them in Nottingham’s Rock City opening for Prong and Life Of Agony in support of that album – a sea of audience confusion greeted them, but the drive and honesty that oozed from the trio that night had a long-lasting impression on me, and I cannot wait to see them on our shores again soon, I hope. So, as always enjoy the issue in your hands. Every month Kez and the writing crew pour blood, sweat and tears into the issue to make it the best we can. It’s tough times out there, we have no crowd-funding hype machines behind us, just passion, belief and, frankly, stubbornness. And of course, enjoyment in the music. Take care and see you next month! Adios Darren Sadler
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