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INTO THE GRAVE

ONCE AGAIN, WE BRING YOU THREE OF THIS MONTH’S FINEST DEATH METAL RELEASES, AND CATCH UP WITH ITALIAN HM-2 WORSHIPPERS HORRID, TOKYO’S BRUTAL DEATH CONNOISSEURS VOMIT REMNANTS AND EX-HOUR OF PENANCE GUITARIST ENRICO SCHETTINO’S CURRENT BAND HIDEOUS DIVINITY

It’s been now widely accepted that SweDeath isn’t necessarily a simple passport thing, but an actual mindset that doesn’t always require Swedish nationality to bloom, with bands from Mexico (Remains, Denial), the Netherlands (Bodyfarm, Massive Assault), France (Ghusa), Czech republic (Morbider, Brutally Deceased), Spain (Graveyard, Bokluk) or Germany (Harm, Mandatory) proving that the love for the buzzsaw guitar sound has gone viral. But back in the middle of the ’90s, it wasn’t as widely accepted, far from it. Even the Swedish bands themselves were moving away to greener, more death ’n’ roll pastures or simply splitting up, with only a handful still firmly believing in the power of the HM-2 pedal. And one was them was Horrid, all the way from… the sunny Lombardy region in Italy. Ever since 1989, they never gave up carrying the tradition set up by Grotesque, Nihilist or Darkified. Despite numerous lineup and label problems, the original founding duo Max (bass) and Belfagor (guitar) went as far as travelling three times to Stockholm to record with Tomas Skogsberg at the renowned Sunlight studio, last in June 2013 for the ‘Sacrilegious Fornication’ album. But after Max was let go after 25 years in 2014 – “for the record, he was the only member ever fired from Horrid,” specifies the guitarist, dismissing his new venture Daemoniac, who already have released one EP and one album – one could have feared that Horrid were about to be pushing daisies for good. However, with two new recruits and with a new album ‘Beyond The Black Border’ (recorded at Belfagor’s home after plans to return to Sweden were scrapped), their new vocalist and bass player Dagon believes this is for the best. “The irony is that besides the ‘big’ bands, I’ve never been that much into classic SweDeath, I’m much more an In Flames or The Crown guy. But a common friend introduced me to Belfagor and after hearing ‘Sacrilegious Fornication’, I thought ‘wow, that’s brutal and raw, let’s try this!’ The band’s DNA remains intact but me we’ve widened our sound with elements from Bolt Thrower or Asphyx. The songwriting is more focused with less fireworks so to speak but more impact too.” As for the border evoked in the title, it’s the one separating “us from what we are from what we could be. Humanity is ignorant, fierce, violent and split. Religions still guide us, make us fight, and even if nowadays all the human knowledge is available, people don’t reach out for them. Yet, beyond the dark border there’s our hope and, hopefully, our freedom.”

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I can still recall the phone call I had from Earache’s label manager Dan about this incredibly awesome Polish band the label had just signed called Decapitated. The enthusiasm that he conveyed down the phone line was infectious and although I was working for a more mainstream metal/rock mag at the time, and bands like Decapitated were on the periphery of the magazine’s demographic, I was excited to check them out. Sure enough the sheer power, professionalism and technical brilliance that pummelled out of the office speakers was enough to have me (and the office) hooked in a nanosecond. That was, of course, back in 2000 when Decapitated had just released their incredible (and still awesome) ‘Winds Of Creation’. Fast-forward seventeen years and even though Lady Luck has not, in many ways, been on the band’s side, Decapitated have continued to push their own creative boundaries and their new album ‘Anticult’ is testament to this. It’s a pleasure to have them grace Terrorizer’s new cover and we hope you enjoy reading about the album’s creation and everything that’s been going on in their world. Elsewhere, we’ve put all our collective blood, sweat, tears and breakdowns into ensuring we have all bases covered in the extreme world. It’s a volatile time right now, but music continues to bring plenty of pleasure, so indulge in it as much as you can! See you next month! Darren Sadler
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