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“TO BE ANTI-FASCIST AND TO BE INTO METAL GO HAND IN HAND”

Following their sterling 2015 debut EP ‘A Thorn, A Blight’, Liverpudlian trio Dawn Ray’d have just released one of the best black metal records of the year in ‘The Unlawful Assembly’, combining the atmospherics of Wolves In The Throne Room with the folky strains of early Ulver and a raw, righteously punky anger that is all their own.

“We tried to make [‘The Unlawful Assembly’] more focused and developed, I think it is more triumphant sounding, and also a lot angrier, a lot less sad or pensive,” says vocalist/violinist Simon Barr. “The songs and the lyrics really came together well, I think the drums sound very hard and brutal – there are a few moments where they feel like blunt hammer blows, which works really nicely over the more malicious lyrical moments! We had decided before we wrote the record that we wanted to develop the folk elements, so we have some fully fledged folk songs, I did some clean singing on there for the first time. Almost all the songs are explicitly political, with most of the songs dealing with specific struggles that we care about. We have songs about prison abolition, our opposition to borders, anti-fascism, a critique of voting, the horrid abuses of the catholic church (and all churches for that matter), and a song that I based on all the conversations we've had about anarchism, why we became and remain anarchist.”

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Every month when it comes to writing this editorial, I sit back and tot up how many new records I’ve listened to in the time we’ve worked on getting this bad boy to the printers, and then I contemplate just how many more we’ve got to sift through for the upcoming issues as well. I literally lose count every time and for that I’m thankful. Never does it stop being fun listening to music each and every day. For me, Terrorizer also gives an opportunity for some of those bands to talk about their creations and the stories behind them. These are aspects that to me are as equally as important as the music itself. The written word can then bring those stories to life and that, in essence, is the importance of magazines and why they are still relevant in a social media driven world. Life isn’t just a soundbite or a meme and neither is music, so being able to share the stories behind Myrkur’s stunning new album or the dark, personal journey behind Akercocke’s brilliant ‘comeback’ album is vital. I hope you enjoy reading the features as much as I did when they landed in my inbox. Alongside those two pieces, as always there’s a fuck load of awesome bands featured and the odd controversial review to boot. It’s been a blast to create the issue and we’re already hard at work at the new one so we’ll see you very soon! Stay tuned. Darren Sadler