- Terrorizer (magazine)
title = Terrorizer
editor = Joseph Stannard
frequency = Monthly
company = Dark Arts Ltd.
firstdate = 1993
website = [http://www.terrorizer.com/ terrorizer.com]
"Terrorizer" is an
extreme music magazinepublished by Dark Arts Ltd. in the United Kingdom. It is released monthly and features a 'Fear Candy' covermount CD as well as a double-sided poster.
"Terrorizer" published its first issue in October 1993 with
Sepulturaon the cover and a price of £1.95. "Sure, the layout was a bit ropey, with several 'cut out'-style pictures in the live section and some horribly lo-fi video stills in the Pestilence feature, but what a line-up of bands! Sepultura, Morgoth, Entombed, Morbid Angel, At the Gates, Coroner, Dismember, Sinister, Death...it was a veritable smorgasbord of brutality." [ ['The Age Of Extremity' "Terrorizer #100"]
The magazine’s title derives from seminal grindcore band
Terrorizerwhich got the name from a band called Master's first demo in 1985] [ ['May The Source Be With You' "Terrorizer #149"] and as such the magazine was an early champion of the emerging death metalscene, a tradition that it carried on and expanded to include all sub-generes of heavy metaladopting the slogan "extreme music - no boundaries" in 2003 with #108, also the first part of the 'Thrash Special'.
After a second issue with cover stars Carcass the then editor, Rob Clymo, took a risk by putting
Metallicaon the cover which although caused controversy with elitists although symbolised a move towards broader musical coverage. Despite this, "Terrorizer"s pulse remained firmly on the extreme metal underground with Cradle of Filthwinning best demo and Fear Factorybest newcomer in the 1993 Readers' Poll.
Issue 11 saw "Terrorizer" celebrate its first birthday, covering
hardcore punkin force with features on Suicidal Tendencies, Madball, Chaos UKand Pro-Pain. "There was a sense that the team were finally properly honouring the magazine's original pledge to cover all forms of extreme music." [ ['The Age Of Extremity' "Terrorizer #100"]
death metalbegan to get wider acceptance in the mainstream metal press but black metalcontinued to be vilified and/or ridiculed, creating a gap that "Terrorizer" filled by giving pages to bands like Enslaved, Emperor and Dissection, whilst the demo reviews continued to beat the trend, getting first listens of Behemoth and Amon Amarth.
The first covermount CD, entitled 'Noize Pollution 3' (the first two having been cassettes), appeared on issue 23 in 1995 and featured
At the Gates, Six Feet Under, In Flames, Moonspelland Dissection. That year "Terrorizer" also launched two phone services, 'Deathline' and 'Metal Mates', that were swiftly discontinued. "The former was a number you could call to actually listen to the whole of the interviews you'd read snippets of in the magazine, and the latter where you could register your personal details with a metal matchmaking agency." [ ['The Age Of Extremity' "Terrorizer #100"]
With issue 28 in 1996, Nick Terry replaced Rob Clymo as editor and the issue saw a
Burzumartwork poster. With issue 29 the new editor overhauled and expanded the album reviews, live reviews and introduced a black metalnews column. The next two years were dominated by black metalvs hardcore punkdebates, as the two forces then dominant in extreme music came head-to-head in the magazine. Issue 33 also featured a demo review of Public Disturbance, a Cardiff-based hardcore band whose members would go on to form Lostprophets. In 1997 the first incarnation of the "Terrorizer" website was launched, Emperor, Deicide, Vader and the return of Mayhem made the covers, and hardcore continued to get heavy coverage with Integrity, Shelter, the reformed Agnostic Frontand a UKHC scene report that introduced Knuckledust.
In 1998 coverage embraced both
nu metal(albeit in a critical fashion), which the magazine tried to christen 'woolly hat' music, as well as more traditional fare, the former however saw them receive a great deal of criticism from the underground. "Terrorizer" also featured the last ever interview with Death frontman Chuck Schuldinerin issue 59. Although the next year saw the emergence of noisecorewith Neurosis, Today Is The Dayand The Dillinger Escape Plan, Slipknot, who would receive a cover by issue 73, got their first interview. Joey Jordisonlater admitted to having read the magazine since its first issue.
Terrorizer released its first cover mounted CD on its December 1998 issue and did so every four months until 2001 which it was released every two months. From 2002, every issue came with a CD.
"Terrorizer" ended 1999 with a Christmas show that saw
Hecate Enthronedand Akercockesupport Morbid Angelat The Astoria 2 in London. In late 2000 Jonathan Selzer replaced Nick Terry as editor and 2001 saw a doom metalrevival with coverage of Cathedral and Spirit Caravanso intensive that British doom metallers Warning split up following an argument inspired by quotes in their "Terrorizer" interview that year. [ ['The Age Of Extremity' "Terrorizer #100"]
Issue 91 saw cover placement for
London-based Satanic metallers Akercockeand later coverage of emerging British black metallers Anaal Nathrakhwhich would culminate in the previously studio-only band headlining "Terrorizer"'s 2005 Christmas event, 'A Cold Night In Hell', as their first ever live appearance. With news of Chuck Schuldiner's death, issue 97 saw him appear on the cover in tribute along with six pages inside.
For issue 116, the covermount CD changed its name from 'Terrorized' (then on its 26th volume) to 'Fear Candy' and is currently on its 53rd volume, with some volumes given over to the yearly 'Fear Candy Unsigned' (previously called 'The Abominable Showcase') CD in which unsigned bands compete for an interview in the magazine. For 2006, the 'Fear Candy Unsigned' was mounted on the CD along with a regular 'Fear Candy'. Previous entrants for the 'Fear Candy Unsigned' who have since had a level of success include
Season's End, a symphonic metalband now on 1 Records, zombie-themed thrash band Send More Paramedicson In At The Deep End Records, post-hardcoreband Million Dead(now split-up) and avant-garde grindcoreband Tangaroa on Anticulture Records.
In September 2007, Jonathan Selzer, left Terrorizer for
Metal Hammer. He was replaced by Joseph Stannard, the News Editor, and a previous contributor to Rock Sound, The Wire and Plan B. The role of News Editor was given to James Hoare, Acting Assistant Editor in 2006 and contributor to Kerrang!for the first half of 2007.
To date "Terrorizer" has produced nine genre specials and one 'issue' special, the Art Special, part one of the
black metalspecial being the magazine's second best selling single issue on the UK newsstands and part one of the second Prog Special.
Punk Special (#96, 2002)
Initiated to celebrate the 25th anniversary of punk hitting the mainstream with the
Sex Pistols' appearance on 'Today' with Bill Grundy, the cover featured a striking image of a spikey haired female punk and led with a feature on Alan Parker's newly released punk history, 'England's Dreaming', all the punk retrospectives across CD, DVD and book were compiled into one reviews spread, appropriately followed by a feature on punk reissues, a feature on Anarcho-punk, the UK's DIY punk underground, the validity of US claims to 'inventing' punk versus UK claims, Oi!, hardcore punk, the punk/metal crossover, and the legacy of punk in post-punk, industrial and goth, interviews with Deadline, Sick On The Bus, Bad Religion, Alec Empireand author Stewart Home. The special ended on a list of the top 50 punk albums, which was topped by Discharge's 'Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing'.
Gore Special (#98, 2002)
Necrophagiacover designed to mimic the EC Comicshorror titles of the 1950s, the Gore Special opened with a four page Necrophagiainterview, a Desecration interview, a goregrindRound-Up that included Autopsy and Visceral Bleeding, a feature on cover art, censorship, horror movies and Gorerotted's own top ten.
Prog Special (#101, 2002)
Cover stars Arcturus and
Opethwere photoshopped to hold the glowing covermount CD, a design that failed with the last minute change from a clear CD sleeve to a card one. The special opened with 'A Brief History Of Prog', an interview with Arcturus, Opeth, Ihsahn, Rush, Dream Theaterand Cave In. A feature on the prog/metal crossover and a top ten.
Thrash Special (#108 & #109, 2003)
The first special to be done in multiple parts, issue 108 feature Anthrax's
Scott Ianon the cover and 109 featured Nuclear Assault. The "Terrorizer" logo was coloured to resemble a classic thrash metallogo and the Thrash Special logo done as a patch on a denim background.
Part one started with a history of thrash, an interview with Anthrax, Overkill, Warhammer and Voivod, an overview of the global
thrash metalscene, personal recollections from members of Testament, Kreatorand Destruction as well as former Metal Forceseditor Bernard Doe and producer Andy Sneap. Reviews of classic gigs and overview of the main labels involved.
Part two opened with cover-stars
Nuclear Assault, the second part of the global thrash report, classic gigs and the personal recollections, an overview of forgotten bands, politics, thrash fashion, crossover thrash, the legacy of thrash, the art of Ed Repkaand a top twenty trumped by Slayer's ' Reign in Blood'.
Black Metal Special (#128, #129 & #130, 2005)
Opening with a striking Pete Beste image of Satyricon/1349's Frost breathing fire, the first part of the
black metalspecial opened with a brief history of black metal entitled 'The Boys From The Black Stuff', a look at the black metal scene in Europe, the philosophy of black metal, the top twenty of the first wave, and a look at the black metal underground.
Part two of the black metal special began with a look at Supernatural Records, black metal labels, the scene in
South America, the top twenty of the second wave, the black metal mainstream and the scene in North America. The third part contained a look at the scene in the UKand Ireland, Scandinavia, Australasiaand a look at post-black metal.
Power Metal Special (#135, #136 & #137, 2005)
Part one of the
power metalspecial featured a DragonForcecover, a brief history of the genre, a look at the scene in Germanyand in the UKas well as interviews with DragonForce and Dream Theater. The poster had Manowar on one side and the fantasy art of Paul Raymond Gregory on the other. Another fantasy artist, Chris Achillëos, gave a harsh blow-by-blow critique of power metal album covers.
The second part contained an interview with
Stratovarius, a scene report from the USA, a look at power metal labels and selection of prominent power metalartists. The issue also contained a Judas Priestposter. Part three contained an interview with Gamma Ray and Helloween, a scene report for Europe, a top twenty and an A-to-Z of power metalthemes.
Doom Special (#142, #143 & #144, 2006)
Although only the first part dominated the cover, a
Black Sabbath-era image of Ozzy Osbourne, the Doom Special featured a specially compiled 'Bleak And Deestroy' compilation CD that included classic tracks by The Obsessed, Pentagram, Candlemass, My Dying Bride, Reverend Bizarre, Witchcraft and more. Part one begun with a look at Black Sabbath, a review of the entire Black Sabbath discography, a double-sided Cathedral and Wino poster, a look at 'true doom', death/doom and oral histories from Scott 'Wino' Weinrich and Sunn O)))'s Greg Anderson.
The second part featured a look at the 'true doom' community, doom labels,
funeral doom/drone, oral histories from Candlemass's Leif Edling, Trouble's Eric Wagner, Saint Vitus' Dave Chandler and Cathedral's Lee Dorian. The issue also looked at stoner/sludge, doom artwork, the impact that doom had on the music world at large and posters of Electric Wizardand My Dying Bride.
Part three opened with a look at the doom scene in
Maryland, Virginiaand DC, themes in doom, concepts of sin and suffering in doom, forgotten doom, oral histories from Solitude's John Perez, Pentagram's Victor Griffin, My Dying Bride's Aaron Stainthorpe, and Sunn 0)))/Khanate's Stephen O'Malley. Ending with a doom metal top ten for each of the main subgenres.
Death Metal Special (#148, #149, #150 & #151, 2006)
The Death Metal Special has been the largest special to date, spanning four issues. The first, with a Deicide cover, contains an extensive history of the genre, a look at the scene in
Floridaand Stockholm, a double-sided Morbid Angeland Deicide poster, a look at progressive death metal and oral histories from Cannibal Corpse's Alex Websterand The Haunted/ At the Gates' Anders Björler.
The second part opened with an interview with
Albert Mudrian, author of "Choosing Death: The Improbable History Of Death Metal And Grindcore", a Gothenburgscene report, an article on death metal artwork and the over-the-top sounds of Anal Cuntand Lawnmower Deth. Also included were oral histories from Immolation's Ross Dolanand Nile's Karl Sanders. The third part, the issue also including a feature on Napalm Deathand a tribute to Napalm Death/ TerrorizerJesse Pintado who died August 24, launched with a look at the role tape-trading played in the growth of the genre, death metalin Eastern Europe(in particular, Vader, Decapitatedand Behemoth), and in the UK(Carcass, Bolt Thrower, With Waking Eyes, Napalm Deathand Akercocke), as well as oral histories from Deicide's Glen Bentonand Incantation's John McEntee before closing with an examination of the death/grind crossover.
Part four may have contained less
death metalspecific content than the first part, but it finished the series with an eighteen track covermount compilation CD, part sponsored by UK satellitechannel Redemption TV. The CD featured a broad history of the genre, including tracks by Carcass, Repulsion, Autopsy, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Bolt Thrower, Cannibal Corpse, Entombed, Atheist, Obituary, Malevolent Creation, Nile, Suffocation, At the Gates, Cryptopsy, Dying Fetus, Hate Eternaland Behemoth. Due to licensing problems incurred by the death of Combat Records, Death and Possessed were noticeably absent.Fact|date=February 2008 The rest of the magazine contained oral histories from Morbid Angel's Trey Azagthoth, Obituary's John Tardyand Cryptopsy's Flo Mounier, a roundtable discussion with the participating bands of the Swedish Masters Of Death tour (Dismember, Unleashed, Grave and Entombed), a look at the death metalscene in Canada, the labels that were involved in the genre's genesis and finally a death metaltop 40.
Prog Special (The Return Of Prog) (#161, #162 & #163 2007)
Although covered previously in 2002, then News Editor Joseph Stannard felt that
progressive rockneeded another go, kick-starting a three part Prog Special. Issue 161, to date the best selling issue of the magazine, featured Rush, Sean Malone, a feature on Prog Into Metal, Oral Histories with Voivod's Away, Van Der Graaf Generator's Peter Hammill, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, Zombi's AE Paterra and Genesis's Steve Hackett. Issue 162 contained an interview with Aghora, a feature on progressive rockart and a top ten album sleeves, Oral Histories with Dream Theater's Mike Portnoyand James Labrie, Akercocke's Jason Mendoca and The Nice's Davy O'List. Bringing up the rear was an article on progressive hardcore and forgotten classics of prog. Issue 163 concluded the special with Oral Histories from Jesu's Justin Broadrickand former Yes man Rick Wakeman, features on krautrock, Lee Dorrian's sizeable record collection, the Satanicprog of Coven and others, as well as 'Twenty Essential '70s Prog Albums'. Positive feedback for the special was registered both in the letters page and in a later feature conducted with Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt. [ ['Progressive Revelation' "Terrorizer #164"]
Launched in the autumn of 2007, 'Terrorizer Online' is a weekly
ezinecharacterised by a more personal and irreverent tone, frequently introduced by various members of the editorial team directly. In addition to this, the newsletter features exclusive content, ranging from reviews to alternative versions of lead features such as Down, Apocalyptica, Today Is The Day, Dam, Testamentand completely original interviews with Massacre, Finntroll, The Locust, Sepultura, Bad Brainsand Iced Earth.
British radio DJ
John Peel, famously a champion of death metaland grindcore, revealed himself to be a fan of the magazine in an episode of 'Home Truths' on BBC Radio 4. "...I took several copies of a music magazine called 'Terrorizer' out of my luggage before leaving for New Zealand via Los Angeles in 2002 and given the hostility of the officials we encountered in California I'd say we did the right thing..." [ ['John Peel 1939-2004' "Terrorizer #126"]
Terrorizer's pool of writers includes former
Stampin' Groundbassist Ian Glasper, who has also written two books on UK punk, 'Burning Britain: The History of UK Punk, 1980-1984' and 'The Day The Country Died: A History of Anarcho Punk 1980-1984', comedy writer and Moss (band) drummer Chris Chantlerand guest columns from Fenriz, Today Is The Day's Steve Austin and The Haunted's Pete Dolving.
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