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Terrorizer used to be my lifeblood. A genuinely extreme magazine that left the core kids and nu-metal to likes of Kerrang (I assume I shouldn't post its nickname on a site like this) and Metal Hammer.
Oh how times have changed. Gone are the days when you could open its covers without fear of Joey Jordison's gurning mug glaring back at you. No longer can you play the sampler CD without listening to some deathcore monkey sounding like a teenager attempting Corpsegrinder at karaoke.
Obviously some decision up high was made that to boost sales, and get the kids interested, they would need to heavily promote mainstream metal. And promote they do, with approx. 50% of the magazine taken up by bands who would have never got a look in 5 years ago. The letter page is used to smite down any of the older members of the scene who dare to complain and the genuinely extreme music is left to lurk in the corners of the reviews page.
It's a sad state of affairs, but still my metal magazine of choice. The likes of Zero Tolerance really need to get their game up if they want to be a true contender for the extreme metal crown.
From the darkest depths of the underground music scene in 1993 erupted an evil sinister force soon to be reckoned with...its name was Terrorizer! With the simple goal of promoting the most brutal and extreme music onto the shelves of newsagents across the land. Terrorizer was established to dilute the alternative sounds found in the likes of Kerrang! and Metal Hammer magazines and focus purely on the most intense and heavy sides of the heavy metal spectrum! With so many diverse sub-genres and massive cult followings across the world, unlike any other music genre in existence Terrorizer was able to capitalize upon the niche market by pushing the underground sounds onto the commercial mainstream industry publishing retailers.
The magazine itself is released every four weeks and covers various heavy metal and punk sub-genres such as Black, Death, Grind, Thrash, Hardcore, Metalcore, Doom, Sludge, Power and many more! In more recent years the introduction to some mainstream bands from the Nu-metal and the controversial Deathcore sub-genres were found getting featured, which sparked a Terrorizer competitor, known as Zero Tolerance, upon the elitist views and opinions from a percentage of the Terrorizer readership base that decided to revolt from the pact.
Due to Terrorizer having no direct competition in over ten years, the quality of the content slipped slightly, and was noted by their readers, but with an active competitor now on the scene, the Terrorizer magazine has started to get back on-track and the quality is improving once more. Needless to say, there is a place on the market for both Terrorizer and its understudy Zero Tolerance, as both contribute evenly in providing both with a competitive edge which ensures both sets of readers a fresher and more energetic indulgence of the extreme music they love.
Terrorizer also comes complete with its monthly 'Fear Candy' cover mounted CD full of rampant riffs and brutality in abundance from the latest screams from the extreme and underground music scenes. The magazine also supports strong unsigned features, including a twice yearly free compilation CD of the best up-and-coming unsigned talent.
The magazine itself has just under 100 pages of glossy gore, evil and twisted features, album and live reviews, along with interviews and special spotlight articles from all the bands you would expect to find in the above extreme heavy metal and punk sub-genres. The design and layout resembles the old school underground fanzine 'cut-and-paste' style format that was most popular amongst the extreme heavy metal and hardcore punk underground distribution movements of the 70s and 80s, while keeping the design modern and fresh to match the design trends of the death and black metal movements of the 1990s. Each feature and article is covered well and presented graphically appealing and easy to pick up, read and digest when compared to its competitor.
Terrorizer is currently priced at £3.99 and if you think you are extreme enough, go out and pick up your copy today!
Taking its moniker from a US grindcore/death metal band of the same name, Terrorizer magazine is an extreme metal music mag that has been doing the rounds since 1993. For most of this time it has been an excellent read, doing a great job of covering the various subgenres of metal including death metal, black metal, grindcore, doom, thrash, industrial, and even power electronics and noise, with a motto of "Extreme music: No Boundaries" whilst at the same time leaving nu metal and to a large extent metalcore to lesser magazines with younger demographics such as Metal Hammer.
Unfortunately the magazine has seen something of a sharp decline of late, which is perhaps not entirely the production teams fault. Extreme metal has developed and cross-pollinated with other genres in recent years, and in many cases this has lead to artists and movements with much creative merit, but at the other end of the spectrum the proliferation of deathcore and metalcore has blurred the boundaries between the territories of Terrorizer and Metal Hammer, placing Terrorizer is in a difficult position whereby it cannot please all of its fans all of the time. This is always the case with any music mag of course, but there is a feeling with terrorizer that its scope has grown too wide, meaning that it now feels like a diluted jack-of-all-trades mag whose opinions can no longer be trusted.
For example, when legendary Canadian death metal band Cryptopsy's god-awful new sell-out deathcore album 'The Unspoken King' recently got 8/10 and a beaming write up, I knew that the mag no longer reflected my views and tastes to a reasonable degree and that it was time to jump ship. I havent been a fan of extreme metal for all that long, but even I was beginning to feel that I knew more about the music I was reading about than many of the magazine's clearly young new writers. The magazine used to run excellent in-depth specials (eg a 3 part black metal special, a 3 part doom metal special and so on) but the recent replacement of the previous editor by a new female editor ushered in noticable changes whereby there was less and less good content each issue, with the magazine becoming thinnner and thinner as well.
The frequently esoteric and highly knowlegable reviews and articles of old have been on the wane for some time, and sadly the magazine no longer justifies its (persistently escalating) asking price any more. Thankfully, a new bi-monthly extreme metal mag by the name of Zero Tolerance has recently emerged, embodying all of the virtues that terrorizer once used to possess, and is well worth buying instead of terrorizer, until the time when (if) terrorizer manages to get its act together again.