Burning Ambulance #7 is available now. The print edition (102 pages, perfect bound, color cover, black and white interior) is $10; the ebook (readable on any e-reader) is $5; the Amazon Kindle version is $3.
This is a special issue; we’ve temporarily set aside our interest in jazz (well, mostly) and focused almost exclusively on hard rock and metal artists. Of course, it wouldn’t be Burning Ambulance if it didn’t offer a healthy dose of the unexpected within those parameters.
The cover story, three years in the making, is an in-depth look at Ihsahn, the former frontman of black metal legends Emperor, and his struggle to establish an identity as a solo artist while occasionally reuniting his old band…on his terms. The issue also includes a lengthy analysis of saxophonist/composer John Zorn‘s more metal-friendly projects—Naked City, Painkiller, Moonchild, and Bladerunner, his short-lived quartet featuring on-and-off Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo. We’ve got pieces from three first-time contributors: PopMatters, MSN (until recently), Decibel and Terrorizer writer Adrien Begrand interviews two members of the female-fronted, Salt Lake City-based “doom metal with violins” band SubRosa, while Laina Dawes, author of What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal, interviews Al Morris III, the African-American founding lead guitarist of Baltimore-based doom band Iron Man., and Scott Seward, who’s written for Decibel, the Village Voice, and Marooned: The Next Generation of Desert Island Discs, offers a hilarious and informative history of hard rock pioneers Steppenwolf.
Some names familiar to Burning Ambulance readers return this issue, of course. Leonard Pierce (who wrote about fascist art in issue #4, and about the mysterious French black metal duo Spektr in issue #6) returns with a profile of San Diego, California’s ultimate psychedelic instrumental power trio, Earthless, while Hank Shteamer (who interviewed saxophonist Jon Irabagon in issue #3) combines four essays from his blog, Dark Forces Swing Blind Punches, into an extended meditation on the value of consistency and aesthetic conservatism in death metal. Phil Dyess-Nugent, whose work has appeared in every issue of Burning Ambulance, continues his streak with an essay on how metal and metalheads have been treated by Hollywood.
Pick up your copy of Burning Ambulance #7 now—$10 for the print edition, $5 for the ebook, $3 for the Kindle edition. As always, if you purchase the physical edition and would like an electronic copy, email firstname.lastname@example.org and one will be sent to you free of charge.