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Zodiac N’ Black: The Aftermyth

Where 90s grunge meets modern classic rock

It takes a few listens to get what Zodiac N’ Black are about but these Londoners have an effective grip on the rudiments of grunge, filtered through a traditional rock gauze. However, don’t get the idea they’re in any way a throwback, as the songs and musicianship here have a restive, 21st-century pulse.

From the opening uptempo stride of Bastadino, through the dark mystique of A Necessary Evil to the anthemic march of Better Off Dead and the purposeful alt-rock of Bad Pills, this lot deliver with character, charm and no little aptitude.

Zodiac N’ Black have much in common with Warrior Soul, plus Stone Temple Pilots and Therapy?. This is intelligently crafted music, and yet it never sacrificies emotion in the search for a quick melodic fix. There’s enough to suggest Zodiac N’ Black have a real shot at future fame. Another addition to the growing list of British potential worldbeaters.

Malcolm Dome

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica, published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio, which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.