Stencil’s editor in chief offered the following:
“HELLO, and welcome to 2017!
I hope everyone has finally recovered after the Christmas/New Years drinking and eating, and are now in full form ready to take on as much live music and new releases as possible, because in this issue, and as usual we’ve got A LOT to get through!
I remember the first time I heard New Found Glory, ‘Better Off Dead’ instantly got my attention, and from that day on I’ve enjoyed every release this band has ever done. So what a pleasure it is to have them in this issue, as they celebrate 20 years of being a band as well as finishing their highly anticipated new album ‘Makes Me Sick’! Anthrax discuss the 30th anniversary of their iconic album ‘Among the Living’ which they’ll be promoting on the road this year. The Menzingers are back with their incredible album ‘After the Party’ which basically gets top marks from us after only listening to it a handful of times. It’s very, VERY awesome. We highlight some of the best British bands out there right now, including Skindred, Lower Than Atlantis, Deaf Havana, Roam, Acres, WSTR, Better Than Never, Young Legionnaire. A brilliant time for all of these bands to say the least.
I was lucky enough to see Avenged Sevenfold when they headlined Download Festival in 2014, an incredible moment for both those in attendance and the band themselves. After the insane response they received from the audience, it was clear to see that the band would go on to headline festivals of this size from this point in. They just recently finished up a HUGE UK arena tour, which saw them promote their incredible new album ‘The Stage’ to the masses. Their surprise release is full of intense lyrical themes such as AI, the big bang, nuclear warfare, as well as a musical backbone that boasts just how ridiculously talented these musicians are.
In our talent features section we have the creator of the book The Martian, Andy Weir, who tells us how his incredible story came to life, as well as what it was like to see the movie on the big screen with Matt Damon & Ridley Scott involved in the project. Timothy Truman tells us what it was like to work on comic books such as Grimjack, Jonah Hex and much more! As well as this we are joined by the writer V. E. Schwab, who discusses her work on Vicious, This Savage Song, Shades of Magic and MORE!
It’s always impossible to explain what we have going on in every issue, as we are just ridiculously excited about every feature we have in the magazine. So get stuck in, and enjoy it!”