Welcome back everyone. This is most likely not your first visit to Chronicles
of Chaos, nor I dare say, your last. Chances are that you've been with us
for some part, if not the entirety, of our past ten years.
August 12, 2005 marks the decade point since the first issue of CoC was
mailed out to a tiny mailing list. You all know the story and for
those of you who do not, you can find it on our history page
. I don't want to make this editorial a long
winded, weepy, nostalgic back-patting show piece, but rather I'd like to talk
about the people that made it possible to survive ten years which have seen
extensive changes to the music scene, the Internet and the world itself.
Sure enough, 1995 was a great year. There were a lot of great bands then, just
as there are a lot of great bands now; and needless to say, there is some
in those two groups. We've praised bands who were quick to bite the dust and
we've panned bands who would rise to impressive heights. Of course hindsight
being 20/20, it's obvious that a lot of metal's greatest releases in 1995
were never covered in CoC, due either to our age or our naivety. That's why
I'm pleased to announce a special article that we've compiled for our tenth
anniversary issue. We've tasked our writers with going back in time to 1995
and reviewing albums released in that year that never saw the light of day
in the pages of Chronicles of Chaos. I think you'll enjoy the interesting
perspectives espoused in these reviews, in an article titled "What We Missed a Decade Ago
If you asked me in 1995 whether I could see myself still involved in CoC
in ten years, the answer would've been a heart-felt abso-fucking-lutely.
Given the opportunity to answer the same question today, I wouldn't hesitate
giving the same answer for an instant.
The staff has changed and evolved over the years; some of us who have been
here from the beginning (myself and Brian) are still around. Some of us who
are brand spanking new are doing a cracker of a job (thanks Todd) and others
go above and beyond the call of duty by shouldering the majority of the
writing burden in CoC (thanks Jackie). A lot
of the staff could be considered old-timers as I'd venture to say that most
of the staff has been with us for over half the life of CoC -- and like me, I'm
sure they have no intentions of ever leaving. Praise and gratitude must be
given to each and every member of the staff, current and former, for this
magazine really is your creation.
Finally, I must reserve the greatest thanks for the greatest contribution
to CoC that anyone has ever given. That, of course, goes to Pedro Azevedo.
As any long time reader of these pages knows, Pedro has been instrumental
in every significant event in the life of CoC. From his humble beginnings
as "just another writer", Pedro has always impressed me given that his
writing was better than some of our other writers despite the fact that English
is his second language. Quickly he volunteered to shoulder more responsibility
by becoming our proofreader, then co-editor, and ultimately culminating
in his re-engineering of CoC from an e-mailed text e-zine to a dynamic, archive-driven website ready for the 21st century.
Well, I said I wasn't going to make this nostalgic nor weepy, so I had better
cut it short right here. Thanks to all our staff who have kept Chronicles of
Chaos going during all our ups and downs. And finally, thanks to all our
readers for whom we do what we do. We hope you keep returning for more and
keep enjoying what you find here.