Friday, January 20, 2017

Ad Arma! #2 (2002)

Ad Arma! #2 (2002)
80 pg, A4, pro-printed, English

Necromantia, Satyricon, Acheron, Malign, Varathron, Thorns, Stregoica Zine, The Voice Of The Dark Zine, Manes, Blessed in Sin

Satanic Art

I found this in Ledo Takas mail-order ( So I bought a few old zine. They still sold some of old zine and fortunately some of them are the one I wanted to get when it was out back then but lack of money (still studying at the time).

Ad Arma! is the work of Northwind and Tadas along with some contributors.

Ad Arma! is pro-printed in glossy paper with white text on black background. Small text size, I have to emphasize this in 3 columns but everything is just nice for me for the layout.

Strange number chosen for rating the review:

Album review: rated 1 to 13 (small text, 5 columns per page, all together 27 page! That's a lot to read!)
*"Vinylized" review: rated 0-13
*"Demonstratus" review: rated I to VI (alphabetically arranged and lots of demo here)
Do I need to explain what Vinylized & Demonstratus about? You can guess and most of you will get it right. There are some kind of 'introduction' on these section.

Address of the labels provided. Literature review however is not rated.

Beside this, there are gig report on Wacken 2001 and Inferno Fest 2002.

Below are the contacts taken from the zine. Not sure it still valid anymore or not. Check first before you do anything.

Last check before publishing this, info from Ledotakas website said "this issue marks the end of Ledo Takas publication era". I take that this issue is the last issue.


c/o The Sinister Flame
P.O.Box 49,
57101 Savonlinna,

The_Sinister_Flame at hotmail dot com

For sending promo:
c/o Tadas Kazlauskas,
P.D. 3080, 
Pamenkalnio 28,
LT-2026 Vilnius-26,

Hellfrost #5 (1998)

Hellfrost #5 (1998)
48 pg, Letter, pro-print, English

Absu, Anal Cunt, Arckanum, Deceased, Fleshgrind, Hypocrisy, Morbid Angel, Necrophobic, Sadus, Suffocation, Wumpscut

A zine from 1998 in newsprint format. The paper have aged, looks yellowish. So now I know, must avoid this paper type. Later I found written in the zine "a collectors edition (high grade paper) in 666 copies and with sticker". You can actually choose which format to buy.

The pages are numbered, have table of content. 3 columns per page. 1 full page for editorial. The picture quality is not good and anticipated this in this newsprint format.

The reviews rated, separated by genre. The scale used is between 0 to 100 with ofcourse 100 being the best. The title of the stuff reviewed used different font types probably to suit with the genre of the stuff. Only music stufs being review here including demo.

There are "Metal To The Core" (label's list and addresses), "Metal On The Internet" (list of websites) and list of releases in 1998.

W Argonne Dr.
Milwaukee WI 53222 USA

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Cloven Hoof #1 (2015)

The Cloven Hoof #1 (2015)
60 pg, A4, pro-printed, English

Nocturne, A Monumental Black Statue, Sorcier Des Glaces, Chalice Of Blood, Gloriam Draconis, Ethereal Mist, Nation War, Ritual Genocide, Initiation, Necrocabra, Chotza, LUTHN, Jarnvidr, Mike Vivisector

The first zine from Sweden in my webpage! Well done for the debut issue.

I got The Cloven Hoof zine in August and now the review is up. 'Profane activities' hinder me from completing this (I borrow the words from this zine). 5 months! I will use this as my new benchmark. 

What awaits you when you flip the front cover? 2 pages of dark misty forest and also I think the picture of the editor, JDW. Cool though, quite original idea must say although I was expecting to read some introduction or editorial but that's fine.

The interviews, on average 10 or slightly more questions per bands. No same repetitive questions asked to every bands, in case you want to know. No introduction before the interview, just the band’s name & their country of origin at the top of the page before the interview starts. Not really an in-depth interview but enough to get you continue reading.

The reviews cover only music. Not alphabetically arrange and not rated.

Now do you wonder, after what I have written so far (the interviews, number of bands featured), how can the zine be 60 pages?

Of course the layout, as you can see. I am not saying the space is being waste (maybe people can say that for the last 6 pages or so fill with flyers/ads). At first I think the font size a little bit large but considering Old English font type is used here I think it is OK at this size. The layout are in many styles but all are good to look at. Some in cut n paste, some with frame, some in white background or black background with white text. I like more the black background style. You can see more pictures of the zine in Raw War Music blog. The pages are not numbered though but have table of content. 

The editor is also an artist, goes by the name Death My Only Friend Artworks. You can see some of the artworks in this zine. 

Seems like The Cloven Hoof is not the only zine JDW has. After finish reading I wonder what other projects JDW involved in.

Issue #2 is already out and #1 already sold out. I am sure some distro still selling this issue.


Friday, November 11, 2016

Bells Of Acheron #0 (2011)

Bells Of Acheron #0 (2011)
44pg, A5 (6.5" x 9.3"), pro-printed, English

While Heaven Wept, Dantesco, Desaster, Funebrarum, Nocturnal, Apokalyptic Raids, Craig Pillard, Anatomia/Nuclear Death, Volcano, Omision, Unaussprechlichen Kulten, Decomposed, Communion, The Devils Blood

I once asked a zine editor if they have second-hand or zine that they dont want to keep and sell them at discounted-priced. And this is one of that I got. Thanks man!

I want to introduce you the editor of this zine; Jesus "Unholy Pariah Outsider Of Anti Metal Colombian Scene Caller Of The Paranormal Blood Spawns Of Desecration And Nightmares" Claros. How's that for a name? Great right?

The editor has 20 years of experience in doing interviews for zine. Didn't mentioned what zine or maybe contributor or co-editor. The works here is great, if not excellent! Questions are very long (no intro before the interview though). Although a bit 'unconventional' with no editorial section and starts the debut issue with #0.

The layout is in cut n paste style, small fonts, the pages numbered, no table of content, some page with frame artwork. Killer artwork especially on the review section. I got problem with page 34. Couldn't figure it out, written in language I don't understand.

Not much reviews in this issue. They are alphabetically arranged and not rated.

The one I like the most, the section call "Horrenda Vision...", which is the reviews of old Colombian bands and demos.

The zine is actually smaller than A5. I put the dimension to not confuse all of you.

I tried google the zine's name before uploading this post. Found some reviews (issue #3) and the editor's email and website.

Great work. Now I am looking for other issues of Bells of Acheron.

traumarkhan [at] hotmail [dot] com


Ultra Violent #9

Ultra Violent #9
60pg, 21cm x 26.7cm, pro-printed, English

Uwe Boll, Chuck Parello, Dennison Ramalho, Ben Tatar, John Wintergate, Meir Zarchi

The Abandon, Compound Pictures, Forced Entry, Independent Roll Call (on indie film) and Remembering Roger Watkins

This is a magazine that I bought many years ago. Horror & Exploitation Cinema magazine, as they call it. At that time, I kind of have motto for this blog "for publication promoting the forces of darkness" which featuring any publication that can be seen as absurd, dark, taboo, abnormal from Malay culture perspective but that topic is too broad for me to focus. Then I smaller the scope to fanzine and later to just metal zine/magazine. Since I already have this magazine and I like it too so I put it here.

Firstly, it's quite a surprise to see it on sale in the local bookstore. I hope the local authority can relax a bit their rule on censorship (or maybe they let it on sale by mistake).

Scott Gabbey and team made a good work here with the content. Interviews with horror movie director from cult movie like Boarding House or I Spit On Your Grave. Most of the topic discussed are the same topic you can read in a metal zine. Some gore arts, naked photos from the movies being discussed or reviewed.

The reviews section is of course focus on movies (in alphabetical order but not rated) but surprisingly there are some black metal CDs being review in the music CD section.

The layout however need some improvement. I am so used with professional magazine with fancy layout. What you can see here is normal 2 columns per page and 3 columns for review.

Ultra Violent Magazine
PO Box 110117
Palm Bay, FL  32911


Friday, September 23, 2016

Eclectic Arts #2 (2011)

Eclectic Arts #2 (2011)
44pg, letter, pro-printed, English

Clandestine Blaze, Dawn Desiree, Negative Existence, Warblood, Blodsgard

The second issue of this environmental friendly zine, bought from Negative Existence. I wanted to check the "progress" of the zine. The layout, etc are almost all like #1. Mentioned here #2 was released after few weeks after #1.

Mark Sugiyama likes black metal a lot and also explore other non-music stuff in this zine. You will find non-musician also being featured here. And that includes sculptor, painter, etc. You already know if you read #1. However there is no articles on craft breweries. Pretty sure in #1, the editor mentioned the zine is dedicated to this. Maybe continue again in #3 perhaps?

Looking at close-up photo of the face at the size of A4 paper looks a bit scary (referring to Dawn Desiree interview).

Beside interviews there are some articles, section on local scene and some short review in similar style like #1.

A quick googling, I found a blog made by the editor. He mentioned about doing another issue but can't find (read: I am too lazy to browse) the latest issue available.

c/o Mark Sugiyama

ecleticartszine at gmail dot com


Eclectic Arts #1 (Apr. 2011)

Eclectic Arts #1 (Apr. 2011)
48pg, letter, laser xerox, English

Maniac Butcher, Black Tape For A Blue Girl, Satanic Warmaster, Vienna Teng (

It is mention in the zine that this zine is printed with recycled paper. Well, this might be my first zine printed with recycled materials. My first 'green' zine I would say.

The zine is dedicated to musician, artist and craft breweries. Again, my first zine covering such topics in one publication.

That's explain the weird selection of bands. You have BM and non-metal in an issue. Maniac Butcher?! The editor mentioned he's fan of the bands.  Questions are interesting. He do have inside-out knowledge of the bands. Since he is also a musician, some questions are related with music-composing and music business/industry.

There are articles on craft brewery and one article entitled "Last Call", about being a female black metal fan by Asti Spumante. Maybe it is applicable for US scene. Euro scene is different as what I was told.

The music reviews are simple and short. Not rated, not alphabetically arranged. Asti wrote some reviews too, the longer ones.

Lastly, about the layout. The layout is too simple. Just 1 column (or no column, if that you want to call it). Has table of content but the pages are not numbered. Some page have background pictures.

Stated here #3 is in progress although #2 not yet printed. That's how productive they are.

c/o Mark Sugiyama

ecleticartszine at gmail dot com