Nathias #9 (2015)
40 pg, A4, xerox, English
Kult Ov Azazel, Internal Suffering, KSK, Byatis, Mortuary Ancestor, Holy Dragons, Ugra Karma, Infernal Dominion, Perpetual, Demisor, Frozen Shadows, Gerbe Of Life, Infestum, Emeth, Cadaverous, Angelkill, Evoker, Koldbrann,
Nathias Zine needs no introduction in the Malaysian underground scene. I thought the zine died. I know the editor, Sufian, is still active in the scene when not releasing Nathias, with various projects (label/distro, blog, bands). Nathias started in 1993, I own couple of issues last time. I even contributed some interviews in one of the issue back them (truly honoured to be in the pages of Nathias but not that proud with the interview I've done).
This issue #9, as mentioned in the editorial, was meant to be released in 2003-2005. At the time this issue was released, the interviews & reviews are already outdated. Or you can say it 'classic'. Even the flyers are old of course! As if the master copy already made and just waiting to be printed (or photocopy in this case) and spread to the underground. If not, will feel guilty for the rest of his life. Actually I am not sure what motivate Sufian in releasing this issue but anyway it’s good holding a copy of Nathias after many years.
The pages are numbered, with table of content. The layout is 3 or 4 columns per page with small fonts and plenty of pictures. The zine is actually A3 size folded into two with glossy paper cover. The printing of the master copy & the photocopy quality can be made better (he overcome this with his Malay-written zine called Bangkit!).
The review is on audio stuff @ Sound Check, rated out of 10.
Not all are Sufian's writing. There are couple of contributors for the interviews & reviews.
My copy is hand-numbered 005. Not sure how many was made though.
I hope Nathias will reach #10. Hopefully the tenth issue will be made a special issue.
I mentioned about Bangkit! Zine. I have couple of issues. Will post the review here of course.
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