Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Cloven Hoof #1 (2015)




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

Interview
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.


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Friday, November 11, 2016

Bells Of Acheron #0 (2011)




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

Interview
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.

E-mail
traumarkhan [at] hotmail [dot] com

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Ultra Violent #9




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

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

Articles
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.

Contact
Ultra Violent Magazine
PO Box 110117
Palm Bay, FL  32911

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Eclectic Arts #2 (2011)




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

Interview
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.

Contact
c/o Mark Sugiyama

E-Mail
ecleticartszine at gmail dot com

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Eclectic Arts #1 (Apr. 2011)




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

Interview
Maniac Butcher, Black Tape For A Blue Girl, Satanic Warmaster, Vienna Teng (www.viennateng.com)

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.

Contact
c/o Mark Sugiyama

E-Mail
ecleticartszine at gmail dot com

Metal Storm #3 (1999)




Metal Storm #3 (1999)
64pg, A4, pro-printed, English

Interview
Mesmerize, Airged, Lamh, Dream Devoid, Leprosy, Rotting Christ, Sadistic Noise, Stigmata IV, Time Machine, Wardog, Lux Occulta, Marduk, Angra, Celestial Scream, Criminal, Immolation, Ancient Rites

Article
Alexander The Great

Another Metal Storm but this is from Greece. Do you know Malaysia also has Metal Storm, an old pro-printed magazine created by the one of the editor of Nocturnal Slaves which later writes for Karisma (and some other magazines)? I think I will create one entry for the Malaysian one because I still keep this magazine.

Anyway, back to this Greek one, this magazine consist of Nikos Tzouannis as the Chief Editor, assisted by 3 writers. The previous issues, if I understand it correctly was written in Greek.

The layout; 3 columns per page which very much MS Word standard layout with big font size, probably size 12. Fortunately they use grey background and printed on glossy paper. If just plain white background, it will look very dull. Has table of content and the pages are numbered.

The main content is on Greek scene with its excellent choice of bands. The reviews are more on the Greek scene as well. The review section is called "Disk Count". The reviews are alphabetically arranged and rated out of 20. It probably include CD & LP but not really sure on that because they didn't mention the format of the album.

They also put reviews of Greek books in a section called "Free Your Mind". The article on Alexander the Great is a nice read too. Remember, internet just started at this point of time. So it is quite an effort to prepare article like this.

Not much info I can get when googling about this magazine. Below are the contact address and email.

Contact
Nikos Tzouannis
Amasias 5,
14233 N.Ionia,
Athens,
Greece

E-mail
besieger at yahoo dot com

Monday, August 8, 2016

Morbid Abominations #2 (2011)




Morbid Abominations #2 (2011)
44 pg, A4, pro-print, English

Interview
Funeral Goat, Maniac Butcher, Sadomator, Ysengrin, Ravencult, Impure Worship, Satanic Warmaster, Morbosidad, Dead Congregation, Mitochondrion, Tundra, Mortem Zine, Communion

Bio
Grom, Black Feast, Blut Aus Nord (own words by Dalihrob)

In this second issue the layout is the same like the debut issue except that the frame art kills this time as you can see. Some flyers to fill up the space at end of the interview. The pages are numbered and have table of content, as usual.

The editorial this time consist of PB, and writers Dalihrob, Werwolfthron, Xalpian and contributors RLF & Behherit. Again, a very entertaining read. This issue was among the first interview with Barbarud of Maniac Butcher since their 'resurrection' that I read. Used to trade Malaysian metal with Pussy God's releases and bought Abhorer & Impiety 7" from his mailorder during my high school year. BTW, I bought this zine like 5 years ago. Read many other interviews since then.

The reviews covers music format and zine. They are not rated, arranged in alphabetical order and the format are stated. There's Deadhead zine review, a very long review by Xalpian. Beside reviews, there is also report on Deathkult Open Air (Germany).

Unfortunately this zine already sold-out but I still have some copies left for trade.

No news on the new issue when visiting their website. The label however is very active.

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