Monday, November 16, 2009
80 page, A4, pro-print, English
Krisiun, Blood Red Throne, The Crown, Vomitory, Setherial, Grosteque, Kataklysm, Eternal Lies, Callenish Circle, Immolation, Maze of Torment, Nail Within, Hearse, Fragments of Unbecoming, Necrophobic, Neuraxis, Dimension Zero
My first issue of this mag starts with issue #13. That issue totally blow me away! When I know issue #14 is on sale, I asked Shenck (the editor) for back issue and to my luck #12 is still available (and also save on postage when buying 2 copies, #14 & #12 at the same time). So I am now reviewing the old issue after reading the new one. Issue 12 is the 10th anniversary so it means it is quite special issue for them. There's a page featuring the front cover of all the issues released, good for us to know some history of mag. If you seen the layout for the issue after #12, this is kind of a letdown hehe. The layout for the interview are OK but for the review, its the boring style column by column on white background which we can do using MS Word. But still, the interviews are as interesting as usual. As you can see from the band featured here, the mag is more into DM. Another interesting part of the mag is the reviews are separated by genre, not by format like most of the mag/zine do. The reviews are separated to Black Zone (black metal), Death Zone, Grind Zone, Thrash Zone (unfortunately metalcore is grouped in this zone) and my favorite "Hail To Sweden" (all stuff from Sweden). Since Sweden produce great bands in almost all metal genre, the decision to put all reviews in one section is good and not to forget, very original idea too. Whether its true or not, there's 666 reviews in this issue! This issue also comes with 2 free CD sampler (from Displeased Records & Voice of Life Records). Normally the sampler comes separately but here, 2 page (1 for each sampler) dedicated for this sampler with some info and the CD is glued to it. So this will make it hard for the news stand or distro if they want to sell them separately haha. At the time of this review is made, issue #15 is already out!
64 page, A4, xerox, English
Inferis, Necrolisis, Enshadowed, Spearhead, Witchcurse, Black Abyss, Hellghast, Grave Desecration, Shackles, As Sahar, Maniak, Abhorer
Embrace of Thorns, Paganus Doctrina, Dark Breed, Tantrum, Symphony Jimbalang
Scruples of An Old Metalhead, Slaves of The Portal, Pearls of Abyss
The thing that amaze me with Virus is, beside Deadhead Zine, Virus Zine is also the most interviewed editor in the local scene. Virus must be great I guess so I have very high expectation for this new issue. And luckily, it meet my expectation. This is my first issue by the way, never read them before (all back issues now sold out). First, the xerox quality is damn clear, the size is A4 (big size) and the layout is done the old cut n paste style and some with frame artwork, have table of content and page number, and the content are nicely arranged. So the visual expect pass 100% by my standard haha. How about the content or the reading material presented here? That's is hard to comment because that depend on your personal taste. The questions are OK, maybe not lenghty but it covered the 'musical aspect' of the band. Some people would also like to know non-music questions asked to the band (well, I read some review about this zine saying they want to see some 'life' questions) but I'm not. Not that I dont like to know what kind of food the band like to eat for dinner but for me that is not important. Some reviews here are contributed by some people which Fauzi gave the stuff due to lack of time. Probably they got few more stuff for reviews after this zine is complete so they give 1 extra sheet with some last minute reviews. Another thing, if you noticed the articles sounds familiar. Ok, those articles are written by Adam of NECROSCOPE ZINE. Adam also use that title for his articles in his own zine but that should not be problem. I think not many people read zine these days so will not know if that article already published elsewhere or not. I only detected 1 section on the article have been featured in issue #19. This issue also comes with a CDR sampler and the zine is hand-numbered in green. Oh yes, 1 last note before I end this review. I almost laugh looking at the blue stamped wording "YOUR COPY IS TRUE IF THE INK IS BLUE". But on serious note, do respect these editors. I will not mind if you made a copied of my zine but making profit out of it, that will piss me off. Oh, another last note hehe, you noticed ABHORER in the interviewed list, right. Well, that's done by Frank Stover, published with his permission and I think I do need to tell you who Frank is. Avid underground metal readers should already know.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
96 page, A4, xerox, English
Impetigo, Rabbath Ammon, Blackfire, Headhunter DC, Inside, Metal Savage, Transgressor, Nocturnal Vomit, Levifer
Nearly 100 pages but less than 10 interviews?? Is there any space wastage or too many pages on news? Its not true if you think that. The interviews are one of the in depth interviews I ever read in a local zine. Oh yes, it is very informative and really entertaining reading those intie. Syamsul really study the bands, even the band are surprised! He also put lots of picture that makes you "on track". You know, its quite exhausting to read just text like NECROSCOPE so that really sooth the eyes. He still stick to the format he used to do, using frame artwork with computer-typed text and pro-printed for the front cover. Reviews also cover all formats (CD, vinyl, zine, demo CDr and tapes). Seriously, not much to comment to comment here, only compliment I can say here. Oh well, on some pages the xerox quality on the upper part of the pages is not good, I can't read that clearly but it is still readable though. Hah, at least I found some thing to complain about haha. Support this zine and also his label, AFTERLIFE PROD. Latest news I got is, issue #5 already completed. Can't wait to get the new issue. No email or myspace, just the old snail-mail way to contact him.
c/o wan Syamsul
10 Lrg. lang Lompok,
Taman Sri Bintang, Kepong,
52100 Kuala Lumpur,
48 page, A4, xerox, Malay
Catarrh, Antacid, Sailendra, Dosa, Rengkong Tekeluaq, Samartary, Abhorence, Farasu, Destroyer666, In Torment, Neruka, The Sick, Beast Petrify, Nrocinu, Torch, Impiety
Argon, Talisman, Noiratasya, Maar, The Legion, Zubirun, Disinter, Internal Suffering, Dark Rival
The second issue, released in 1 year time frame after the debut. But unfortunately no more issues coming out after this but don't be dissappointed. I got SMS from the editor saying the work for 3rd issue will start in Oct. 09. The news is also up in the myspace at the time of this review being made. So it took 4 or 5 years to release the third issue. What are they been doing all this while? I found that they also write in local rock magazine (they come with intie of metal bands) which is cool. Other than that I dont know. About the second issue, layout-wise it almost the same like the debut issue. Some improvement here is there's TOC (table of content) and with page number, the news section (or called "Info Metallik") have been reduced to 5 page only and the addition of "Media Massa Metal" (zine review). Other than that, there's still "Rebiu Metallik" (done like before, all format gathered in 1 section) but renamed "Militant Attack" to "Metallik Warrior" (band bio section, probably it was changed because there's a band here with that name). No improvement on the xerox quality though. In issue #1, they requested for article from readers. They give the guideline or the topic the article should be based on (but I don't know how to translate that in English hehe) but I dont see that here. Probably no response from the readers. As replacement they put some other article which is quite OK. Its hard to find article written in metal zine as opposed to punk zine. Maybe metalheads dont like to think?? Or too drunk to think? haha. Well, this issue is already 4 years old. Some bands already not active now. You can either get this or wait for new issue but spending few RM for this issue will not harm your wallet.
40 page, A4, xerox, Malay
Catacomb, Tasyim, Kherow, Violator, Crystal Tears, Humiliated Grapes, Effluvium
Violator, Mytra, Mukhong, Catacomb, Damokis, Scent of Death, Korihor, Koma, Anguish
I've searched the local distro for zine they have on sale. So Metal Zone informed me about Death Attack and I quickly wired the money for a copy each of the first & second issue. There's not many good Malay-written zine around. I must say that this debut issue is quite good considering its their first issue. Not much to complain on the layout, nicely done "desktop publishing software" way @ computer layouted except for the page that used 4 columns per page. Don't know why, but I dont like to look at it haha. Xerox quality can be improved though. Although they have table of content but no page number which is not the way it should be. The content are 100% in Malay except for Effluvium interview which is in Malay. I think it is better if it is translated in Malay. Other section they have in the zine; "Metallik Attack", news section and 13 pages of news (separated to local and international news) which is too much for me; "Rebiu Metallik", "rebiu" is review in Malay. The reviews are grouped together (CD, etc) and not in alphabetical order; "Skolah Lame", that's direct translation of 'old-school'. Reviews of some old local stuff (including rock bands); "Militant Metallik", band bio section. I bought this around mid 2009. I didn't asked the date of release though so this one is outdated but probably Metal Zone have some copies for sale. In case you are interested to have a copy or send in promo, check out their myspace for more detail.
Monday, November 9, 2009
82 page, A4, xerox, English
Azaghal, Merciless Death, Enshadowed, Hellish Crossfire, Horna, Grave Desecrator, Suicidal Winds, Riddle Of Meander, Nifelheim, Invocation, Bahimiron, Unholy Force, Death Invoker, Balmog, Force Of Darkness, Syphilitic Vaginas, Exciter, Witchaven, Deiphago, Flagellum Dei, Necrolisis, Facebraker, Thy Rites, Amnion, Hijo de la Aurora, RIP, Evilized, Bestial Holocaust
Very professional looking zine, which put some pro-mag to shame! Although it is a xerox publication, the photocopy quality is excellent. Combine that with the computerized layout, I think most people like me will be impressed. And not to mention the grim looking NIFELHEIM on the front cover! Almost all pages have border art or background art and if the page is on background art, the text are still looking sharp and readable. The layout on the zine reviews is made to look like a cut n paste style and have the front cover the zine as well. There's some Malaysian zine being review here (Sangwitok, Virus). Some info that I know that the previous issues are in Spanish and comes with a free CDr but in this issue, it is written in English and no more CDr sampler (due to $$$ problem). His English is much better than mine haha. That will get your attention and will not be bored to read the interviews from start to end. Beside all this, there's also "Necroview" (review, ofcourse) on music stuff and also "On Stage" (gig reviews). There are some type error, either intended (its not an error if they intended) like the page number is at the top and upside down but they are too small to notice. The editor also run a label (Occult Records) and if not mistaken, also involved in a band. Ask that if you are going to contact them to ask for the next issue. This issue is limited to 250 copies and mine is numbered 111. Might have some copies left. Try your luck!
c/o Gilbert Miranda,
Apdo. Postal 2711,
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
64 page, A4, xerox, English
Metal Savage, Eternal Devastation, Oppression, Nunslaughter, Witchaven, Infernal Demon Zine, Victimizer, Bloodthirst, Evil Army, Ironfist, Darkness Against Light Zine
They surely proud having their vinyl signed by Tom. You can assumed that after looking at the front cover of this zine. This debut issue is very different compared with other zine that I have read from Siam. The editor English is as good as mine hehe. What we have here is a cut n paste xerox publication with an OK xerox quality. Some pictures are a bit dark though but that is just a matter of personal taste. The interviews can be made better I guess but I think they will improve that in their next issue. For example question about band bio, most band dont like this question though. You can see some band's respond to this question, not really a friendly one. Surely there are other creative way to get it. The zine is thick, due to the large font used here (postage can be saved here). Being a cut n paste format, some more pictures/graphic can be used for the background. The inner front/back cover, have this cool picture collage of Thai (probably) metalheads as well as Gezol performing on stage which you can see some of his testicle haha. No table of content but the page are numbered... in Thai! Nevertheless, its still a good read. I have no doubt, there will be some progression for the next issue. I got this copy from Domain Zine distro. Syaiful might have some copies left (if paypal is your payment mode). For you that want to buy the snail mail way, please contact the editor for address.
Monday, October 12, 2009
34 pages, letter, xerox, English
Ancient Horns, Nadiwrath, Pathogen, Riotor, Yawa, Deiphago, Necrovomit, Sacrosant, Diobolical Holocaust, Paganus Doctrina, Retaliate, Sadomator, Temple of Adoration Zine
Another zine, cursed with Sickness666 art on the front cover. "Philippines Anti-Poser Publication" returns with the second issue. I haven't seen the first one, hopefully they have some copies for sale for people like me who missed their debut. About this issue, I wish the xerox quality is as good as the quality of the front cover. The layout, purely made by computer (probably except the last 3 page, just flyers) with 3 columns per page. This is the first time I see this kind of style. The interview starts from column one and once the interview ends (let say ends at half of column three), editor continue with the new interview at that column with only some pictures or band logo (size reduce to fit in 1 column) separating the interviews. Do you get what I mean? If not, buy it haha. No intro on the interviews though and some bands dont have the contact address (well, this might not be a problem with people having internet. Just go to Metal Archives!). Some interviews are quite interesting, especially Pathogen (the Philippines one). I think in all interviews I read so far, this band never fails to give us a good read. Review here are only audio stuff (CD, CDR, tape). Pages are numbered and include table of content as well. After reviewing this zine, I ponder whether I should change the "format" that I use at top of this review. Should I just put it "half size" (for size smaller than A4) and "full size" for A4/'letter' size @ 8"x11" paper. Of yes, you got it right. This is my first letter size zine haha. Maybe the size is a bit thin but you still need to support this one! The front cover artwork is so cool!!!!
c/o Ace Moradante
Ph. 1 Blk 17 Lot 6 Roseville Subd.
8000 Davao City
Thursday, October 8, 2009
60 pages, A5, xerox, English
Hereafter, Mortuary Ancestor, Pathogen, Inside, Hellish, UGH, Sabbatical Rites, Barbalans
Another Sabahan zine to be reckoned with, manned by editor Fauzie and co-editor Firdaus (now ex-editor, also the boss of Evil Dead Prod). 60 pages (no page number but have an 'index' on the editorial page) with less than 10 interviews, I think you wondered how the content is arranged in this zine. Border artwork is a bit large for A5 format but I can't say this is wasting space. The border and plus the font used (similar like an electronic typewriter we used in the old days), the zine look like it was release in mid 90's. OK, maybe FHTI is a bit clean but I really like this layout. Some pages are made into looking like a 'cut and paste' style using computer (background art on the page and 'highlighted' text on top of it). Well done on the content too. The zine written in English except for Inside, UGH and Barbalans (in Malay). Review section looked a bit modern though and they are called "From Fire to Hellfire" (music review) and (if I read it right, the font is not clear...) "Unleash From Fire" (zine review). The front cover is printed using the same material like booklet of Evil Dead's releases like 666 MCD which is nice too. The editor also make some pages with black background and white text but due to not so good xerox quality (or maybe the printing quality?), the text in Mortuary Ancestor interview is a bit hard to read. This is the only small 'problem', else, this is issue is still a must have. Some copies might be available from Evil Dead (that is where I got my copy).
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
52 pages, A5, xerox
Noiratasya, 13 Winters, Abvulabashy, Battlelore, Mortiferia, Riwayat, Tvangeste, Black Abyss, Dedengkot, The Foetal Mind, Metal Zone Distro, Heidevolks
Spektr, Menosgada, Orna Annon, Avernus, Emancipation, Echidna, Necryptic, Angtoria, Gwyllion, Sol Asunder, Kromlek, Dagoba, Veneficum
Debut issue from this Sil Khannaz maniac! Spell that band's backward, then you have this zine's name and that is how Askwhatra got the name. I my jaw dropped after knowing the logo is crafted by Christhope Szpajdel, and combine with the artwork by Jamil Grinder you get some demonic front cover! The layout is neat, have page number and table of content, computerized style 2 columns per page with background artwork on the pages. The font size is a bit small though and look a bit cramped but the xerox quality is in the best quality ever. Some of the columns they have here; "Dark Hymns of Apocalypse" (music reviews, although the review is short but almost every stuff reviewed accompany by the cover art. that's good!), "Manuscript of Death" (zine review), "Infernal Ceremony" (gig report), some page on news and an article "Black Metal as Art" (no name of the author, probably written by the editor himself). The interviews are OK, no intro on the bands, just straight to the questions . The best is Abvulabashy but some questions did annoy Black Abyss a bit haha. Not that the question is bad but it is rather sensitive for some Malay band. Came together with this issue is a CDR sampler (11 bands, also featured in this zine). True copy of the zine is hand-numbered with red pen but no info on how many copies made for this issue. All in all, this is a good debut issue and worth to support. Some may not like the small fonts but I'm OK with that except for the small picture of the band in the intie. If you get in touch with Askwhat, ask also about his band and label.
c/o Khairul Askwhat,
Rumah Pangsa Sri Pauh,
Lrg Pauh 2, Taman Pauh,
13500 Permatang Pauh,
60 pages, magazine, English
Immolation, Darkthrone, Godflesh, Dodheimsgard, Infernal, Hades, Cadaver, Deathwitch, Nightmare Lodge
I missed out 2 issues after #11. What a loss! Interviews are interesting as I expected and so does the review. "If this is art, then my telephone is a go-cart". That was the review for Thy Majesty's "German Black Metal Art". That's a good to let people know you dont like the stuff hehe. Some of the interesting part in this issue are; Necropolis Records press statement and 'Declaration Of WAR' (As Blackmoon said "We Are War" is a bootleg, its good to hear the both side of the story but I couldn't make any conclusion. Both said they are "true"); SOUNDCHECK (some black metal "star" giving their points for some releases. Total up the points given by Shagrath, Satyr, Maniac, Frost and Fenriz, Burzum's "Hlidskjalf" if the worst release and When's "Psychedelic Wonderbaum" is the best release of the issue). Well, at first I thought the fan mail section have been removed. After reading further, I found the fan mail section in Sex and Satan (I havent informed you about this 'fan mail section'. As usual the readers give their bad (or good) comments but the reply for the editor are quite funny although the replied do have some sense). Oh, Sex and Satan? Now I'm really relieved this mag didn't go the custom check. If the officer see this, it will be confiscated. In this column the model (the same one you see on the front cover) will posse as to what the reader request (if I understand it right). So here you have Diva Demona possed as 'black widow', etc either nude or semi-nude. I'm sure male readers will rejoice over this but not female as we can see in the fan mail section hehe. Nothing else to add, just another good issue. And this issue already sold out but few copies is available from distro such as Ludah Prod.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
144 pages, A5, xerox, English
Embrace of Thorns, Pek, Antacid, Denouncement Pyre, Begrime Exemious, Enshadowed, Demonic Rage, Hellspirit, Goat Tyrant, Riddle of Meander, Warfist, Bestial Holocaust
My debut issue of this long running metalzine from Poland. I have no clue of what to expect from this zine. I need some time to understand his English which totally in kamikaze style. Thumbs up for the bands who manage to answer it well hehe. The zine are thick but no table of content. One good thing I found here is, all the space are very well used by Adam. Very info-packed I must say. The use of pictures are very minimal, mostly are small sized font which can get your eyes tired after a while. He also put lot of comments of the reviews which is quite lenghty but that is not a bad thing. There are some zine review and music reviews are called "Worldy Assault" but no separation to different formats like CD/Vinly/etc. These reviews are separated to multiple section like "The First Battle", "Total War", "The Final Resistance" and they are placed in between the interviews. I read these reviews but couldn't think whether the reviews are grouped according to certain criteria or not. For those who are interested to know more on Polish scene, there is a special review section on Polish bands called "Polish Hell". Another interesting column in the zine is "Pearl From Abyss" (review of old demo/releases and bands) and "The Forgotten Race" (interview with tape trader). After I got this issue (by trade with some local metalhead), I was informed Adam have released few more issues so #19 is quite old but the content does not seem to be outdated. You can also contact him and ask about his bootleg releases (available via trade).
c/o Adam Stasiak
42/3, 80-139 Gdansk
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
52 pages, magazine, English
Dark Funeral, War, Sadus, Willow Wisp, Satyricon, Cannible Corpse, Gorgoroth, Gehenna, Krabathor, Immortal
One day in the office I sat doing nothing, just staring at monitor, waiting time to pass by and go home. Suddenly some memories from my school years came in my mind. Then I remembered some of the earliest zine/mag which I bought via "well-hidden cash in letter". Haha. Some lonely fuxx I am. Then i googled for Nordic Vision. Fortunately they have a great website, with info and screen shot of the previous issues. The first issue I bought is issue #5, then 7,8 & 9. For the first time I confess, from this mag I get to know Sabbat (Japan) although it is just in the news section (with Gezol picture on it). That picture of Gezol with leather underwear hooked me into searching more info about them and become crazy on Sabbat. Enough for the nostalgic moment. Great to know Melankol-X still alive and have this mag running (he stop his activity for a while though). This is very old issue but still available from their official distro in Asia; Ludah Prod of Indonesia. Postage sucks. 1 issue is almost USD15 including postade. In this issue, the layout is not as fancy like most of pro-mag today but I have no problem with that. I know the band featured here are "superstar" and you can get to see them in most mainstream magazine. What I like the most with the mag is the interviews with the Norwegian bands are really interesting. The choice of bands are also varied, from black to death and Willow Wisp?? That's a weird band to be featured in here. There are also reviews on demos, album and zine. Some reviews are short and some just have title of the release. Maybe because the stuff is too boring and waste of time by typing the review. This issue is now sold out but few copies might still be available from Ludah Prod.
32 pages, A5, pro-printed, English
Drawn And Quartered, Embalmed Souls, Karnarium, Necrocultus, Cianide, Slugathor, Dead Congregation, Bloody Sign, Unconsecrated, Sargatanas
Voids Of Vomit, Invidious, Hatespawn
This issue is twice bigger than their debut issue and also the size is slightly bigger than A5 (but not sure what to write so I wrote A5). Some feedback they got after announcing in issue 1 that the zine is for death metal is some fucker accusing them as "closed minded". Hahaha. That are some of thing they wrote in the editorial (which is longer this time). Beside that they inform the zine will be released twice a year. Well, I don't mind buying them as long as the content is interesting. It still maintain the layout format like issue 1, the fonts, the columns style. There are some news but perhaps just to fill up space. There is a page on DISTORTED HARMONY RECORDS, sort a tribute page with the front cover of the releases (they release now consider kult 7" like Carcass Live '91 and Thou Shalt Suffer, among the few). Again, this issue is also recommended!!
Crypts Of Eternity
Monday, August 10, 2009
16 pages, A5, pro, English
Headhunter DC, Mortem, Repugnant, Kaamos
Unaussprechlichten Kulten, Backyard Mortuary
I got this issue by trade with Api Fanzine editor and he warned me about the size of this zine. But after reading a good review in Voices of The Darkside I don't hesitate and agree to have the zine. And yes, I'm not dissappointed although it is 16 pages thick but made profesionally printed. Even with the small amount of page, they put table of content. The zine starts with a short editorial, describing the purpose of the zine. If you read the name of the band's interviewed, you know they are into death metal and they are really DM maniac! The interviews are well made and very in depth and really interesting to read. They really know their stuff. The layout is clean, two column per page and got frame (not artwork frame), using unconventional font type (not New Times Roman, etc). The font type is okay, its readable but when used in all capital letter, I get some hardtime in understanding it (for example that band's name Unaussprech.. i hope it got it right). The reviews are separated to several parts (Demo, vinyl, Cd, etc) but the reviews are rather short and no rating. Well, you finish this zine in no time and once you do, you badly want their next issue. Fortunately for me, I got 2 issues in 1 shot haha. For you, support this "small" underground jewel.
Crypts Of Eternity
Thursday, August 6, 2009
72 pages, A5, xerox, English
Bastardator, Power From Hell, Hellhound, Ketzer, Kobra, Warhammer, Nasty Savage
Magic Circle Festival (ticket price Euro88!), US Report, Outrage gig, Thrash 'Em Down 5, Way Of Darkness 3 Festival, Thrash Assault 3, Possessed By Thrash 3, Keep It True XI, Return of Pure Filth and Mayhem (Witching Hour, Ketzer, Nuclear Warfare, Blizzard), Mosh Attack, Blackthrash and Bestial Lust.
Releasing 6 issues in 3 years time (2006 - 2009), seems like making a zine is an easy thing. Maybe that's not true but Flo do make it to look that way. This time around the number of pages have increased. BUT only 7 interviews? Hah, dont let the numbers turn you down. The interviews are quite long and informative. Example, Hellhound have like 40 questions running on 8 pages or so. Beside that there's more to read beside the interviews. As you noticed, more "Live Attack" (that is what gig review section is called). This issue still have the same ingredient like the previous issues. I dont want to talk about that anymore, please read my other reviews to understand this zine better. There's also a US Report, which is like Flo's diary on the visit to US and the gig he attended there. The improvement for this issue is the genre of stuff reviewed are written after the title of that stuff. Good way to skip the type of music that you dont like. By putting the genre, you are guessing not just thrash being reviewed, right? Yes, it feature non-thrash metal too in the review. He got a good reason for doing that. Will the next issue be more than just thrash? I hope not. I just prefer the way it is now. Get a copy now before the new issue is out!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
60 pages, A5, xerox, English
Abigail, Cut Throat, Barbatos, Tiger Junkies, Chornyj Woron, Morbid Saint, Witchaven, Rigor Mortis
Overkill/Motorhead (Munich), Rites Of Violence, Metal Mania Party, Italian Thrash Assault, Thrash Assault 2, Thrash Attack Part V, Possessed By Thrash 2, Keep It True X, The Metal Attack, Gama Bomb (Baureth), Revenge Of True Metal PArt II, Municipal Waste (Munich), Sabbat (Lahnstein)
It seems like interview with cult bands, are longer compare with the rest. So the 'special' interview for this issue is Rigor Mortis. And of course if you are interviewing Yasuyuki, you will ask about all the projects he's in. So Flo cover his main project Abigail/Cut Throat / Barbatos / Tiger Junkies in single session separated with the band's logo, etc when the question shifted from one band to another. It's also good for Flo releasing 2 issue in a year, instead of having all release in 1 issue. Because I think A5 size (A4 paper folded into two kind of format) zine not suitable to have thicker or have like 100 pages. I dont know how to say this. Just take 50 A4 paper, fold it into 2. It will have some "leftover" paper. I dont like that. Its look messy. Issue #6(66) still maintain 60 page. The new issue is thicker though. Check out the review for #7.
60 pages, A5, xerox, English
Baphomet's Blood, Banished Force, Maot, Hellish Crossfire, Bulldozer, Enforcer, Witches Hammer
Wacken Open Air, Metal On Metal, Metal Meridian Festival 9/9/07, Metal Forces Night, Return Of Darkness And Evil 2, Cordobar/Germering 11/9/07
The front cover artwork is funny though. The devil is reading issue #4 but looks like he doesn't enjoy it. If issue #2, I understand why he is sad (because of "panda black metal" haha). The zine is thicker this time still with the usual ingredient, THRASH METAL! If you like the previous issue, you must like this a lot. The reviews have more front cover art compared with the previous issues. Steve of Witch Hammer ended the interview in an unusual way. When asked "anything to add..", he then talk about various subject; global warming, Bin Laden, nutrition, etc. Explaining it like it is one of the X-Files case which Fox Mulder should investigate.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
56 pages, A4, xerox, English
Godus, 9th Plague, Blacklodge, Misericordia, Crucifier, Must Missa, Bloody Sign, Hatework, Death Squadron, Triswood, Necrovation, Evocation, Paganizer, Nocturnal Vomit, Ancient Rites, Calvarium, Bloodthirst, Delirium Tremens, Bestial Raids, Strandhogg, Masse Mord, Mordhell, Aguynguerran, Atomizer
This is a very old issue which I got by trade in year 2009. Very out-dated issue you will say but I think it's OK to give some promo here. This is the first issue made in English. Layout-wise, neatly done probably using some desktop publishing software. But there are some interview which I think the arrangement of the text and logo a bit messy or causing confusion. There's an article, criticizing Turbosperminator (where this Turbo.. criticize and laugh at black metal). And also talks on American BM elite, bootlegs, (un)black metal @ christian metal. Comparing his English with other English zine I read from Poland, Panzerfaust is way better. Will be great to see their latest issue, if they are still alive.
c/o Marcin Olczak
86-105 Swiecie 5,
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
52 pages, A5, xerox
Evil Army, Strike Master, Witchburner, Executioner, Deathhammer, Bloodquest, Antacid
Motörhead in Munich, Fuck X-mas
The format is the same like other issue. The improvement for this issue is the font size, its better look like this. Starting from this issue, there's a news section but a very small one like half of page only. I forgot to mention this in issue #2, the zine small in size but have page number and table of content. One of the interesting part is the mailorder guide. 2 pages of info on good mailorder distro. Some featured here are Nuclear War Now!, Hell's Headbanger Records and Witchhammer. I'm not sure whether this going to a regular feature or not. It is not in issue #4.
48 pages, A5, xerox, English
Meltdown, Merciless Death, Toxic Holocaust, Redimoni
Bang Your Head Festival, Up The Metal Punx, Minotaur gig, Trench Hell gig
After reading issue #4, I contacted Flo and bought issue 2 to 6. The debut issue no longer available. Sigh. Cool if can read the complete discography and see how the zine progress. Flo was 17 years old when completing this issue. Cut n paste style ofcourse, but the pictures quality are not sharp enough though. The font for the interview is too big for my liking. The interview I'm looking forward to read is Toxic Holocaust but the answer is too short. Reviews are separated to few parts and for audio review they are rated from 0 to 10. The editor really show his hatred to black metal in this issue. There's a picture of some 'panda' black metal folk with the quote "where's my toilet paper?". It's funny for some but some might get pissed off.
40 page, A5, pro-print, Indonesia
The Bolong, Siksakubur, Dead Vertical, Kubur Masal
Bumi Berputar, Teleriax, Black13, Koil, Straight On View, Core Meddle, GunxRose, One Voice, Tersanjung13, Romantical Tragis, Screwface, Fall, Ovi, My Seven Years, Indonesian Flag, The Sabotage, Day of Atonement, Rage Generation Brothers, Naked Truth, Dream Angel, Gagab Rimang, Anarchy Terror Crew, The Nonsense, Jagal, All Virgin Hated, Diabolical, Gamelanoink, Pulverizer, MAB, Killharmonic, Endless Love, Foxy Roxy, HumanxRight
Phew! I hope I didn't missed any name from the bio. Seriously, this is one of my fave zine in term of space usage. Very packed! Hope I will not have to wear spectacles after this. I missed few issues after #2. Actually this is the second issue I bought. Not much difference compare with the previous issue I read. The layout, the humour, everything is almost the same except this issue is pro-printed! Now beside the usual intie/bio @ text material, I can also enjoy watching babes in bikini hehe. Beside all that, there are few articles and a gig report "Napalm Death Tour 2007". And you will also get a free sticker with this issue.
60 pg, pro-print, English
Venificum, Sinoath, Carved In Stone, Satariel, KD Basses (Bass guitar manufacturer), Kult, Gospel Of The Horn, Satanochio, Cerebral Turbulency, Battlegod Productions, Warface, For Ruin, Spearhead, Exumer, Blood Duster, Saxorior, Devilish Impressions, Deicide
Good to know Chavdar still release Brutallica Magazine to the metal masses! Not much to complain, already 13th issue so you can get a good read. Layout-wise, some got large font size, well, not the average size I used to read but not a big problem. Some interview dont have any intro maybe want to save some space. Most interesting interview is with Battlegod Prod (not so shy to share his business tip). Not many reviews here. Chavdar said they received 600+ promo, of course impossible to review them all so he choose those who are related to Brutallica (eg. those who advertise with them). And ofcourse, free CD sampler with every issue. Check out their web for some info on Brutallica Records and Print Brutallica.
Block 1, Apt. 1,
Monday, July 27, 2009
12 pages, A4, pro-print
Devastation, Selvageria, Hateful Agony, Tyrants Blood, Filli Nigrantium Infernalium
For this issue only left Carlos managing the newsletter. The content have increased and he said issue 3 might be a full magazine. Great! Another kult cut n paste madness! The answer for the last Cuntest is the song Public Suicide by DBC (from Dead Brain Cells LP). That's an obscure release! Sexy and nude pictures are a bonus for me. You dont see that in issue 1. Although the interviews and reviews (nearly 70 reviews of audio stuff and zine) are serious, you can get some humour in between the pages. "I am so true!! I dont use email" are some of the hillarious quotes you can find here. The first 25 copies of this newsletter will get "Pussy Worshipper Warrior" button. Arghh! My copy is #142!!