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!