Thursday, June 17, 2010

Evil's Best #2 (2008)

92 page, A5, xerox, English

Hod, Superchrist, Strident, Morbid Tendency, Crushing Jackhammer, Recrucify, Thrash Storm, Apokalyptic Raids, Sacrificial Blood, Tangorodrim, Golgolot, Gehennah, Dead To This World, Ancient Rites

My first ever mail from Israel. I got mixed reaction before I ordered this zine. I thought our government might confiscated my mail and I could be probably boycotted by the local metalhead. Haha. Some imagination (but not so sure about the second one). Should politics be mixed? Well, at least this zine doesnt. It also feature band from neighbouring country, Lebanon (both country involve in war few years ago). This is the first issue written in English. A very well-layouted zine, page are numbered and have table of content. There's no border artwork and such, the layout looks clean done with computer. Almost every page have pictures although sometimes not related with the band. Example if the band say Clint Eastwood, you'll see his picture haha. Almost all reviews have the cover art as well. Well-done on the visual aspect. The content are much more interesting. The Q & A are done "live" so its very interactive, informative (the bands answered it quite long too) and with some humour in the questions as well. (if not "live", then it sure looks like a normal chat to me). I will never asked about band's bio to band like Ancient Rites (already read lots of intie bout this band since mid 90's) but Gunther very well summarized their bio. About the reviews, all formats are combined together, rated and not arrange in alphabetical order. There's also concert reviews, label's guide and address list of the bands/label featured in the zine compiled into one page. In this issue, you can discover some Israeli bands (I only know Salem, Orphaned Land & Melechesh). The editor will answered back if the band said "No" when asked about Israeli metal scene. So you'll have sort of a small scene report here and there. And the most important one is Tangorodrim (special feature in this issue, called "Tangorobituary" with interview and reviews). I'm also pleased to know Golgolot is a Hebrew word for "skull" (I thought of somebody teasing Gorgoroth after all the soap opera created by this band haha. The editor also run a label and have some release out. So also ask about that when contacting them.


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