Thursday, April 28, 2011
Iron Hammer #3 (2009)
68 pg, A5, xerox, English
Death Invoker, Black Serpent, Sargatanas, Children Of Technology, Cultes des Ghoules, Metal Genocide, Kathgor
A mixed of old and new; cut n paste for the interview and 2 columns per page computer layout for reviews. "Zine without some personal words in the beginning feels like a cock without balls", says the editor. The editor also commented on some zine asking the same questions to every band as lack of individuality. Fortunately he doesn’t do that in his zine. Interviews are interesting so does the reviews. Total of 20 + 1.5 (last minute reviews) page for reviews. There are plenty because the font is small the way I like it! The first part of the review is "Unholy Scripture" (zine review). Normally zine will not short review of zine but here they are quite long. I learnt a few things from the zine reviews and I too, not often reading real English zine, mostly are Germ-anal-english one. The second part of the review (audio stuff) starts without any introduction right after Children of Technology interview. The reviews are not rated.
Just read good things (at least I good the impression that it is good) about Black Grail in the zine review of Ave Satan Zine. Well in Iron Hammer, the editor totally trashes them. Another highlight for me is the Kathgor interview. I couldn’t find enough info about this band even though there are from Malaysia. Other features in this zine; "Death Dealers" which is list & addresses of reliable labels around the world and also (lengthy) gig reviews.
c/o Marius Greza
Danziger Str. 20
ironhammer @ archor . de
Ave Satan #1 (2010)
40 pg, A4, xerox, English
Prosanctus Inferi, Mantak, Ex-Inferiis, Deiphago, Chaos Baphomet, Trench Hell, Demon Throne, Pek, Almighty Sathanas, Necrovomit, Black Grail, Witchtomb, Embraced of Thorns, Denounce Pyre
Good debut issue. The editor choses cut n paste style (with no table of content and no page number), or can also be called 'tear and paste' because you can the paper are being tear which is quite original. Big size zine in cut n paste do look great especially when the xerox quality is excellent! The zine have no editorial section, it starts directly with zine reviews. Black Grail is the longest interview here. Trench Hell's interview looks like "unfinished" or maybe it is a complete interview but with no 'last word'. Embrace of Thorns interview is a bit hard to read for those having eyesight problem. Actually the interviews are all good. Interesting questions are asked which cover various topics, not just on the band's releases and their activities. Just sometime the arrangement of text is quite strange but I take that as puzzle game (I have to match or search which piece of paper that supposed to have the answer to the question. I think I have connected them right) which is quite fun.
Reviews (zine and vinly) are not grouped in one section. You will see some reviews after the interview. Some reviews start with French and some are in full French language. There is also a review of Mantak's Diabolical Psycholust LP which is released by the editor's @ Alexandre's label, Chalice of Blood Angel.
There's a pin-up poster of Necroholocaust on the centre spread page but not on separate sheet. It is a pity I can put them on my wall. I don’t want to damage the zine since are there interview of Almighty Sathanas in both backside of the paper.
I found email of Hail to Cruelty (some band made a short scene report in the interview with email addresses) but it's not working.
This is limited to 200 copies and not hand-numbered. No contact address written but it is available from Chalice of Blood Angel Production (of course!).
Hail To Cruelty #1 (2008)
116 pg, A4, English
Ejecutor, Shackles, Metal Inquisitor, Chainsaw, Heptameron, Force Of Darkness, Hellrealm, Exorcist, Sadomator, Sadogoat, Hellish Crossfire, Goat Penetrator Zine, Enforcer
Learn English or Die!
Nightstalker Richard Remirez
My first “bootleg zine” review. This is actually a xerox copy of the zine. I don’t know how the actual zine looks, whether its pro-printed or photocopy. There are few zine which I don’t have the chance to buy it so I ask some metal head to xerox the zine for me. Firstly, besides being my reference in case in the future I buy their newer issue so I have something to compare with. At first I thought I will only put these review in my paper issue only (if there's one later) but then I think why not put some info here. So please don’t judge the picture of the zine because the actual zine will look better.
Nekroperverter & Evil Krusher made an excellent debut (picture of them available here). About the layout, it's a killer cut n paste style! Using 'old-English' font for the text and on some pages they used frame artwork. The pages are numbered and provided table of content. Reviews covered zine in the section called "Evil Scripts" and also audio stuff (demo, LP, EP & compilation) creatively named as "Demonstrations of the Dark" which are rated 1 to 5 with the highest point 666.
English are understandable. Good interviews are presented here and have also some live reports.
Mine copied copy are hand-numbered #032/200. I hope I can get a 'true' copy of this zine and also hope they can release more issues.
c/o Evil Krusher
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Deadbanger #3 (2010)
44 pg, A5, pro-printed, English
Nigro Mantia, Pagan Rites, Hideous Invasion, Resistance, Horned Almighty, The Crypt Records, Black Wreath, Killtown Death Fest, Anal Vomit
A very interesting interview made with Nigro Mantia. I hailed the editor for the research made for this band. Very obscure band. They only release 1 demo but the editor managed to make the interview very interesting and informative even though the response is not a satisfactory one from the band (Michael) due to memory lost. There are some reviews of audio stuffs and zine (not arranged in alphabetically and not rated) but of course you know reviews are not the highlight of this zine. Layout is in the same style like previous issue. Latest check before I upload this review, issue #3 is still available and issue #4 should be out this month (April 2011). I suggest you can this issue while it is still available!