Monday, June 27, 2011

Cross of Black Steel #2 (2006)




Cross of Black Steel #2 (2006)
44pg, A4, pro-printed, English

Interview
Archgoat, Capricornus, Denial Of God, Diaboli, Exordium, Helrunar, Metsatoll, Morbosidad, Nachtmystium, Obtest, Primordal, Secrets Of The Moon, Skyforger, The Ruins Of Beverast, Tymah

"Transylvanian Underground Black Metal Zine" starts the zine with the editor name the bands that didn't answer their interview in their editorial. Nice way to ‘promote’ those bands.

Interviews are good but don't quite understand why such questions being asked to D.O.G. Anyway that is quite hilarious for me. The layout is very clean. 3 columns per page with background image and 'separator' between the columns. Lot of pictures and small fonts size. So there are lots of reading and lots of eye candy to prevent you from asleep. Thumbs up on the layout!

The reviews; CD/LP review in 1 section and tape/cdr/7" in different section. Both are not alphabetically arranged and not rated.

One thing I think quite unusual. When open the zine you see the same cover inside the zine before the editorial start. You can see the whole artwork when you spread out the zine like you can see above. Actually after I bought this issue, I found the link to download issue #1 in some forum. So comparing with the previous issue, they are using the same concept (cover design) and layout.

E-mail
mirgilus[at]mirgilus[dot]com

Web

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Hermyth #1 (2010)




Hermyth #1 (2011)
48 pg, A4, xerox, Malay

Interview
Sindraz, Qharinth, Catarrh, Enthusiastic, Zill Ghayib Zine, Ajal, Grind Your Ass Zine, Symphony Jimbalang, Tammat al-Qubra

Biography
Immolate

Debut issue from Malacca. The editor said in the editorial the name of the zine inspired by Marilyn Manson. He also spoke about some history of this zine. He decided to do a cut n paste style but not a good one. I think with some research, he can do a lot better. Excellent laser zerox. Interviews are average, only simple question asked which led to simple (boring) answer by the bands (I wonder whether their music as boring as their answer?). Or probably they all are like me, can write better in English but not in Malay. Cool to know old band like Catarrh still answer paper zine like this. The layout are not the best one I've seen. Large font size, paste text on top of text (making it hard to read) and paste text on a blank paper (it's cut n paste too but on blank paper? That does not work with me). The zine is a bit organized though by having table of content and the page are numbered. Other content in the zine are news section, zine & audio reviews (reviews not rated). I didn't expect much because it is only a debut issue however they got potential. Hope they can release more issues in the future. My copy is hand-numbered #17 in green color.

Contact
c/o Azman
Lot 941, Jalan Setulang Daeng,
Pulau Gadong,
75200 Melaka,
Malaysia

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Domain #6 (2010)




Domain #6 (2010)
44 pg, A4, xerox, English

Interview
Nuclear Warfare, Ancient Horns, Mantak, Hirilorn, Diocletian, Antacid, Imperial Tyrants, Impiety

Excellent xerox quality (laser! the type every zine should use these day). No changes at all on the layout department. Frame artwork on every page just like the previous issue (talking about issue #5, I didn't know it was included the Desaster boxset!). This issue use the artwork created by Oik Wasfuk (oikwasfuk@yahoo.com). Great and talented artist! You can see lots of killer artwork especially on the frame and on page #3. Interviews are OK. No review in this issue though due to tape/CD/vinyl deck not functioning (can any metalhead live without this? how do you cope with that man!). There is a column on serial killer, this time featuring Albert Fish. I'm not into this topic so I skip and read this last. But I found some quote that is interesting (little girls have more flavour than little boys). Also one funny thing, he insert wool in his anus and set it on fire. Well, not many will do that except for those jackass in Jackass. There are also some sort of mini-poster on the inside of the front & back cover (Shyaithan & Metalucifer). Syaiful did a good job again. This zine is printed in 300 copies and I've seen some Euro distro selling this zine. Get it before it sold-out.

Sadogoat Perversion #1 (2009)




Sadogoat Perversion #1 (2009)
64 pg, A4, xerox (pro-print cover), English

Interview
Blasphemophager, Cult of Daath, Mandatory, Morbosidad, God Macabre, Claustrophobia, Nocturnal Grave, Funebrarum, sanotorio, Almighty Emperor, Bestial Atrocity, As Sahar, Sadomator, Goatpenis, Morbid Goat Fornicator, Necrosadist, Body Hurting Art, Dodenkrocht, Blacker, Satanic Rites, Decayed, Tyrant's Blood, Tumult, Necroholocaust

Bio
Insultor, Unborn, Demoniac Slaughter

There are a lot of bands cramped in just 64 pages. No page number and no table of content. Questions are average, mostly 10 - 14 average questions. Earlier part of this zine is quite boring but gradually, the next interviews are getting better and better. So I assume the first interviews on the zine are his earlier work which is still lacking certain factor. Some interviews are contributed by Michael & Estupro. They made a special section for 'Ross Bay Cult' and this section feature Tyrant's Blood, Tumult, Necroholocaust. Xerox quality are good but some pictures is too dark. About the layout, Manuel use normal computer columns but with good frame artwork. Thanks goodness they use frame artwork which is good to look at since interview are not that interesting. There are some audio reviews. This is debut issue and I think the future can be a good issue. He knows where his weakest points are. Last check on his myspace few minutes before I upload this shows no new issues have been release.

Contact
c/o Manuel Atencio Bonatto,
Prolog. Faustino Sanchez C.,
#101-103,
El REtablo Iera etapa,
Lima 07 Peru

Web
http://www.myspace.com/sadogoat

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Antichrist #6 (2008)



Antichrist #6 (2008)
36 pg, A4, xerox, English

Interview
Alastor, Bestial Raids, Dimentianon, Draco Hypnalis, Empheris, Hate, Moder, Nunslaughter, Old Temple Records, Rigor Sardonicus, Sathanas, Slaughter Brute

This is their first English issue. Congratulations! Neat computerised layout with background graphic and it is very fortunate that the xerox quality is excellent! If not, it will make the text hard to read. Also comes with CD sampler but I didnt get mine since I got this by trade from some local metalhead so can't comment on songs selection. Nothing much to say about this issue. The review section cover all formats (music section) and that consumed 10 pages of this zine but very few review in "Paper Artillery" (zine review). Aleksandr Moksymov did all the work (also run Deadshop distro and Dead Center Productions) while Faustina666 is responsible for the interview with Rigor Sardonicus. With 36 page, it looks like a thin zine but the font are small so there will be more to read. I have their newer issues and they have improved a lot and become a pro-magazine.

Web
http://www.antichrist.deadshop.info/

Pathologically Explicit #7 (2005)




Pathologically Explicit #7 (2005)
52 page, A5, pro-print, English

Interview
Machetazo, Brodequin, Goregiastic Records, Melting Flesh, Flagellum Dei, Goratory, Gathering Darkness, Devourment, Deaden, Eschaton, Infected Malignity, Abrasive, Emeth, Internal Suffering, Misanthropy Productions, Rompeprop, Gutrol, Vomitory, Psycroptic, Nocturnal Vomit, Zombie Ritual, Vomit Remnants, Nihil Obstat, Stabwound

I'm not really sure whether this is pro-printed or a good laser xerox. Anyway, the print quality is excellent especially when background picture is used for the interview. Pity the layout is too simple type using computer. Some graphic used are not edited. You can see "click here to enter" which I think they are taken from websites. No table of content and the pages are not numbered. Some interviews dont have intro or band logo on top but the questions are numbered so you will not get confused. If its numbered 1, that will belong to the next interview/band. Music reviews are not rated and arranged by label releasing them, not by band's name. You will not see that too often! At the end of section, they continued with tape and zine reviews. A lot of bands featured here but they are not in genre that I like. Also available here a short Colombian scene report.

Contact
c/o Fernando Romero Bastante,
c/Madrid N°10,
14120 Fuenten Palmera,
Cordoba, SPAIN.

Email
Patologic69 (a) hotmail.com

Reek #1 (2009)




Reek #1 (2009)
40 page, A5, xerox, English

Interview
Tribulation, Nuclear Winter Records, Fatalistic, Shackles, Maim, Miasmal

Another death metal fanzine. Excellent xerox quality! The pages are numbered and with table of content. Layout are made to look primitive (the font type and frame artwork) while on the reviews section are made cut 'n paste style. They put band discography at the end of the interviews. Interviews are short like less than 15 and average questions. Some interviews might not give you anything if you read zine a lot. Music reviews are not arrange in alphabetical order and not rated. Vinyl and CD in one section while demo in a separate section. Zine review also available here but no address of the zine being reviewed. Bands have metal-archives.com but zine dont have that. The editor, Peter, also wrote articles on movies "Nekromantik", "der Todesking" and ends with gospel from "The Brotherhood of The Seventh Day" (not my topic though). What I find original is "A Look Into the Future" is list of upcoming releases which he look forward to have. I still think this is a good debut issue. After reading the 'introfuktion' I think the editor is being modest. His English is good especially when I firstly thought Reek Zine is from Thailand because no address written in this page (Peter did wrote 'Thailand' in his intro). Latest info, he changed the name to Reeking Death.

Contact
c/o Peter Larsen
Slotssøvejen 16,2
6000, Kolding,
Denmark

Email
impure666 (a) gmail.com

Web
http://www.verticalpixel.net/reek.htm

Grrrl:Rebel #5 (2007)



Grrrl:Rebel #5 (2007)
66 page, A5, xerox, English

Interview
Girl Germs, Plush, Lick It Good, Oddity, BBBomb

As usual there are plenty of articles. Some column like "Words For Mind Empowerment" have few articles in it featuring articles made by Niesa (Mass Separation), Natalie (Suspicious Stains), Ika (Peniti Pink Distro), Rahel (Anti-Frat), Dodo (Wolverette Zine) & Kylie. There are band pictures between the articles. At first I thought editor themselves are the one who wrote the articles. Other articles in this issue: Behind The Veils & The Teary Eyes, Babymakers From The Land of The Imbeciles, Be Part of Grrrly Rebellion. Also not to forget (which I forgot to mention in #4) is about "Queen of Noize". They still continue doing this column. Here is already part #5. Other content Grrrl scene report from Turkey, also have some info on Ebonsight (all female black metal band. I got their flyers somewhere in 1990's), "photo album" of Singapore Grrrl bands circa 1992 till present, "Classified", "Humour Me", "I Hate Mail" and of course music & zine reviews. I noticed they made this nice text-box with some band info called "Grrrl Star" which I didn’t see in the previous issues but only featured 2 bands (Stronza, Foamy ED), probably this is just to fill up space. Another good read is Q&A section, featuring some skinhead bands where they are asked same set of questions. This issue continues the format they introduced in #4. The font size is smaller now and I think it looks better this way. So thumbs up again for this zine.

Grrrl:Rebel #4 (2003)



Grrrl:Rebel #4 (2003)
78 page, A5, xerox, English

Interview
Unrest, The Phoebes, Hell-Sister, Lady! Die, Apocarypsticks, Damn Right, Peace Of Mind, Rai Koris, Goofban, Snap Her, Vandemonium, Bitchcat, Pothole, Astrear, Foamy Ed, The Official, Cobrachicks

Excellent xerox quality! A total makeover on the layout which is a vast improvement compared with the previous issues. I asked around about the type this zine used to bind the pages. Some shop said this is "gluebind" (bind like a book). Anyway this is the first time I see this kind of format used for a DIY publication. I never imagine the layout can be made like this for such a small size publication. Articles are plenty like the usual punk/HC zine. Some of the articels I like are "Columns by The Inspiring Musicians for the inspiring others" (musicians voicing their views on how they got involved in the scene), "Grrrl Rocks: The Male Perspective" and "10 Essential Female-Driven Albums", "Learn From The Expert" & "Sonique Quote". "I Hate Mail" section is still there (mail from the readers with their comment). Also presented here scene report on Brazil HC/Punk. It is quite enlightening for me discovering the scene which I'm not into. I didn’t know there's also lesbian punk zine existed. Other content are reviews on CD & zine and a classified section.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Atmospheric #15 (2009)




Atmospheric #15 (2009)
60 page, full size, pro-print, Polish

Interview
Chris Agony, Project: Failing Flesh, Hermh, Quo Vadis, Sonneillon, Esqarial, Cryptic Tales, Sabaton, F5, Blindead, Source of Deep Shadows, Drown My Day

After reading the reviews in Burning Abyss & Necroscope I am interested to check out this mag out. Got this by trade with Brewry Distro (www.myspace.com/brewerydistro). The content are all in Polish. Not sure about the content whether its interesting or not but interviews are really lengthy, probably made "live". Anyway, the layout, etc are professionally done the way a magazine do it. Printing quality is like laser printed on glossy paper with hard cover which remind me of one issue of Singapore's Dark Legion Magazine. Reviews are rated with audio & zine separated into different sections and split & compilation have its own section. There are some gig reports too. I think the highlight of this issue is the tribute page on Lux Occulta. The mag probably review their discography (I'm guessing here, since I couldnt read Polish). Couldn't remember what makes me want to get this mag in the first place. On the visual aspects they are excellent.

Web
http://www.atmospheric.pl/

Nobullshit #8 (2007)



Nobullshit #8 (2007)
26 pg, A4, xerox, English

Interview
Deathless Anguish, Georgian Skull, Wasted Land, Nihilistic Holocaust, Distorted, Dead Jesus, Inside Artzine, Grieving Age, Beltane

I got this zine by trade. Later I know this zine is also available for free by downloading the file from their web. Now I'm guessing I got the fucked-up version (wrongly printed) of this zine. I mean the page arrangement is not in order (double sided print) and the front cover is the same with the back cover (which is not the case in the download version). This is already the 8th issue. Usually at this stage, editors should have matured and improved. That is the case here so we will some interesting interviews. The zine starts with audio reviews (audio stuff, zine, video and book) before we can read the interviews. I found that putting the band's address at the beginning of the review is original, never seen that kind of format before. Layout 2 columns per page, neat looking, the pages are numbered but no table of content and some pages have background art. There are also some article which is quite a lot for a metal zine (Religion & Metal, What the Fuck, In The Desert Hell Part 2, Squat the World, A Witch Bibliography, What Do We get in return in Making Zine?, Am I A Potential Killer?, What's wrong with MP3?, How to make a Homebrew alcohol, Nothing to Write A Scene Report About?, Victim Of The System). The one on homebrew alcohol is cool which come with diagram. They also add their "diary" or experience in Saudi Arabia. The editors are Filipino but working in Saudi Arabia at the time of zine is made. They managed to get some Saudi Arabia bands here. They already released a new issue in 2011 which also available as free download. Check out their web!

Web
nbzine.cjb.net
www.myspace.com/corix

Tornado #5 (2005)




Tornado #5 (2005)
44 pg, A5, xerox, English

Interview
Victimizer, Abysmal Grief, Blasphemy, Mirage, Arckanum, NWN, Vomitor, Watain, Misery Omen, Mournful Congregation, Ripper, Sodomizer

"The Cursed Issue", says the zine. I once have all the issues before #5. Those who do not know, the editor also played in Denial of God and own Horror Records. This issue looks like the way I remembered. Computer type layout with 2 or 3 columns per page. Using small font size so things look a bit cramp. No space waste because everything are nicely arranged. One thing that I think make their own trade mark is using frame/border artwork including in between the column. Interviews are a good read. They manage to interview Mirage (an old Danish Heavy Metal released a mini-album in 1985). Reviews are at times are short and are placed in extra space after the interview but it also have its own review section. I got this as a xerox copy from some metalhead like 2 years ago. The actual copy will look a lot better. I'm quite delighted to know a new issue is already out after a long silence. Will definitely get a copy of #6.

Web
www.myspace.com/tornado_magazine

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Sangwitok #8 (2010)




Sangwitok #8 (2010)
92pg, A5, xerox, English

Interview
Paganus Doctrina, Diabolical, Nightmare, Pensees Nocturnes, Unlight Dawn, Orgy Of Flies, Symphony Jimbalang, Militant Attack, Wrath Passion, Abrahel, Immolate, Black Sister, Beltane

Bio
Morbid Funeral, Lost God, Thorns of Hate, Firasah, Inhumate, Sectioned, Dimentianon, Humiliation, Ceremony of Opposites

I feel like I just bought this issue week ago. Then I got an email from Ed informing #9 is out already. Now I realized months have passed by and this issue left neglected. There must be some reasons why I skip reading this hand-numbered #21 issue. Too many zine ordered in a month could be the main reason. What I find weird at first here is having 2 smaller pages in one A5 page with reduced font size. Editor justifies his action as cost cutting measure, to reduce the thickness of this issue. I think it will be nice if all the pages are made this way. The rest of the layouts are the one I already familiar with. The questions are entertaining, Sangwitok-style, although they are not all serious questions and music-related. As usual, quite a few bands are from Malaysia. Some interviews/bio is written in Malay. Would be better if they are made in English or maybe the band don’t want to spread their name outside of non-Malay speaking world (you, the reader are not missing anything anyway). Reviews are not rated and not grouped in specific section. They are sometimes in between the interviews. Artworks for this issue are courtesy of Karnivorism Art, Blackwitch Imperial Art & Nurhidaya. Infometal is here (8 pages) and yes, the editor's review of issue #7 is here. The thing that missing are the sexy chicks! Probably it was left out to pay respect for his late father which died before this issue is out (and be a good son for once). Issue #9 already out at this time so ask about that too when you contact them.

Metal Zone Newsorder #1 (2008)



Metal Zone Newsorder #1 (2008)
32 page, A5, xerox, Malay

Interview
In Torment, Ceased War, Samatary, Akhnakh

Bio
Kundinar, Raizhobium, Gagak Bulan, Incarcerate, Reynagade, Ensemble Of Silence, Hereafter, Necroagony, Oprich, Al-Azazil, Gorgon, Traitor, Ceremonial Casting, Niang, Obsolete, Cafergot

I believe this "newsorder" is a newsletter given free to any Metal Zone Distro customer. It's not a professionally design newsletter but look more like a 'old' zine with good frame/border artwork. This small publication has page number and table, with front cover artwork made by Zizi Amri. There is only one interview made by MZD (with Stone of Silent Death. Stone was in drug rehab at that time) while the rest are made by Askwhatra of Al-Zannakh zine. They also have a section called "Metal Zone News" which I mistaken it as Metal Zone news (news concerning the label) but it turn out to be the usual metal news. The effort of making mini posters of Godless Rising and Braindead is great but the xerox quality is not good enough, so that mini posters will be a waste. No in-depth discussion in the interviews. They are short and are mainly to promote the bands. Some reviews (CD, CDR, tape and zine) and gig report available also some flyers pasted here and there, as well as a section of Metal Zone distribution list. It would be great if they can continue producing this kind of publication of course not because it’s free but because of the content.

Contact
c/o Metal Zone Distro
No. 24 Jalan Peremba,
Taman Samudera,
05050 Alor Setar
Malaysia

Web
www.myspace.com/metalzonedistro

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Empayar #6 (2009)



Empayar #6 (2009)
magazine, Malay

Interview
In Torment, Aziz VFTE, Impiety, and some indie rock band

Did I mention about the policy of this site on monthly released magazine? Well,I will review this kind of publication here but I will do it once just to promote the magazine (I will not reviewing them every month!). I should put this up when they are still alive. This mag already r.i.p. and reformed under new name (Karisma) but since I have jotted down some notes about this mag before they r.i.p. so why not put them here. And of course, it’s also for my craze on Impiety. To see the face of Shyaithan on the front at the news stand is some kind of weird feeling but the magazine didn't put that name inside the magazine for security reason. Anyway, some info about this magazine, there are couple of famous local metal bands in the editorial. Some of them are Nazghoul, Xul MS, Fadzil, Jaie, Nadia, Bob Agigi, Ajizz, Lan Bye but they are using their real name instead of evil sounding pseudonyms. Some regular columns are "Belenggu Irama" (10 questions asked to well-known local ‘u/g’ and this issue features Aziz of Vortex of The East zine), "Expose Minda" (featuring Soul Devour, Leather Charms. It’s kind of featuring new upcoming local band), "Album klasik Tempatan" (direct translation in English is "Local Classic Album" but this issue feature Profane Creation's "False Mourning On Futile Grave" demo 1993), "Fenomena Rock", "Tribute", "Injeksi Minda" and the usual interviews, reviews & gig reports sections. Also included are pull-out poster of my recently fave band Nuclear Strikes.

There are some attempts of bringing 'underground' metal to the mainstream in the past but all of them failed. It seems this mag is more successful but later got some problem as well. Karisma looks promising. Unlike Empayar which disguised the mag as rock/indie music magazine (some issue feature indie band on the front cover) but featuring some extreme metal band inside, Karisma is more "metal" starts from its front cover.

Web
http://www.myspace.com/majalahempayar