Thursday, July 21, 2011
Morbid Tales #1 (April 2005)
40 pg, A5, xerox, English
Impaler, Sabbat, Blasphemy
After I published the review for #6, I noticed the back issues are still available. I bought right away this "Megapack" of 5 issues from The Basar North America. The decision to get older issues is to check whether it’s justified to end the zine at #6. If you want to end something, you must make the final output as great as you can then you can die happily! Like Morbid Tales, #6 is best compared with the older issues on many things. This issue was made in cut n paste style and very dark zine (print/xerox quality are too dark but you can still read it). The editorial and gig reports are hand-written. At the edge of the paper, some sentences can’t be read in full because some words are missing. It will take hours to make that Impaler interview and also reading it because the answer was cut n paste line by line and they are not all in straight line (I need to be focused here). The pages are numbered but no table of content. Album reviews are rated with 80's stuffs compiled in 1 section. No zine review but there is review of metal shops called "Morbid Guide for Music Shops", mostly in Ontaria. There are cartoons and some caption on the pictures which is funny to read. This is a 40 pages issue, looks thick but you can finish this in few minutes.
Deadhead #5 (2010)
84pg, A4, xerox, English
Rator, Beherit, Repulsion, Shackles, Nate Wilson, Embalmed Souls, Nauseant, Exumer, Evoked Curse/Evil Angel/Witch Tiger, D'Zai, Martyvore, Embrace of Thorns, Baphometal Fanzine, Chainsaw
Will you consider a pro-printed coloured cover as improvement? I do! While the content, layout, front cover style are the same with previous issues, the colour covers is the obvious difference you will notice. Basically, if you like the previous issues (crazy in-depth interviews) you will definitely like this one. The interviews are really long (including the one contributed by Jim Tsallos for Embrace of Thorns), even the bands didn't know or already forgotten on some of their past. Embalmed Souls jokingly request the reader to claim a prize from Wan for the patience reading until the end. At the end of some interviews Wan put some hand-written quotes by the band member which I didn't remember seeing in the previous issue. Few 'live' interviews made for this issue (including Holocausto of Beherit?!!). Wan, meet them 'in person' while they are here in Kuala Lumpur. There's a Beherit pin-up poster on the centrefold but it will be much better use separate paper for this, not having any interview printed on the back of the poster. Some changes on the review section, now the front cover artwork is used instead of logo.
Wan made a very long editorial which explain why "The Fifth Secrecy" used as the title for this issue and in ended with a warning 'The worst is yet to come!' Some 4 pages are used for article written about some band's attitude. Now I know why there are "fuck off Antacid" in #4. I can't stop laughing looking at some of the pictures here. This is between the zine and the bands. I know Wan since high school (1996!) but I also don't have any problem with those bands.
I tried to have some copies for Annar Distribution but sadly this issue already sold-out. You can still get this from Hell's Headbanger Rex and some European distro (in NWN forum, I saw some have this issue for sale).
Domain #4 (2008)
72 pg, A4, xerox, English
Weapon, Witchhammer/Infernal Demon, Sabbat, Sickness666, Abigail, Eternal Oath, Legion of Death, Infernal Execrator, Ironfist, Hayagriva
This issue is entitled as "The Witches Rune" already sold out long time ago. A friend of mine gave this photocopied copy. Not really a good copy as you can see from the pictures above. Some parts can't be seen clearly. It was not stapled too so I had to write the page number to avoid myself getting confuse. Anyway, I'm sure the actual copy is better than this. Very good cover & frame artwork by Sickness666, as always. No page number but have table of content. Here you will have some interesting interviews and very a long one with Sabbat that includes their discography and the front covers! Syaiful normally puts discography after the interview ends. And you can also see Hayagriva without corpse-paint, cute! There are 'caption' on the pictures so it’s nice (and funny!) to read them. On the layout, as usual he use frame art and with 2 columns per page for the interview while on the review page is made in cut n paste style.
Reviews are not rated and not in alphabetical order. Some have picture of the bands instead of putting front cover or band's logo. The reviews are separated to different section; "Past, Present...Forever" (vinyl?), "Face of Darkness" (demo), "Alliance to The Powerthrone" (album/CD). Too many Desaster, eh? Here's another column, an article called "Infernal Voices", an article on a cannible from Japan, with some 'eye-candy' there. Last but not least, a gig review (Sabbat in Singapore).The next 2 issues will be special issues so bands & labels are discouraged to send promo. We now know #5 is Desaster Tribute issue and #6 is out already without any review section.
The original copy is hand-numbered 165/300 and thanks again for giving me a copy of this.
Gallery Of Grostesque #5 (2009)
220 pg, 8.5"x 11", pro-printed, English
Acheron, Destruktor, Black Witchery, Satanic Skinhead Propaganda, Nyogthaeblisz, Nuclear War Now!, Maija, Scythian, Forgotten Woods, Velvet Cacoon, Full Moon Prod., Nightbringer, Perversor, Ignivomous, Dead Congregation, Deiphago, Oaken Throne Zine, Black Majesty, Ares Kingdom, Crimson Moon, Goatlord, Malidicere, Profanatica, Roba el-Khaliyeh, Wolfhetan, Ajna Offensive
Thanks to Afterlife Prod. for distributing this zine. This thick and heavy publication will cost a lot if buying it directly from USA. No table of content and no page number. Because it is too thick I don’t want to count (like I usually do for any normal zine) how many pages available here. Info that I got from the web says this zine consist of 220 pages! This zine is named as 'tour' instead of 'issue'. The last 'tour' was made 5 years ago. Is the thickness of this issue caused by 5 years of material, some of you might ask? Well, the thickness of this issue is partly contributed by the large font size. That's the negative part of this issue. The pictures are big too but that's OK for me. I like a lot the black background colour on every page! There's no introduction before the interview. The questions and answer are good. Not all are bands being interviewed as you have noticed. Probably the one you didn’t know, Maija is a writer and in here there are some article (Eleven Decadent Hours of Suffering) and drawings made by her. There are only 5 pages on review. All of them are music CDs that are not arranged in alphabetical order and not rated. Additional info you might be interested to know is about "The Four". Like if Slayer Mag have Arne Bab, this zine have "The Four" that consist of 1 underage girl and 3 brutal and some sad-faced animals (or monster, whatever).
This issue is printed and distributed by Hell's Headbangers Records (HHR). If you still dont know, HHR produced lots of great music releases. I guess you can assume the same quality can be expected with this issue. My purchase of this issue comes with free HHR CD.