Not much different from the debut issue which was released two month prior of this second issue. They add some artwork now and movie reviews (probably the longest review I ever read in a zine). I wish to correct 1 error: Witchhammer Prod is not from Malaysia, they are from Thailand.
Metal Punk Death #1 (Feb. 2013)
36 pg, A5, xerox, English
Iron Dogs, Rev. Jimmy Sinn, Ironfist, Invierno Nuclear, Speedboozer, Dowager, Nightwolf
This zine have some interesting chat even with those short questions (thanks to the bands). Not to mention the xerox quality are excellent. But the layout totally fails in my opinion. Too simple and looks very dull which not suppose to happen in year 2013. Even using MS Word can produce better output than this. The zine have no page number and no table of content.
The reviews are rated out of 5 (for album) and they are not alphabetically arranged. They also have book review section.
The editor, Jonathan Lozo is assisted by 7 contributors and they are here for the long run. They offer subscription (you can ask more details from them). This zine is available for $4 per issue which each issue 150 copies print run.
I hope they can evolve to something better to near future.
After placing order of Euro35, I was very afraid the mail will not pass the check by Malaysian custom official. Fortunately, it pass...unchecked..twice! Well, I bought this book twice, the first one is for a friend that uses my paypal account. Only after I looked at the book, I decided to buy my own copy. Honestly, I'm not a fan of book but I made a wise purchase here.
Yes, you have read lot of review of this book elsewhere. Now it’s my turn.
What I like about this book that the layout might not look like book, it has some fanzine look which is great. Beside this, the writer, Nicola Costantini, put not just pictures of scanned cover but also picture of the actual tapes. There are also logos, flyers, covers in every page. You can just look at these if don't like reading.
Probably all the bands in Sweden during 1988 - 1992 era is here. Not just the kvlt like Nihilist, Morbid etc but also 'underrated' one (the one I never heard before) like Macrodex, Gorement. There is bands index at the back which is very useful.
I read somewhere that there are 50 interviews in this edition. Many of them already r.i.p. and 20 years later, they answered the questions for this book. It is amazing to know that some people have good memory.
The chapters & the bands presented here:
Enter the Eternal Fire - Introduction
Before The Creation of Time - Pioneers
featuring Morbid, Merciless, + 4 more
Only Shreds Remain - Milestone
featuring Nihilist, Treblinka, Dismember + 10 more
Into Eternity - Near to Make It Real
featuring Lobotomy, Sorcery, Seance + 5 more
Sleep Forever - On Their Own
featuring Crypt of Kerberos, Eternal Darkness + 10 more
Obsequies - Those Left Behind
featuring Abhoth, Utumno, Vomitory + 18 more
Eternal Leftovers - Last but not least
107 bands with short reviews of the stuff released with logos and some graphic.
This book ended with a section on vinyl called "Dark Recollections - The Collectibles". It's a list of 7" EP/MLP, whether it is the actual release or the one he have. Also have an interview with Opionate Records.
Mine numbered #302. This is the ultimate Swedish Death Metal Demo encyclopedia for now. There is another version being release and I saw a local distro having that. Hope they still have it when I have enough money to buy.
I bought Daniel Ekeroth's Swedish Death Metal after reading this. He presented different side of Swedish Death Metal which is quite interesting too.
Warfist, Chainsaw Carnage, Zemial, Angel Butcher, Paganus Doctrina, Heretic, Bastard Christ, Imperial, Wargoat, Wind Of The Black Mountain, Black Torment, Motorpenis, Lustful, Tearstained, Rot, Grave Desekrator, As Vampiric Shades And Belial Winds, Acheronias, Ungod, Blasphemophager, Vociferian, War Command, Unholy Archangel, Capitis Damnare, Evil Incarnate, Draconia Infernum, Infernal Kingdom, Blackthorns, Thy Rites, Nocturnal Blood, Goatfago, Spellcraft, Hekseri/Witchblood, Morbid Moon Records, Ancient Rites, Miasthenia, Cursed Christ, Blaspherian, Adorior, Obeisance, Hammergoat, Monument Of Bones, Necronomicon Beast, Nokturne
Huge improvement on the layout and the interviews although some bands got few questions asked and this only consumed half of the page. That explains the huge number of bands in this issue.
This issue is a good example of computer layout but keep the 'messiness' of a cut n paste style. Lots of pictures are being used and not wasting any space. The texts are almost reaching the edge of the paper. The pages are numbered and have table of content.
The arrangement of the questions and answers are quite weird. Never seen like that before.
There is a Tribute to Sarcofago section, 1 page with people's opinion and 1 page excerpts of their interviews from various zine/mag including Deadhead from Malaysia.
This issue is limited to 500 copies. #3 will be the last issue which has been released more than a year now. Hope I can find some distro still selling #3 to complete my collection.
Sakrilege, Tahdiyul Arwah, G.O.D.A., Purge The Arbitrator
Good to see this zine releasing their second issue. The xerox quality has improved. In this issue they have co-editors: Jamalie (Horror Distro) & Askwhat (Nusantarajim). But they didn't mention which person made which interviews except a few. You can see some interview style different with the other. The one with Mandatory by Askwhat is the best one here. There is also 1 page with 5 questions being asked to band/zine/individuals.
The reviews are 90% in Malay, covering audio & zine. They are not alphabetically arranged and not rated. The first page made by Jamalie. There is some using cut n paste style format. The zine review format is like mine which starts with format of the zine before getting to the review.
The layout is better than the first one but still plenty of typo error. The pages are numbered but no TOC. Mine hand-numbered #43. The only way to contact the editor is via snail mail. "Email, fuckbook, hellspace can fuck up" as said by the editor. There are also few distro selling this in facebook as well if interested to buy a copy.
c/o M.Azman Aziz,
Lot 941, Jalan Stulang Daeng,
Apoy Ng Kamunduhan, Corrupt Insanity, Interment, Karimlan, Pathogen, Rabies, Sacrosanct, Trident Nation Zine, Traces of War
A half-sized zine that have some similarities with Necroscope. What both Nescroscope and Metal Havoc have in common? One of it is the zine is not stapled. Another one is there are plenty of info on their local scene.
There are no pictures at all in this zine. The only graphics are the front cover, the page frame/border and the name of the bands (which used blood-dripping font type). This probably the first and the best graphic 'minimalism' zine (borrowed this term from a zine I read somewhere) however it doesn't look dull or boring. It uses the right font type and size. 2 columns for interviews and 1 column for articles. No page number and no TOC.
Beside the good chat, there are articles to read as well. Some articles are in full page to 1/3 of the page and these short articles are nicely separated with lines/frame art. There reviews (audio and zine) are not rated and not alphabetically arranged. Some reviews have contact address. The editor also put reviews of band's releases at the interview of the band. Another interesting section to share is "From The Past Reborns The Storm". It sounds like review of old album but the editor said it is not. It's "a retrospective look on the impact on the editor".
A good issue to know Philippines metal scene. The price is cheap too. I'll check Karimlan for sure. Sounds interesting after reading their interview.
A short review from me. This zine is printed (1000 copies) and distributed by Red Stream. The pages are numbered and have table of content.
The layout is in 3 columns per page and using different font size/type for the interviews and reviews.
The reviews cover both audio and zine format. The zine review section, entitled "Messenger of The Underground", the reviews are not rated. However for CD reviews (The Crypt), rated out of 6 points with 6 being the highest. If the stuff got a cross symbol it's a "If Jesus had a discman he'd listen to this album" which means either it’s a bad release or non-metal stuff. The reviews are quite short and also have different section for demo releases but they are not rated.
An old issue but I still saw this on sale in some Ebay store.
SYJ, Deadsquad, Claim The Throne, Impiety, Voltan, Suicide, Black Flag, Chaos UK, Militant Attack, Ventorior
This is a very old issue which I should have write something about them years ago. Anyway, I still want to write about them here. Actually I have written this article earlier but I saved it as a draft. So not to waste my effort, here is the outdated review ;-)
Well, since I have reviewed Empayar with Impiety on the front cover, so I choose this one for Karisma. Formerly known as Empayar, it later change its name to Karisma.
While Empayar sucks on the layout, this magazine improved a lot in their layout. It’s like Malaysia version of Terrorizer minus the free CD and minus the colorful advertisement.
The writers are very much similar to Empayar team except now there are more writers (as at this issue) from members of the band such Mistik, Unitheism, Bentara and many more.
Writing style is using 'standard' Malay language which is very important because it is distributed openly or the public will accuse us metalhead as 'perosak bahasa melayu' ('destroying' the Malay language by writing with improper grammar and vocabulary).
I'm not really a regular reader of this magazine but if I saw this at the news stand I will buy a copy. Everything is good if not perfect on the content. Hope they can have more stuff in the review section. Send your promo there ASAP!
The interview with Shyaithan is conducted by Intheran and with picture of pre-Impiety era 1989 in color. That’s rare!
This magazine supposed to be a monthly publication but lately they seem to have problem releasing it monthly. Frankly I'm not sure if this magazine is still exist. The official website no longer exist but they still update their facebook page.
Another old zine that I bought from some distro. Just 2 interviews and the questions are not in-depth. Only 9 questions asked to Barbatos! What consume most of the pages here are the scene reports, gig reports and reviews. I really like the scene report though. The layout is clean and looks organized even with the cut n paste style (3 columns per page) except vinyl review section which is totally different style. Good xerox quality. No table of content and no page number. The reviews are separated to several section; album, compilation, demo, and fanzine and of course the infamous 'last minute' reviews.
- interviews (CANCER, LIFELESS, BIRTH AD, REPULSION, ANGERSEED, BETHLEHEM, CARNAL GHOUL / DECAYED / DESASTER / METALUCIFER / TRINITAS, ULTRA-VIOLENCE, MORTUORIAL ECLIPSE and ROMANIAN THRASH METAL CLUB)
- Rising Demons section (interviews: BARZAKH, BLOOD TRIBE, BLOODOATH, FRIGORIS, I AM THE TRIREME, INVERTICRUX, MOTOR, NEKRODEUS, VALINOR and WALKING DEAD SUICIDE)
- Merchants of Death section (interviews: GLORIOUS NORTH PRODUCTIONS, HELLPROD, INFINITE REGRESS RECORDS and KATOPTRON IX)
- more than 150 reviews on CDs, tapes, vinyl and zines
- Romanian Attack section (reviews of Romanian Extreme Metal releases)
Free Extreme Metal CD Compilation (vinyl-like format) featuring tracks from: MOTOR, INVERTICRUX, BLOODINGTON, BLOODOATH, BLOOD TRIBE, MY FUNERAL, VALINOR, WALL OF THE EYELESS, WALKING DEAD SUICIDE, UNITED BY HATE, FUMIGATION, GARDEN OF GRIEF, FRIGORIS, I AM THE TRIREME, SAWHILL SACRIFICE and PATH OV AMOK.
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Abhorrence, Accidental Suicide, *Anima Damnata, Asphyx, Atrocity, Carbonized, *Crypt Of Kerberos, Darkthrone, *Dead Congregation, Demigod, *Demise, Expulsion, Entombed, *Voices From The Darkside, *Funebrarum, Grave, *Ignivomous, *Incubus, Malediction, Megaslaughter, Merciless, Incubus, Morbid Angel, Morgue, Mortem, Monstrosity, Necrophobic, Necrovore, Nicola Constatini, Order From Chaos, *Pek, Revenant, Sanguis Imperem, Suffocation, Traumatic, Unleashed
The words 'compilation of death' is not just words combined to create a name, it does have a meaning and related with the content of the zine. The zine is consist of the editor’s (Gabriel "Exhumator" Gatica & Joseph Curwen) original interviews and also interviews taken from other zines. As stated on the cover; 'Exhumation' from old zine like Putrefaction, Sadistic Noise, Spikehead, Suppuration or Voices From The Darkside. One important reason of using old interviews is to enlighten the younger generation. I think not many will buy zine these days especially considering the high price on postage so I guess it is not a bad idea to 'compile death' like this.
But I also think the other best way to enlighten the younger generation is by scanning the old zine and put them free for downloading. Might look better in Ipad hah!
Back to the zine, I like the layout (typewriter font-type, some cut n paste, some have page frame and lots of old flyers). The pages are numbered but no table of content.
Interviews are long and questions are individually numbered. The one marked with * are their original interview. 70 questions asked to Frank Stover. Well, that is not the average amount of questions you will see in any zine. I like mostly the one made by Gabriel or the one contributed by Frank (I normally read reviews in VFTD website. Interviews will make eyes bleed if reading them on my PC screen).
No review in this issue. Couldn't find their contact address in the zine either.
Issue #2 already out and I guess sold out long time ago. When that issue out for sale, I don't have enough cash to spare at that time. Anyone selling this and at it original price or cheaper do contact me.
I bought this from Afterlife Prod long time ago. Thanks goodness I bought this because this is very unusual looking metal fanzine in terms of layout. At a glance, it looks like my final year thesis when I did my degree in 2003. It is bind like a book and so does the font, layout and the text indentation.
The content? The content separated to 6 chapters with each chapter consists of 1 interview except for Morbius/Stargazer (for this interview, the creatively arranged Morbius on page with even number and Stargazer on odd number. I think this is a bit hard to do in computer even with the same questions being asked). Before that, there is an introduction that took 1 full page of the zine.
Barbwire have table of content, pages are numbered and printed in glossy paper.
No review though.
A little bit more about the questions, they barely touch about the band. The questions foucsing more on music and on various subjects which make it quite interesting
There are also some quotes from some famous people but not in my interest (probably because I am not a good book reader)
No contact address can be found in the zine but luckily I got their flyer later from someone and got to know their email address and country of origin.
Interesting zine I must say, looking forward for the next issue.
Sorrow, Cauchemar, Rot Gut, Stiff and Cold Zine, Hooded Menace, Anima Morte, Bizzare Charlie Alien, Fondle Corpse, Nadir, Kam Lee, Ruinebelll, 62nd Chamber Productions, Possessed, Tales From The Sick Zine, Machetazo
This could probably the best Malaysian zine in 2013 or maybe the best Malaysian zine since I started this blog. It's also the first time seeing something cute on the front cover (you see that 'monkey' in the middle. Look very cute). English-written, cheap price (it's pro-printed and thick!) and great layout. Well, the layout may not be good if it’s done in white background to be honest but if it’s in black background, it rules even if it's normal 2 columns per page without many graphics or artworks.
The zine starts with a very long introduction called My Fucking Column where editor wrote a little bit about the zine and later some reviews.
The interviews are varying in term of style, etc because many contributors involve in this issue. They have a big team, the editors and plus 8 or 9 contributors. The interview with Bizzare Alien is the longest and quite exhausting to read it till the end.
Not many review though. The reviews are not rated, alphabetically arranged and it covers audio stuffs only.
Having some local bands will be good to see in the next issue.
Limited copies of this zine come with Fondle Corpse 2 tracks promo (at slightly higher price). If not mistaken, the first print run already sold out but there will be a second print. Contact them if you purchase this. Highly recommended!
I am familiar with 're-issue' of CD or any audio format but not zine. This zine was first released in 2006 and re-issue in 2010. I found the info about this zine is someone FB wall and immediately SMS the editor @ Abu. In case you want to know, "besi hitam" means black steel/iron in English.
About the layout he uses simple computer layout and left too much empty space on the page frame Good xerox quality though.
The interviews can be a little bit outdated now but there nicely-written articles which are interesting to read:
- Pengertian Sebenar Underground (with a question asked to some band's member)
- Pembetulan Suatu Kekeliruan
Other content of this zine:
- 'Skolah Lame' (means old school in English); review of Rator's "Evil Symphony" demo & Suffercation's "Day Of Darkness" album
- reviews: reviews of all format in 1 section. Not alphabetically arranged and not rated.
- gig report
- 5 pages of neatly arranged flyers
There is also a special section for 80's/90's Malay rock bands with pictures and some info on the bands and then followed by "Khanazah Lama", reviews of old albums mostly from rock genre.
I just wish more in-depth interview with Bazzah because it's hard to see them in a zine.
About the editor's address, If not mistaken, Bandar Jengka has been renamed but I don't remember the new name. As long the postcode still the same, I guess your mail will not get lost.
A debut issue from Sabah. A good debut issue I must say in terms of layout although 8 pages or more are filled with flyers only. The pages are numbered and have TOC. The xerox quality can be better. The layout is in cut n paste style which is one of the best I seen so far because using lots of pictures for the background. The text print looks like it being printed by dot matrix printer but not sure whether the editor intends it to be that way. The interviews are rather short (10+ questions each bands). This issue features some of the current good Malaysian bands so probably some in-depth or more questions can be asked to them will be better. Only Interment interview is in English, the rest are in Malay including Desultory (because this is the Malaysian one). The reviews are not rated not alphabetically arrange and separated to 2 parts. "Rot Review Part 1" covers all audio formats and zine and Part 2 features only stuff produced by SABBAT (Japan).
Mine hand-numbered #49.
If not mistaken, the editor also plays in a band. You can ask about this when contacting them. The zine is being sold at a low price so please buy a copy and support!
d/a Yee Hong Hardware,
Lot 1&2, Block C,
Pusat Dagangan Putatan,
88200 Kota Kinabalu,
Cloudberry, This Order, FallxToxGround Zine, Behind The Death, Deadscore, Romance Not In Fashion, Muntah Darah, 199X, Bloodymary, A.L.I.A, Keladak, Triumph Ov Fire, Medussa Safannah
Luckily this zine safely arrived in my mailbox. My P.O.Box number was not written. Well, I guess not really hard for the postman to not notice me, thanks to the lots of international registered mail I received.
The focus is still the same, featuring hc/punk and metal. The layout and everything is like the previous issue. So if you like what you see in #1, wou will definitely like this one. I like a lot this kind of layout. I hope I can do this using dekstop publishing freeware.
Improvement in this issue are they are more artworks (made by the editor) and more articles.
There are few sections for the articles like "Aku Yang Menulis", "Info Muzik" and "Karya Sejarah" and within this sub-column there are lots of 1 page article on various topics or issues (as per what the section name would suggest). It is quite common for zine in the hc/punk scene writing articles which sometimes good to read.
I notice no review in this issue but there are already plenty to read. However the questions are quite short but the bands answer it very long which I think that can reflect to the (good) music they produce.
Slowly We Rot issue 4 to be released on the 15th of August 2013!
Please find below some new details on SWR#4:
- 500 copies printrun
- English written
- professional print
- A4 size
- glossy paper
- traditional and extreme metal compilation CDR included
- Worldwide distribution (Europe, South and North America, Asia and Australia)
- interviews (confirmed: REPULSION (part 2), ANGERSEED, BETHLEHEM, LIFELESS, Tormentor (DESASTER/CARNAL GHOUL/DECAYED/METALUCIFER), BIRTH A.D., cancer (first part of an extensive interview), ROMANIAN THRASH METAL CLUB, and more to be announced), CD / Tape / Vinyl / Zine reviews, Rising Demons section, Merchants of Death section, Romanian Attack section
- genres promoted: Heavy, Thrash, Death, Grind, Black, Doom
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