Friday, January 20, 2017

Ad Arma! #2 (2002)

Ad Arma! #2 (2002)
80 pg, A4, pro-printed, English

Necromantia, Satyricon, Acheron, Malign, Varathron, Thorns, Stregoica Zine, The Voice Of The Dark Zine, Manes, Blessed in Sin

Satanic Art

I found this in Ledo Takas mail-order ( So I bought a few old zine. They still sold some of old zine and fortunately some of them are the one I wanted to get when it was out back then but lack of money (still studying at the time).

Ad Arma! is the work of Northwind and Tadas along with some contributors.

Ad Arma! is pro-printed in glossy paper with white text on black background. Small text size, I have to emphasize this in 3 columns but everything is just nice for me for the layout.

Strange number chosen for rating the review:

Album review: rated 1 to 13 (small text, 5 columns per page, all together 27 page! That's a lot to read!)
*"Vinylized" review: rated 0-13
*"Demonstratus" review: rated I to VI (alphabetically arranged and lots of demo here)
Do I need to explain what Vinylized & Demonstratus about? You can guess and most of you will get it right. There are some kind of 'introduction' on these section.

Address of the labels provided. Literature review however is not rated.

Beside this, there are gig report on Wacken 2001 and Inferno Fest 2002.

Below are the contacts taken from the zine. Not sure it still valid anymore or not. Check first before you do anything.

Last check before publishing this, info from Ledotakas website said "this issue marks the end of Ledo Takas publication era". I take that this issue is the last issue.


c/o The Sinister Flame
P.O.Box 49,
57101 Savonlinna,

The_Sinister_Flame at hotmail dot com

For sending promo:
c/o Tadas Kazlauskas,
P.D. 3080, 
Pamenkalnio 28,
LT-2026 Vilnius-26,

Hellfrost #5 (1998)

Hellfrost #5 (1998)
48 pg, Letter, pro-print, English

Absu, Anal Cunt, Arckanum, Deceased, Fleshgrind, Hypocrisy, Morbid Angel, Necrophobic, Sadus, Suffocation, Wumpscut

A zine from 1998 in newsprint format. The paper have aged, looks yellowish. So now I know, must avoid this paper type. Later I found written in the zine "a collectors edition (high grade paper) in 666 copies and with sticker". You can actually choose which format to buy.

The pages are numbered, have table of content. 3 columns per page. 1 full page for editorial. The picture quality is not good and anticipated this in this newsprint format.

The reviews rated, separated by genre. The scale used is between 0 to 100 with ofcourse 100 being the best. The title of the stuff reviewed used different font types probably to suit with the genre of the stuff. Only music stufs being review here including demo.

There are "Metal To The Core" (label's list and addresses), "Metal On The Internet" (list of websites) and list of releases in 1998.

W Argonne Dr.
Milwaukee WI 53222 USA

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Cloven Hoof #1 (2015)

The Cloven Hoof #1 (2015)
60 pg, A4, pro-printed, English

Nocturne, A Monumental Black Statue, Sorcier Des Glaces, Chalice Of Blood, Gloriam Draconis, Ethereal Mist, Nation War, Ritual Genocide, Initiation, Necrocabra, Chotza, LUTHN, Jarnvidr, Mike Vivisector

The first zine from Sweden in my webpage! Well done for the debut issue.

I got The Cloven Hoof zine in August and now the review is up. 'Profane activities' hinder me from completing this (I borrow the words from this zine). 5 months! I will use this as my new benchmark. 

What awaits you when you flip the front cover? 2 pages of dark misty forest and also I think the picture of the editor, JDW. Cool though, quite original idea must say although I was expecting to read some introduction or editorial but that's fine.

The interviews, on average 10 or slightly more questions per bands. No same repetitive questions asked to every bands, in case you want to know. No introduction before the interview, just the band’s name & their country of origin at the top of the page before the interview starts. Not really an in-depth interview but enough to get you continue reading.

The reviews cover only music. Not alphabetically arrange and not rated.

Now do you wonder, after what I have written so far (the interviews, number of bands featured), how can the zine be 60 pages?

Of course the layout, as you can see. I am not saying the space is being waste (maybe people can say that for the last 6 pages or so fill with flyers/ads). At first I think the font size a little bit large but considering Old English font type is used here I think it is OK at this size. The layout are in many styles but all are good to look at. Some in cut n paste, some with frame, some in white background or black background with white text. I like more the black background style. You can see more pictures of the zine in Raw War Music blog. The pages are not numbered though but have table of content. 

The editor is also an artist, goes by the name Death My Only Friend Artworks. You can see some of the artworks in this zine. 

Seems like The Cloven Hoof is not the only zine JDW has. After finish reading I wonder what other projects JDW involved in.

Issue #2 is already out and #1 already sold out. I am sure some distro still selling this issue.