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.


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