DARK LEGIONS (Singapore)
Issue #1, 1998

It will be great to see this zine in pro-printed. The contents is fine (58 page, A4 size and in English), very well-arranged. Interview with Necromanicide (Malaysia), Sargath, Sakaratul Maut, Brutal Fear, Candlelight Productions, Gematria (Singapore), Astarte (Greece), Sacramentum (Sweden), Enforce (Australia), Iconoclasm (Belgium), Adorned Brood and Morbid Angel. The interviews are interesting and some are made live. Unfortunately the Morbid Angel interview with Trey Azagthoth is contributed by Ill-Literature Magazine. They are still pasting flyers just to fill up space and I think it is unprofessional because it make the zine looks untidy. The xerox quality is okay but my copy is a bit overtone (too dark) but this didn't effect the content, only the pictures.
4/5

DARK LEGIONS (Singapore)
Issue #2, 2000
Great xeroxed zine (for now) from Singapore. Neat and great layout and really great and original style of doing the table of content (a vertical-half-page, on one side a picture of an 'angel' and the table of content is on the other side. The page is cut along the curves of the angel body.) 15 interviews with Impiety, Doxomedon, Deranged, Nocturnal Breed, Torch are among the famous act featured here. A special column featuring young band called "Aspiring" and this time featuring Bunuh (with members of Brutal Fear and Sakaratul Maut. Listen to their great demo !). The zine is edited and layout by Makhluq and the review/interview are done by Makhluq and few writers and their 'work' vary from each other. I think my review sucks !. My eyes always detect (other than myself) mistakes. It is too obvious some CD covers are put at the wrong review (I think I named the file correctly...)and the concert report is not edited correctly. I'm trading this zine with label, bands and zine and that cost me a lot of money on postage because this zine is heavy ! Watch out the next pro-printed issue.
4.5/5

DARK LEGIONS (Singapore)
Issue #4, July 2001
Almost a year after this mag is released I made this review. You will not know how hard it is to get copies of this mag. Okay, go on to the review. 44 page, full size, printed on glossy paper. Interviews with: Gurkkhas, Ancient Rites, Stormcrow, Nefarium, Ezurate, Merendine Atomiche, Korihor, Apocalyptic Raids, Mute Productions, South East Asia Metal Force Website, Severed Head, Paul Nelson, Neurotic Of Gods, Vomitory, Enforce, Sedition & Destroyer 666. This is their best issue to date. It's very professional this time. They still have "Aspiring" (column for new bands) featuring Steel Glory and Ceasura from Singapore. The new feature is "Hail Legions!" where reader's mail is printed and Makhluq answering them. It is fun reading them. The new issue is not yet draft at the time the review is made (26 May 2002).
c/o Makhluq, Blk 233, #04-418, Jurong East Street 21, Singapore 600233.
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5/5

DARK LEGIONS (Singapore)
Issue 5, 2002

The final issue of SEAsian finest extreme metal magazine. Makhluq spoke for many times about quitting due to various reasons (migrating is one of it) and now he finally made up his mind. As usual, layout wise everything is just well-done. They didn't make the table of contents like they used to since issue 2 which is their trademark. The interesting part of this issue is that it features lots of Singaporean bands and a page with Singaporean bands addresses. Interesting interviews: Nechbeyth, Bhelliom, Margyyah, Impiety, Cardiac Necropsy, Demonification, Istidraj, As Sahar, Majusiah, Ironfist, Fallen World and Rudra (all from S'pore), Malaysian new comers Nosferiel and Bilharzia and international acts Ravager, Malefactor, Inhumate, Bloodthorn, Ravishing, Nun Slaughter, Krisiun, Desaster, Deicide, Gehenna, Necrophagia, Nortt, Khold. Only 666 copies made and are already sold out from the editor's address. Try your luck getting it from La Vanita, VrykoSound Studio (Peninsular Shp.Ctr) or Roxy Records (Funan Ctr.). I also write for this magazine and I think my contribution sucks.
5/5