DEADHEAD (Malaysia)
Issue #1, 1999
Great debut issue ! This is the zine (64 page, A4 size in English and pro-printed) where you can find info on local Malaysia as well as S.E.Asian bands. Interviews are made with Nebiras, Muzikbox Productions, Mortuary Ancestor, Kremation, North Poem Records, Under One Flag, Sailendra, Sarcastic, Black Pentagram Club, Neftaraka, Sickness (Malaysia), Bastardised, Beast Petrify, Eternal Throne, As Sahar, Kibosh Sibyl Kismet (Singapore), The Mystickal East (Brunei), Deformed Tartarus (Indonesia), Necropolis (Egypt), Mythos (Finland), Sorath, Virtual Void (Czech), Decayed (Portugal), Varathron, Macabre Omen, Astarte (Greece), Alsirat (Poland), Darkness Is My Pride, Atanatos (Germany), 7th Child (UK) and Opera IX (Italy). Neat desktop publishing layout but the print is a bit too dark though and in some pages the picture is unclear. No reviews here, only interviews. Why ? Maybe to save up space ? What is the reason putting Varathron picture on Virtual Void/Macabre Omen interview ? To fill up space ? The next issue should add page number and table of content to make it looks more professional. USD 6, worth the $ spend on this zine.
4/5

DEADHEAD (Malaysia)
Issue #2, 2000

Another good issue from Syamsul. 60 pages, A4 size, clear xerox and with hard pro-printed cover. This time, he includes review although a bit short in describing the stuffs. And he even burdens himself by putting the logo of the stuffs he reviewed. All interviews are great except for NARSAMUM and CRANIAL TORMENT, which are quite boring (no wonder their music sound so average). I just wonder how did he manage to interview 'big' bands such as SARCÕFAGO, D.R.I, AGENT STEEL, MANILLA ROAD, TWISTED TOWER DIRE, CIRITH UNGOL, SABBAT (japan), etc ?? Other interviews; PUNISHER, HERRIOT, TANDUS, LANGSUIR, SEASONAL ABYSS, GRIND EMPIRE PROD., SILENT DEATH, EREBUS, MINDSNARE, DEPRESSION, KRANIUM CELTIC FROST, UNPURE, DEAD HEAD, RAZOR, INFERNÄL MÄJESTY, OLD FUNERAL, Metalion of SLAYER MAGAZINE, NOCTURNAL BREED, Nicholas Claux (vampire from Paris), ROOT, ENTRAILS and IN DEED HELL MAGAZINE. With such great content, some improvement should be made I guess. The layout can be done better and the picture should be print clearer and sized properly. RM9 / US$6.
Wan Syamsul, 10, Lorong Lang Tompok, Taman Sri Bintang, Kepong, 52100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
4/5