KEMENYAN (Malaysia)
Issue #6, 1999
I haven't had the chance to see Kemanyan previous issue, so I can't make comparison. The interview are interesting (Kharabanazak, Cryptic Malediction (Malaysia), Impiety, Doxomedon, Hail, Brutal Fear (Singapore), Bal Sagoth (UK), Celtic Dance (Portugal), Kaamos and Centinex (Sweden), but the lay-out is not that good. Using electronic typewriter I assume and the font size is too big and taking a lot of space. The editor also used background graphic in all pages but the graphic interrupt the pleasant of reading since the color of the font and the graphics is almost the same. Rammy should make the graphic less-bright. Another thing that I dislike is putting flyers to fill up space in the pages (if it is made neatly, that's okay). The are also no table of content and page number and I think for this kind of thick zine it must have a table of content and page number. Beside the interviews, another interesting thing about Kemenyan is "Infernal Personae", a column where a series of short questions asked to some well-known local and international metal artist, just to know something about the person (whether he likes leather and other questions like that.) There also an article about black metal taken from Kerrang ! (released some where in early '90's and I've seen this in some others zines too). So if you haven't read this article, this might be a good purchase. It is in 60 A4 pages, xeroxed and all are in English.
3/5

KEMENYAN (Malaysia)
Issue #7, May 2002
80 A5 pages, xerox, written in English. Interviews: Einherjer, Rebaelliun, Grim Force, Anorexia, Impiety, Langsuir, As Sahar, Nebiras, Blackfire, Wounds and Hecate Enthroned. If I am not mistaken, Rammy said #6 is his last issue but I guess he can't relax himself by only playing in bands. Layout can be made better. Some interviews are taken from his old issues after people asking for the previous-and-now-sold-out issues. At the bottom of page he put some quote of bands taken from numerous sources. Others; review, lyrics and articles on sick sexual perverts. The interview with Blackfire (Malaysian pioneer of black/thrash metal) is quite interesting. This is the first time I guess they're being interviewed but quite disappointing to know Adi's views on certain things.
c/o Rammy, 666 Kg. Repoh, 01000 Kangar, Perlis, Malaysia. kemenyan.fanzine@lycos.com

3/5