METAL STORM (Malaysia)
Issue #1, 2000

Zulhisham is known with his black metal mag released years ago namely NOCTURNAL SLAVES. A great zine back then in 1994/95, pro-printed and thick with infos on black metal worldwide. Now he is back with METAL STORM. I have a lot of questions in my head and I do hope he will answer my long interview since I think it quite interesting to know what happen to all his projects and the most important thing is about this new mag. Malay-written, 50+ page, good layout, great content and available in the open market. Is Malaysia ready for this kind of publication to be sold in public? Not like METAL TERUS which is a bit 'cleaner', but this mag features the true image of metal (with spike, bullet-belt, corpse paint, inverted cross). Interview with Impiety, Nocturnal Orchestra and Atomizer (Australia) and the usual stuffs, review and news. The most interesting part is the section on BRAIN DEAD (full history of this Malaysian death metal legend!) and 12-page article on history of thrash. Almost a killer magazine! The mistake is on the Brain Dead section. Only 1 column used and then he put pictures in the middle and that makes my reading so 'easy'. And I also think the layout can be improved.
4.5/5

METAL STORM (Malaysia)
Issue #2, 2000

5 month later, another issue out and it seems the plan to release this mag bimonthly is not a success. More crew have been recruited this time. They really take the comment of Brain Dead section seriously after many readers complaining about that including me and I have been titled to received a free t-shirt. Hehehe. Quite funny actually thinking about this. Everything is like the previous issue. Nothing has change. Interview with Sil Khannaz, Narsamum, Vociferation Eternity, Tasyim, Putrefaction Zine. This time is a tribute to the legendary RATOR! Really informative with complete info on Rator. And continuing from the previous issue, an article on history of death metal. In this issue, more new column have been introduce, including review section on old LP/demos released in the 80's. Also include report and picture of IMPIETY 'crushing' Europe!
Metal Storm Magazine, P.O. Box 96, Pejabat Pos Majidee, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.
metallicstorming@hotvoice.com
4.5/5