BRUTAL PASSION (Chile)
Issue 3, 2002
52 pages, half size, pro-done zine written in (I think) Spanish. It is
neatly done and features quite a number of Chilean bands. Interviews:
Torturer, Chainsaw, Warfare, Aeshva Daeva, Vastago, Torfrom, Necropsia and
Abyss (Chile) and the rest are Scurvy, Slugathor (fin), Rebaelliun, Hatework,
Acheron, Goddess Of Desire, Omen, Sathanas, God Dethrone, Abhorrence and
Vomitory. Also includes Slovakia and Bolivia's scene report. Only few
reviews here but all reviews include the front cover. I hope they have the
English version of the Chilean bands interview in the web. I rate this based
on the layout.
c/o Gabriel Catica, Casilla 1371, Valdivia, Chile.
c/o Francisco Cancino G., Angel Munoz, Pasaje 1, Casa 2096, Valdivia, Chile
BLEEDING IN CANVAS
Issue 6, 2003
Even though the rating I gave for the previous issues is not that good, I
still got this zine for review. 60 pages, half-sized, xeroxed. This is just
like the previous issue. The questions are too typical and Yongyuth's
English still need to be improved a lot. Hard for me to understand what he
wrote. But the interviewees answered the questions interestingly; (in order
according to the table of content) Dark Hole Mag., Sanatorium, Panic
Disorder (indon), Beheaded, Butchery, Hyponic, Bloody Gore, Cadaverous,
Edgecrusher, Cremation, Enthrallment, Krvestreb, Mortem, Pyopoesy,
Psychomatium Zine, Inhumate. There are still many things that can be done
better. It looks similar with the previous (the layout, etc). Some page used
the cut n' paste style and this looks better than the computerized one
because the layout and design is too simple and looks dull.
c/o Yongyuth Hongsa, P.O.Box 83, Huamark, Bangkok, 10243 Thailand.
CHERISH THE DARKNESS (Thailand)
A4 size, 24 page, pro-printed magazine, Thai written, no table of content. I
couldn't differentiate whether it is interview or article but you will find
info on Even, Crisis, Helloween, Dark Tranquility, Sepultura, and Dezember (thai).
Beside the bands, there are also report/article on Malaysian hardcore scene
(with a Carburator Dung picture), Floridian death metal, 15 years Metal
Blade Records and some gig reports. They also put the cover of the stuff
being reviewed. The printing quality is excellent (of course, it's
pro-printed). The drawback is (beside the language) is the layout. I think
the questions are too short (and hopefully it is not a boring one). This
zine is quite old, probable released in 1997-1998. Thai metalheads can ask
for availability. I give the rate based on the layout.
CHERISH THE DARKNESS
Issue 15, 2002
24 A4 pages, center stapled, xerox,
fully Thai written. Neat layout, no page numbers and table of contents. The
last time I got this zine it was pro-printed but the size is still the same.
Interviews: Flesh Feast (can), Pandemia, Carried The Weight, Dark Oracle
Records (Thai label, with covers of all their releases!), Decapitated (phi),
Ebwa, Shocked (m'sia), S.O.Divinity, Violation (ger) and Live After Death.
Very short reviews and also gig reports (Sodom in Bangkok, Dark Funeral in
S'pore and some local gigs). Nothing much you will get from this zine except
for pictures of gig, albums reviewed and Dark Oracle releases. This review
is only based on the layout.
c/o 125, moo 5 (soi Watson), Suksawat 35, Rajburana, 10140.
Issue 1 2001
40 page, half sized newsletter
written in Malay. Neat layout (can be made better) but the xerox needs to be
improved. I haven't yet seen a newsletter that can survive for more than 3
issues. I hope they can constantly release new issues. There is a need in
the scene for Malay zines after the demise of Metal Terus. Interesting
contents with metal news (worldwide), interviews (Inhumate, Carpathian
Forest, Dark Tranquility, Impaled Nazarene), bands bio (Violator, Anguish)
and some articles, gig reports and reviews.
CULT MONGER (Philippines)
Issue 2, November 2002
28 pages, A4 size, side-stapled, xerox, English-written and no table of
content. Interviews; Dysentery (phi), Nunslaughter, Davao Death, Antipathy,
Burning Dusk (chile), The Forsaken, Infliction (USA), Mourning Beloveth,
Frozen Fears, Al Iblis (phi), Greyswan (ita), Midgard (ger). You will also
find reviews (and the cover too) and two pages are filled with flyers. Some
of things need to be done better is on the layout, which they should clearly
separate one interview with another. And the most important thing for xerox-type
of publication is to have a clear and high quality print for the master
copy. This issue fails on this matter. The flyers said 'special interview'
with Davao Death but is just a normal interview like the rest. I think the
questions should be more in-depth (if want to call it special) and the
editor might also add review/info about their releases and bands. If you
like to sacrifice your $, this is only for USD2 (world, postpaid).
c/o Adrian T. Lanorias
112 Garden City Subd. Sucat, Paranaque City Metro Manila, Philippines 1700.
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.
GOLDEN LAKE (UK)
Issue 1, 2002
A professional magazine, glossy printed with full color cover, 56 pages.
Interviews with April Ethereal, Hellborn, Mithras, Malediction, Mystica,
Tvangeste, Battle Of Largs, Obsidian Gate, Ordo Draconis, Thanatschizo,
Aurora Borealis, Enthroned, Gorerotted, Mourning Beloveth, Orphaned Land.
Also included are a Mexican scene report contributed by my brother Miguel of
Aluzine and an article, Battle Of Culloden (about a battle in Britain in
1746). They also include their mailorder list in this mag. The layout is
neat but the font size is too big for me especially in the review section (I
used to read books with big size fonts when I was in the kindergarten). The
interview is quite short too but it is not boring to read since the
questions are not the typical questions which we used to read. Some pictures
in the mag are not clear or sharp enough, the result of enlarging a low
resolution graphic file. This is the first issue of this magazine, which I
can say this is the official magazine for Golden Lake Productions. This is
good because the promo sent to the label will not just heard for making
decision whether they will distribute the material or sign the band, but
will also be reviewed and promoted.
c/o Golden Lake Productions, 46 Shuna Place, Newton Mearns, Glasgow, G77
GUAPUNYA INFO (Singapore)
Issue 1, 2002
If you miss METAL STORM then grieve no more. Xulhisham managed to get back
into the 'business' with the help and collaboration of some great
headbangers and released this new magazine. There are two interviews in
English (Terror Squad and Napalm Death), the rest is in Malay. All the 52
pages of this mag ia filled with great reading materials. This is the
definite metal/rock Malay magazine! Interviews; Sodom (live interview),
Hypnosia, SYJ (Malaysian old rock band), Costa Stoios (Iron Pegasus Rec.) +
lots of interesting reviews and articles!!! The magazine will be released
every two months and I hope they are able to do so. Actually the mag is
released in Singapore but they are using Malaysian address for
Guapunya Network, 121 C, Jln Thamby Abdullah. 50470 Brickfields, Kuala
Issue 1, 2003
Half-size, 72 page, xerox, English-written. When looking sample of the pages
of this zine in their website, I was very impressed. Now I have it and this
zine met with some of my expectation. The zine will be better if it is
pro-printed. For a xerox format, I think they should have made the master
copy printed by laser printer. The xerox quality is almost excellent. The
layout is good and looks professional. The drawback is you will have to take
a while to get use to their style (i.e. logo and quotes from the interview
are placed on the center of the page and surrounded by the interview, which
is quite confusing). The interviews are separated in several sections; Asian
Metal Attack (featuring: Manggas, Bilharzia, Dhemit, Kekal, As Sahar,
Negation, Korihor, Rudra, Pyron, Narcotic Greed, The Ravens, Mantak,
Arkhaytulmayt, Raspatul, Demonification, War666, Istidraj) Extreme Features
(Destinity, Kult Ov Azazel, Emperor, Darkfall) and for newcomers (Crimson
Fall, Nosferial, Violator). The questions are interesting and they pick the
right band as well which answers them lengthily. There are also news,
reviews and some interesting columns; Hellish Reveals (info about bands, and
plenty of them), Special Report (a question is asked to some bands. For this
debut, the question is 'Can black metal exist without satanic ideolody?'),
and In Person (with the editor/webmaster of South East Asia Metal Force,
which is the same person who are doing this review…). This zine is packed.
There are lots to read in those 72 pages. Hopefully this zine will keep on
releasing more issues in the future.
c/o Afidz Che Rosli, P.O.Box 1029, 30820 Ipoh, Perak.
Issue 1, 2001
26 pages, A4 size, xeroxed, written in Spanish. Pity I understand this zine
because they feature some Brazilian bands. 'Entrevistas' for this issue;
Morbid Angel, Atro, Virgin Steele, Jethro Songs, Dorsal Atlantica, Silent
Cry, Steel Warrior, Spina Bifida, Opera IX. Table of content is included.
The layout can be made better and the same goes to the xerox quality. The
xerox quality on some pages is not clear but the rest is okay.
c/o Hell Underground, Rua Eduardo Olindo Sica 1441, Capao do Leao - RS,
96160 - 000 Brazil.
IN DARK PURITY
26 A4 pages, side stapled, English
written, xeroxed, neat layout, no number and no tableof content. Interviews:
AMF, Celestial Crown, Differential, Dying fetus, Eerie Ln., Embryo, Hate
Plow, Homo Iratus, Infernal Oak, Internal Bleeding, Low Twelve, Merendine
Atomiche, Noctumbre, Silencer, The Fallen, reviews on audio stuff and zine.
Stereotypical questions asked to the bands that bore me sometimes. The
editor uses a lot of picture which is good especially with the clear xerox
quality. There's also a small section for actress called "I Am A Whore"
featuring Filipino's Assunta De Rossi.
c/o Alexander Dela Cruz, 657 San Francisco St., Poblacion, Las Piñas City
IN DARK PURITY
18 pages this time and everything
else is just the same like the first one. Xerox quality is clear.
Interviews: Acheron, Brodequin, Everdome, Godless Truth, Inhumate, Lust Of
Decay, Malevolent Creation, Pscyhotogen and Shadeworks, reviews on audio
stuff and zine. The editor change the way he questioned the bands. This
issue's 'whore' is Aubrey Miles (for "I Am A Whore" column). This issue is
too slim but fair with the cheap price.
c/o Alexander Dela Cruz, 657 San Francisco St., Poblacion, Las Piñas City
Issue 5, October 2002
48 page (4 full pages is filled with flyer.), A4 size and xeroxed. No table
of content and page number. The layout is neat but the font on the review
section is too big for me and on the interviews he used 1.5 spacing which is
a waste of space. Interviews; Solid (thai), Hyponic, Bohaln, Abrasive (swe),
Beast Petrify, Saurga (denmark), Swords Of Darkness, Misogi, Demonic
Resurrection, Toxic Holocaust, Forest of Sorcerous (thai), Feelsick (thai).
Phithak need to master a bit the English language (but he is better than
Yongyuth). The questions are too common and less interesting (about the
band's bio, the releases, the band's view on something, etc, etc) but he put
lots of pictures on the interviews so that will help you from getting bored.
Usually a zine will have the foreword column at the first pages of the zine
but he put it on the last page of the zine named the column 'Outro666'. And
he starts the zine with interviews which originally sent by other zines to
him. That's strange but I think its okay as long he does not ask questions
to himself. (I remember that Marvin of Bakal Zine laugh when I suggest about
putting the interview with Korihor which I made in his first issue.
Personally, I will be embarrassed in doing such thing in my zine.) The
reviews are short and most of the stuffs are quite rare and underground and
he put the front covers on the reviews. The zine also includes a free
sampler featuring the bands interviewed (he is really good in selecting the
songs!) but is limited to 333 copies.
c/o Phithak Phansri, P.O. Box 16 Chandrakasem Postoffice, Bangkok 10904
Issue 4, 2003
6 page, A4 size, stapled on the corner of the paper. Great layout this time
and the xerox are clear too. That is not all, the content is also
interesting. This time beside some (very few actually for a newsletter) news
and reviews, there's a long forum with three panelists; Juwaidi of
Woebegonic Zephyr, Farid of Sailendra and Wan Syamsul of Deadhead Zine. The
questions are interesting and the panelists also did their best in answering
them (long and informative). This is only useful for those who understand
Malay. The newsletter is still delivered for free but sending some RM 1 or
two or stamps will not harm you because you will enjoy it. There are some
things said in the forum which I don't quite agree but everyone have their
own opinion. Maybe I am too open-minded these days…
c/o Rudi, 15 Jln Permai 2, Tmn Air Hitam Permai, 43000 Kajang, Selangor,
SHIT FOR FAN (Russia)
Issue 4. December 2002
A cool looking underground newspaper. Pity that I don't understand what is
being written in this 4 page publication since it is written in Russian. The
layout is neat but I don't like this kind of newsprint format. They featured
some interviews, reviews, news and a page of distro addresses. I can't say
much about the content. I am not sure about the price, how many copies and
how frequent they release this newspaper. The score goes to the layout.
c/o Bocharov A.A., P.O.Box 9/11, Gubkin, Belgorod reg., 309189 Russia.
THE FANG (Malaysia)
Issue 1, 2003
A new issue which still looks like issue #0. The content, the
style of the layout, etc is still the same except in this issue the cover is
made pro-print which looks very neat. For those who are still wondering,
this is a gothic zine but it is not a music zine. They put anything that are
called 'gothic' i.e. drawings, arts, expressions, writings, etc. So beside
drawings, articles, etc you will also find interviews with a magician
Eleanora Boyce (the only thing written in English) and Mircea Tepelus (the
man who conducts a gothic research years ago in Malaysia and supposed to
make a book). Highest credit goes to the excellent xerox quality but since I
am not into the topic they are focusing with, sadly I have to say that the
content really bores me. The zine is in Malay so I think they made it for
the local scene.
The Fang, P.O. Box 12997, 50796 Kuala Lumpur.
THRONE OF TORMENT
Issue 2, 2002
92 page, A4, xeroxed and still in Italian. There's not much of change done
in this issue. You can read what I have said for their debut issue.
Interviews; Ghoul, Heretical, Desecration, Malkavian, Unquintessence,
Obscenity, Nuclear Devastation, Vargsriket, Bizarre Leprous Productions,
Psicorragia, Daemonlord, Impaled, Kiju, Cerebral Turbulency, K.A.O.S., Mor
Dagor, Braindead Webzine, Solar Dawn, and a three-way split interview with
Cadaveric Crematorium, Necrotorture and Psychofagist. I will not understand
a word in this zine but there are lots of contact addresses of Italian
bands/zine, just like the first issue. So it is not really bad trading this
c/o Lord F L @ Francesco Lotti, Via Carducci 55, 50054 Fucecchio (FI),
Issue 4, 2001
40 pages, half-sized and the rest are in the typical TORNADO way
(A5 size, small font, double column, border artwork, etc). The font is small
so there are lots of thing to read. Again, the interviews are interesting;
Arghoslent, Vomitafago, Funeral Rites, Kill, Dark Throne, Forefather,
Minotaur, Usurper, and Blood Thirsty Demon. For the Label Special column,
this time it features Primitive Art Recs, View Beyond Recs and Damnation
Recs. In this issue Ustumallagam includes zine review and probably this is
the last issue where he will put review of audio stuff. That is because most
of the stuff sent for review are crap and he don't want to waste time
listening. Pity though because it is interesting to read his negative
c/o Ustumallagam, Norager 10C, 1. MF., DK-6400 Sonderborg, Denmark.
UNHOLY METAL DESASTER (Greece)
Interviews; Stormwarrior, Maze Of Torment, Bestial Mockery, Dracena, Wounds
and one Greek band (a short interview but didn't mention the band's name and
hard to figure out the logo). 20 page, half-sized, side stapled, no table of
content and page number. The printing and xerox quality must be made better
in the future. The layout is pretty simple (single spacing, 1 column per
page, size 10 font). The reviews are interesting to read but there are only
3 pages of them here. Considering the amount of reading material and the
price (USD 1 or free with any purchase of Unholy Metal Desaster Distro's
stuff), this is a fair zine.
c/o Antonis Giannakakis, P.O.Box 50470, 54013 Thessaloniki, Greece.
WOEFUL CRY (Turkey)
Issue 3, 2002
36 page, A4 size, pro-printed. I didn't know that Turkey also have a
professional metal magazine like this complete with full colored cover and a
free CD sampler. Great layout and the reviews include the front cover as
well. I guess to save cost, the CD booklet and tray cover are printed in the
mag and you have to cut it on your own. I don't like doing that especially
when the back cover is used for this. If 36 is to thin for you, think again.
The font is small and every space on the page is well-used by them.
Interview; Callenish Circle, Construcdead, Dark Fortress, Darkane, Die
Apokalyptischen Rieter, Dismember, Eternal Tears Of Sorrow, Exmortem, Hypnos,
Martyr, Nuclear Blast, Shape Of Despair, Silent Stream Of Godless Elegy,
Sins Of Omission, Solar Dawn, Throneaon, Thyrfing, Vomitory and Withering
Surface. The reviews are only on CD which they name the column as "Kill Your
c/o Ozan OKOGLU, 106 sk. No:10/9, 35290 Goztepe Izmir, Turkey.