tiistai 9. heinäkuuta 2013
Blokong 'zine, issue 2 (autumn 1994)
The Dark Funeral (den)
Grand Belial's Key
+reviews of Wounded Love releases, news, info on a couple of zines
I thought it'd be about time I post a 'zine scan again. This one is from Malaysia, the second issue of Blokong 'zine made by a guy called Azmie and his friends. You might be surprised, but this is actually one of my fave 'zines ever. Part of that is obviously nostalgic value but I genuinely enjoy the content too, there's an interesting and global selection of bands (well, some of them are featured in a ton of zines I admit) instead of the usual Norwegian/Swedish split or all-domestic selection and it looks and feels like an underground 'zine should. The english is ok, many of the bands gave good answers to the interviews (which actually have some pretty original questions too - oh, and Gorgoroth didn't give good answers, surprise surprise) and first and foremost there's real spirit and dedication to this, none of that pretentiousness that plagued many of the later 'zines. Xeroxed the way it should be and with a primitive but functional lay-out. I would be very interested to see the first issue and I don't know if they made any more after this one but I'd love to read them too so get in touch if you have them or happen to be one of the editors. Recommended.
PS: I'd be very interested also in hearing the Danish project The Dark Funeral interviewed here. They refer to it as darkwave, could be black ambient or dungeon synth. Two demos out, "The Awakening" and "In Thy Forest..." Also the other projects, if they actually recorded anything: Trionses, black/doom with the Denial Of God brothers and Der Freitod, darkwave with Ustu of DOG. If you have anything of these get in touch!