tiistai 3. kesäkuuta 2014
Near Dark #3
Near Dark 'zine, issue 3 (1995/96)
Chained And Desperate
The Marble Icon
+ NZ scene report, reviews, bizarre page
Here's another contribution, I've allowed these to pile up a little too much so I better get off my ass and post more. A 'zine for change, scanned and sent by Pawel, thank you and it's the third issue of the Swedish Near Dark which you might recall from this split issue with Goetia here. Pdf-format, 40 pages and this time I was left with a more favourable impression. Overall it's similar to the split-issue that follows but somehow the things that irked me there don't annoy me here. Perhaps it is because they stand alone instead of back-to-back with another 'zine that has strong nostalgic value to me?
Whatever the case, this is more of a extreme metal 'zine than a black metal one, the editors allow themselves to have fun with the interviewees, many of which they seem quite familiar with and the reviews are decent too. Both editors giving their own rating is a nice touch. The interviews are the backbone of almost any 'zine and here they vary a lot in length and quality. I must say I appreciate how they have picked mostly underground bands instead of the stable household names featured on every 'zine and Nyt-liite. I don't think I noticed it printed anywhere but it would seem like the three really short ones (Poccolus, C&D, Profanatum) were contributed by someone else? Other notable ones are the extremely poor interview with Ophthalamia (seems like Emil "Night/Jons lillebror" Nödtveidt would've been one of the worst interviewees in the 90's - research based on 2 interviews, mind you), amusing one with Damnation's Björn and very long one with Mikael & Buried Beneath. Enough from me, read the 'zine instead.