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Magazine/Fanzine: Comatose Rose #9 (@)
Issue Date: April 2004
Format: Print (b/w)
Rated: *****
Canada's pretty much 'only dark culture magazine' (as they describe themselves)Comatose Rose (whose editor we've interviewed a while ago) reached issue #9 and holds down the fort really strong! This Spring the cover is for Suicide Commando. Inside you'll find interviews with: Lacuna Coil, Pride & Fall, Cruxshadows, Opeth, Psyche, M3N7A7, Suicide Commando, Regenerator, Dependent records, Dj Frigid's Kink!, Envy is Blind, Dj Leslie, Final Selection, Droom, Midnight Syndicate. Also a Canadian scene report and lots of news and columns and concert reviews from the local scenes of Toronto and Montreal. What captured my attention and I found very interesting and deserving is that this 'zine steps out of the format by giving more space to non-musical but related things. You'll find columns about rising fashion star Plastik Wrap. Also interviews with Writhe and Shine and Toxic Toons comic strip artists and designers Jason Beam. Issue #10 just came out a few days ago, by the way. Definitely and intersting magazine worth discovering. I always said Canada's cool! ;-)
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Magazine/Fanzine: MusicWerks #2 (@)
Issue Date: April 2004
Format: Print (b/w)
Publisher: MusicWerks/ADSR
Rated: *****
Seattle, Washington based ADSR run MusicWerks Magazine's 2nd issue starts out with a short introduction about piracy and illegal copying of CDs and dedicates the issue to interviews with some of the hottest artists of the moment, including: State of the Union, Unter Null, Static Engine, Psychobitch (who is also the hot babe on the front cover), Databomb, Converter, Manufactura, Decoded Feedback, VoiceIndustrie, Common Dream, Dope Stars Inc., Idiot Stare, Negative Format, Conspiracy, Noxious Emotion (finally, the ones who started it all in Seattle! the Kings of the grunge-city EBM scene!), SMP, Final Selection, Futter, CyrusRex, Navicon Torture Technologies. Of course there are always plenty of ads and reviews. By the way, if some of you out there remember the early issues of Chain D.L.K. and used to complain about the small font size we used, check out MusicWerks and their reviews section especially, but go get your glasses first! ;-)
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Magazine/Fanzine: Industrial Nation #19 (@)
Issue Date: January 2004
Format: Print (color)
Rated: *****
IndustrialnatioN is one of the biggest professional magazines of the genre. It's been around for years and managed to survive while all the other 'zines were fading away. Issue #19 is printed in 15'000 copies and includes interviews wth Juno Reactor, Delerium, VNV Nation, Iszoloscope, Tarmvred, Diverje, Psyclon_Nine, Terrorfakt, Grendel, Cut.Rate.Box, Soil Eclipse, Sickness, Slogun, Richard Devine, Bruderschaft, Cruxshadows, Matt Elliott, Dream Into Dust, Epsilon Minus, and Roger Karmanik from Brighter Death Now and Cold Meat Industry.It is very interesting that besides the artist features IN offers some actual articles/columns, such as the one about MP3 file sharing and a Dallas TX scene report. For those into goth fashion there's always thhe Livewire photo section and of course plenty of ads for new music.In addition to a bunch of reviews (with very interesting side-bars of music reviews dedicated to specific genres and written by different people for different genres), there are also reviews of DVDs, magazines and even a board game.In addition to all of this IndustrialnatioN is printed on heavy matte paper that makes it an all around pleasing experience, for the eyes and the touch... You can look at the thick colourful cover and the first 10 color glossy pages, but then you still have another 80 or so b/w pages of nice thick-feeling paper with loads of material to read and then go fetch and listen to...
Magazine/Fanzine: Music Werks #19 (@)
Issue Date: January 2004
Format: Print (b/w)
Rated: *****
If I correctly recognize the email address of the people running this magazine, then this would be by the same people of the band Noxious Emotion, a great EBM band from Seattle who obviously has been very busy with their music store and other activities, such as MusicWerks, a professionally printed, b/w (with color cover) magazine that, in the words of the funny creator, "plans to fill the gap in the american side of fan-zines in the industrial-gothic-synthpop scene".This first issue made its debut in October '03 and includes big inteviews with Collide, Art+Phusch, Assemblage 23, System Syn, Babyland, Stromkern, Faith Assembly, Inertia, Aghast View, Epsilon Minus, Glis, DSBP, Ragdolly, Industrial Nation. Of course there are also reviews and many ads. The bonus is that everything you see you can buy at the store these guys run online and on location in Seattle, WA.
Magazine/Fanzine: Taladro #14 (@)
Issue Date: February 2004
Format: Print (color)
Rated: *****
Unfortunately my Spanish is only based on intuition and knowledge of italian, so I can pretty much only look at the pictures and read the titles here. Taladro magazine's fourteenth issue comes packed with live reports, interviews, articles, reviews, news etc with a nice graphic lay out, full color cover and b/w inside. Live reports of Ministry, Laurie Anderson, Human Drama; interviews with Nexus, Las Comadrejas, Pro Jekt, Guillermo Fadanelli (Mexican underground literature author), Rakit, Alex Chandon, Cradle of Fear, Alejandro Jodorowsky (book and comics author), Arizona,; fanzine reviews, book reviews, news, music reviews; a very useful contacts list and more...Very well done and seemingly interesting magazine. They also have a radio station.The CD comes with a CD compilation enclosed featuring some of the bands interviewed. For a complete review of the CD please check out the Dark section of the reviews section.
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