Thursday, July 2, 2020

Magazines Reviews

Magazine/Fanzine: Darklife (@)
Issue Date: August 2005
Format: Print (b/w)
Publisher: Under My Skin / Interstice
Rated: *****
Darklife is one of Europe's longest running fanzines and although it takes them a while to put their issues together (but as an ex-paper publisher I know what that's like and fully sympathize with them) they always do so with quality over quantity in mind... Issue X comes 8 years after their first issue and comes to you in the form of a professionally printed A5 glossy-paper b/w fanzine with (and this is news!) an enclosed CD compilation (which is something these guys have always wanted to do, and again, having released a few of them myselft, with the paper version of Chain D.L.K., I perfectly understand why it wasn't easy to do so), released in collaboration with this new Geneva-based association called Interstice, founded to promote "dark" music and lifestyle. In other words Darklife seems to have new life juice in it, we'll see how that plays out in the future and if there is going to be an issue XI. Their site says that they don't know yet and that they definitely can use help, so if you feel inspired, contact them and see what you can do for Darklife. For now, be content with a great fully packed issue featuring interviews with The Legendary Pink Dots, Venus Fly Trap, Skeletal Family, Mila Mar, Nebelhexe, Jack Or Jive, Irfan, Siderartica, The Last Dance, Flintology, Inertia, Ain Soph, Inner Glory, Scream Silence, the Belgian-American music-activists The Weathermen, KK Null, an interview with Prikosnovenie records founder, specials on Hermann Hendrich and on the indie market in Russia, concert reviews and of course tons of news and music reviews also. The CD features The Weathermen vs WRLC, Neon Electronics, BAK XIII, Grand Chaos, Herr Liebe, Mimetic Fake, Moulinet, S-tanTale, Flintology, Macadam Pale Horses, Armode vs Mark Pistel, Zodiac Project vs Opak, Floating Mind, Melodie, Diffuse, Music for the Space, KK Null and Zeni Geva (mostly Swiss artists, which is great and true to the purposes of Interstice; but also some Belgian, French, Japanese and American).
Support these guys as much as you can and get your copy of Darklife X - I am confused now: is this Darklife Panther or Darklife Tiger?

Magazine/Fanzine: Darklife #9 (@)
Issue Date: May 2004
Format: Print (b/w)
Rated: *****
Pretty much left on his own, the untiring young noman that goes by the nickname of Gianfri, has managed, between moving from Switzerland to Berling and all the other every day shit of life, to put out a new exciting issue of Darklife 'zine with little or no help (it's sad to see how little help deserving fellow publishers/writers like Gianfranco Sciacca get). This nineth A5-sized professionally printed issue comes on heavy and shiny glossy paper and features interviews with Das Praeparat, Scream Silence, Matt Howden (of Sieben and Sol Invictus fame), Spiritual Front, F242, Bak XIII, Francesco Banchini's G.O.R. and Louisa John Krol and Keltia (three pagan/celtic/mediterranean/world music artists that have been touring together), Y-Luk-O, Collection D'Arnell-Andrea, Lady Morphia, Ex-Nihilo, Alien Sex Fiend, EXPERIMENT NnORD, The Soil Bleeds Black, Libitina, Synthetic. What I like about these interviews is that they have been done on location, after/before the artist's shows, by people who attend and support these shows (again, mostly Gianfri). You can feel the vibe and the excitment, coming from the presence at the gig, and of course the interviews benefit from that beause they are direct and develop like a dialogue. Of course the same concert-goers also wrote many reviews of live shows all around Germany/Belgium/Switzerland/Scandinavia, including reviews of festivals, reviews of the shows by the interviewed bands and of other band's live sets, such as Death In June, Anne Clark, The Mission etc.The 66 pages also make room for a russian dark scene report, a dark fashion special, the Swiss Underground column (these last two resumed in place of the suppressed Fanzine Focus column). And abviously reviews of CDs, compilations, fanzines and lots of news take up about a third of the 'zine's contents.Darklife is a great publication, and I say that because I have published Chain D.L.K. on paper for 8 years and I know how hard and expensive it is to do something like that. There might be some big changes/news/improvements in the air, hopefully Gianfri will keep us posted...

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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