ABHORRENT VISIONS #1
Some editors of big, all-kinds-of-metal webzines,
claim fanzines are dead, and the peoples once involved in fanzines went to the
big glossy metal magazines (Those you can find in every shops)... Well,
according to the amount of new zines appearing every two months,
I wonder where
these big-webzine makers have been searching (Maybe in their local tobacco
ABHORRENT VISIONS is one of these new zines that took me a bit of search (In
this case on a forum, not the smaller one), and it doesn't look bad.
The editor explains he once planned to make a Death metal only zine, but
projects got "centrifuged" and this first issue contains finally
various kinds of (Old school) metal he likes: Heavy metal, thrash metal, Death
metal... And also a bit of old Hc punk (Only in reviews).
The interviews aren't bad, it's quite personalized and the editor had some fun
doing it. I think "fun" and "serious/ scholar" could be two
words to describe the global tone, in the natural meaning (And not particularly
humoristic sense) of the word...
On one hand there's no crappy "Gronibard" jokes you could sometimes
find associated with the "fun" word, on the other hand even if the
content is old school focused the tone isn't particularly retro/ conservative
nor true evilly crucificated in the goat mind.
I wasn't so interested in everything there, but that might be due to the fact
I'm not a so big fan of heavy metal, or even thrash metal... (A couple of bands
in these styles are enough for me now).
The layout isn't looking bad, it's computer made, and even if the visual
rendering is classical, it remains quite cool enough.
Reviews are quite short, not the shortest in the underwound, but maybe a little
more than usual.
This fanzine could please you if you like, more or less, all kinds of old
school metal, with something like a "regular listener" approach (If I
can say so...)
Even if I wasn't interested/ didn't feel concerned with everything here, I
think it's a quite cool first issue and wouldn't mind reading another one...
Interviews: Necropsy, Ghastly, Speedtrap, Iron Dogs,
Cauchemar, Under the Church, Spiritus Mortis, Lord Fist, Wytch Hazel, Ranger,
Solitaire, A.R.G., Axeslaughter.