Since there won't be another issue of the printed version of DEN OF INIQUITY for quite a while, I thought that it would be only fair to review the promo zines that I received (plus some others) on the website from now on as well. Otherwise they would be totally outdated by the time that they would ever appear in printed form.


BARD MEGAZINE # 7 (October 2004)

I have to admid : I hadn't heard of BARD MEGAZINE until I bought issues 6 & 7 at the K.I.T. III festival recently. Not surprisingly, since there has been a four year interval in between # 5 and # 6 (May 2004). BARD MEGAZINE hails from Poland, yet is written in English from # 6 onwards, enabling almost everyone to read it, in stead of just a Polish minority. # 7 (60 packed A5 pages, including full-colour front and back cover) includes interviews with the likes of ANNIHILATOR, ASTRAL DOORS, BLOODSTAINED, CHRIS CAFFERY, ELIXIR, GIRLSCHOOL, HALLOWEEN, HOLY MARTYR, INFERNAL MÄJESTY, IRONSWORD, JJ'S POWERHOUSE, LIGEIA, LONEWOLF, THUNDER RIDER, VIRGIN STEELE, ... and plenty (13) more. As you can see, BARD MEGAZINE is entirely focused on classic metal genres as power, heavy, true, speed, thrash, progressive metal and hard rock. They're not interested in modern and/or extreme metal, just like me. Cool! My only criticism is that most of the interviews are rather short, but at least they give plenty of bands the necessary exposure. Furthermore there are a couple of festival reports (Sweden Rock 2004, Bang Your Head 2004, Masters Of Rock 2004), a W.A.S.P. live review and a couple of regular reviews. Especially this last section is really small, but that was due to lack of space. Issue 8 is set for release in early 2005, and I can hardly wait! If you're a traditional metalhead, you'd better not miss out on BARD MEGAZINE from now on. www.bardmegazine.com.
(reviewed by EddY, posted 15/11/2004)


HEADACHE # 5/2004 (November 2004)

Another 'new' addition to this section, from Holland this time. Actually, HEADACHE is a bi-monthly magazine and they've been around for over three years already, since this is actually # 17. Unfortunately for plenty of you out there reading this HEADACHE is written in Dutch ... On the other hand, it's a professionally printed magazine with plenty of coloured pages, 64 A4 pages in total. HEADACHE features all kinds of metallic genres, but rest assured, there's always plenty of things to discover for the traditional metal fan. This issue includes interviews with the likes of WITHIN TEMPTATION, HALLOWEEN, CHRIS CAFFERY, EUROPE, HALLOW'S EVE, JESS COX (commenting on 25 years of N.W.O.B.H.M.), SAXON, JON OLIVA, ATOMKRAFT, JAG PANZER, SOLITAIRE, ... and more. Plus lots of reviews (CD's, live gigs, festivals, ...). Everything's printed with a small font, so you're in for at least a couple of hours of reading pleasure. The only thing that I don't like is the use of two different front covers, but that's a minor criticism. It didn't stop me from subscribing for another six issues ... www.headachemagazine.nl.
(reviewed by EddY, posted 15/11/2004)


METAL OBSESSION # 14 (December 2003)

Germany's METAL OBSESSION started out in late 1998 as MYSTIK OBSESSION (1 issue), continued as MYSTIC OBSESSION for another 11 issues and finally changed its name to METAL OBSESSION in July 2003, when # 13 was released. And now there's # 14. All I can say is that this 'fanzine' is getting better with every new issue, resulting in this one being the best so far, especially layout-wise. All on 80 packed A4 pages, including full-colour front & back cover. Unfortunately for some, it's entirely written in German. But for those that have no problem with that, there's plenty of interesting stuff to be found here, including interviews with BATTLE RAM, DOOMSWORD, EXILED, MESSIAH'S KISS, METAL INQUISITOR, NEVERMORE, NOT FRAGILE, PARAGON, PRETTY MAIDS, WASTELAND and a couple more. Plus in-depth festival reviews (Headbangers Open Air, Metal Bash, Party.San, Summer Breeze, Wacken Open Air & With Full Force) and all kinds of other reviews (some 37 pages!). Well worth purchasing, if you're able to read and understand German at least a bit! Contact editor Holger Welsch at MetalObszine@aol.com for ordering details.
(reviewed by EddY, posted 17/05/2004)


ON THE MARCH # 2 (July 2003)

Those that like DEN OF INIQUITY will undoubtedly enjoy Greek magazine ON THE MARCH (The Underground Heavy Metal Sanctuary) as well. Issue # 2 (the first one to be written in English) has 84 glossy A4 pages and a full-colour front and back cover. Including interviews with ARRYAN PATH, AGELESS WISDOM, AGNES VEIN, AUTUMN SILENCE, BLADE OF SPIRIT, BLOODSTAINED, DARK NIGHTMARE, FINAL ASSAULT, GEYSER, GUNFIRE, HAMMER WITCH, KNIGHTS OF TETHYS, LITANY, MALEDICTION, Mike Soliz, REVIVER, SCARLATYNA, STEEL GLORY and VAVEL. Plus a whole bunch of reviews : legendary demos (3 pages), fanzines (2), classic releases from the past (3), bookreviews (2) and the regular LP/CD reviews (22). Available for €uro / U.S. $ 7.00 (including postage) from : George Grammatikas / Thihis 36 / Kalamaria 55133 / Thessaloniki / Greece. Or contact George first : altair4@in.gr. Recommended!!!
(reviewed by EddY, posted 12/01/2004)


POWER PACKER # 5 (March 2004)

Cameron Gillespie's POWER PACKER # 5 was originally meant to appear in early 2003 already, but due to lack of finances that never happened. Instead Cameron decided to upgrade his website a bit, rather than calling it a day entirely. But since he wasn't really comfortable doing the webzine, he finally decided to have another go at his printed version earlier this year. # 5 has only 14 pages and a similar approach as far as the layout goes as its predecessor. Only three interviews this time : INVICTUS (France), TWISTED TOWER DIRE and WHILE HEAVEN WEPT. As you can see, POWER PACKER is still all about power and doom! Furthermore there are 4 pages of reviews. For ordering details email Cameron at powerpackerzine@hotmail.com. Or go to www.powerpackerzine.com.
(reviewed by EddY, posted 19/04/2004)


POWER PACKER # 6 (April 2004)

Hot on the heels of # 5 comes yet another issue of POWER PACKER. Once again only 14 pages, but at least Cameron is trying to release a new issue on a monthly basis from now on. Cool! Cameron has recently been enrolled in a graphic design school and it definitely shows when you compare this new issue to any of his past releases, as it turned out to be both more professional and attractive. Way to go, Cam! Three interviews this time around as well : BLACK MAJESTY, NICODEMUS and OMEN. Need I say more? Plus another 4 pages of reviews. Go to www.powerpackerzine.com for more info, or contact Cameron directly at powerpackerzine@hotmail.com.
(reviewed by EddY, posted 19/04/2004)


POWER PACKER # 7 (May 2004)

It seems that Cameron is really on a roll now, knowing that this seventh issue was sent out my way early May already. Once again, only 14 pages and layout-wise totally along the lines of its predecessor. Contents-wise it has the same structure as well, including three interviews (BALANCE OF POWER, MAGNITUDE NINE and YOB), plus 5 pages of reviews, 17 in total. From this issue onwards Matt Coe (formerly known for his work with SNAKEPIT) is contributing to the reviews section as well, and he will eventually do interviews for POWER PACKER too, just like he'll most likely do some for DEN OF INIQUITY fanzine as well. Go to www.powerpackerzine.com for more info, or contact Cameron directly at powerpackerzine@hotmail.com.
(reviewed by EddY, posted 17/05/2004)


POWER PACKER # 8 (June 2004)

Same fanzine, different month ... Same structure, different contents ... POWER PACKER # 8 includes interviews with METALIUM, SCOTT MOSHER and TAROT, plus five pages of reviews. Those that liked the previous issues will enjoy this one as well. The others are hereby invited to cover up the lost ground. Go to www.powerpackerzine.com for more info, or contact Cameron directly at powerpackerzine@hotmail.com.
(reviewed by EddY, posted 09/08/2004)


POWER PACKER # 9 (July 2004)

Once again : five pages of reviews plus three interviews, this time with the likes of HEROD, THUNDERSTONE and WOLVERINE. Need I say more? Just go to www.powerpackerzine.com for more info, or contact Cameron directly at powerpackerzine@hotmail.com.
(reviewed by EddY, posted 09/08/2004)


POWER PACKER # 10 (August 2004)

The least that you can say is that Cameron is really on a roll this time, releasing a 16-page issue every month since March 2004. Thumbs up!! Including seven pages of album & demo reviews plus three interviews : HIGHLORD, ION VEIN and ORPHANED LAND. An unteresting read altogether, as usual. Go to www.powerpackerzine.com for ordering info, or contact Cameron directly at powerpackerzine@hotmail.com.
(reviewed by EddY, posted 02/11/2004)


POWER PACKER # 11 (September 2004)

Only 14 pages this time around, including five pages of reviews, plus three interviews, this time with HEARSE, PENUMBRA and one of my personal Swedish fave bands : WOLF. This is reason enough to get a copy, as far as I'm concerned. Support the print and email Cameron at powerpackerzine@hotmail.com for ordering details. Or go to www.powerpackerzine.com.
(reviewed by EddY, posted 02/11/2004)


PSYCHEDELIC # 13 (2003)

The world's best doom and co. metal fanzine that I'm aware of these days is without a single doubt Psychedelic Fanzine, which is published by a Hungarian who lives in Austria nowadays. This 13th issue is titled Depressive Happiness and it has 'only' 76 A5 pages, as opposed to the 192 and 212 that both previous double issues had. Besides a number of publicity pages there's also 4 pages of news and a live review of CANDLEMASS' show in Zurich, Switzerland on April 13th 2003, but no CD/LP reviews whatsoever. Of course the majority of this issue consists of interviews with the likes of ABDULLAH, BEATEN BACK TO PURE, D O M, DOOMSWORD, FARFLUNG, FIREBIRD, MOURNING BELOVETH, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, SUPER NATURAL and WARHORSE. Plus even more in-depth chats with CATHEDRAL (6 pages), CONVOY (6), REVELATION (41/2), REVEREND BIZARRE (7), TEFRA (41/2) and WHILE HEAVEN WEPT (8). Nothing more that I can or should add, except ... buy it!!! And act accordingly, since it's limited to 500 numbered copies. For more details contact Mark Hegedüs at psychedeliczine@hotmail.com or go to www.psychedelicfanzine.de. And don't forget to check out www.psychedoomelic.com too! Can't wait to read # 14 Mark!!
(reviewed by EddY, posted 12/01/2004)


REFLECTIONS OF DOOM # 13 (2003)

Belgian Doom metal fanzine REFLECTIONS OF DOOM has made a triumphant return after several years of absence from the scene. Issue 13 includes interviews with CAMBIAN DAWN, CHURCH OF MISERY, DAWN OF WINTER, MIRROR OF DECEPTION, ORODRUIN, REVEREND BIZARRE, RISING DUST, SPIRITUS MORTIS, TEFRA, THE DOOMSDAY CULT, THE GATES OF SLUMBER, VOODOOSHOCK, WHILE HEAVEN WEPT and WYTCHCRAFT. Plus write-ups on ABYSMAL GRIEF and FALCON. And to top things off : a 13 page history of PAGAN ALTAR. Also, 6 pages of CD & LP reviews. All on 104 A5 pages, and with a way better layout than ever before. Highly recommended to all those into Doom metal! For more info email Jean Mathues at reflectionsofdoom@pandora.be.
(reviewed by EddY, posted 12/01/2004)


REFLECTIONS OF DOOM # 14 (April 2004)

I was glad to find out that Jean had completed another issue of REFLECTIONS OF DOOM so soon after the comeback 13th issue. Released as an A5 affair as always, but only 76 pages this time around, it's still one of the few zines dedicated to the true doom metal scene these days. There are no reviews in this issue, instead you get a write-up on FEAR MY SOLITUDE plus interviews with the likes of BUNKUR, CENTURION'S GHOST, DOOMSHINE, IRON HEARSE, LAHAR, LAMENTED SOULS, REVELATION, John Perez & SOLITUDE AETURNUS, Rich Walker & SOLSTICE, THEE PLAGUE OF GENTLEMEN, THE RIVER, WAR INJUN and WELL OF SOULS (U.S.A. version). Enough to satisfy every self-respecting true doom fanatic, no doubt about it! For more info email Jean Mathues at reflectionsofdoom@pandora.be.
(reviewed by EddY, posted 19/04/2004)


ROCK BOTTOM # 20 (December 2003)

ROCKBOTTOM is a new addition to this section, and let me start by pointing out that it's not strictly a metal music fanzine, as it includes some non-musical and even non-metal related topics as well. Nevertheless there's always something interesting to be found, and, it's free to all! This issue consists of 34 pages and includes interviews with the likes of FACTORY OF ART, CRUNCH MOB, RAVENSTHORN, Quintessence webzine, ... plus a flashback feature on BLACK SABBATH. Plus plenty of reviews. Like I mentioned before, not entirely focused on metal, but quite interesting after all. For details on how to obtain a copy, go to www.rockbottomzine.com, or contact editor Marcy Miller directly at rockbottomzine@hotmail.com.
(reviewed by EddY, posted 17/05/2004)


ROCKBOTTOM # 21 (March 2004)

Issue 21 of ROCKBOTTOM is pretty much along the same lines as its predecessor, albeit that it consists of 44 pages. Interviews with OMEN, WAR INJUN and a flashback on MERCYFUL FATE & KING DIAMOND make this worthwhile. Plus plenty of reviews (CD's, zines, DVD's, movies, ...) and more interviews of course. And non metal related articles covering tattoos, a serial killer, poetry, ... Once again, contact editor Marcy Miller directly at rockbottomzine@hotmail.com or go to www.rockbottomzine.com.
(reviewed by EddY, posted 17/05/2004)


ROCKBOTTOM # 22 (May 2004)

Not too many familiar metal names in this particular issue of ROCK BOTTOM, apart from some reviews and an interview with former LIEGE LORD guitarist Paul Nelson. Other interviews include DOWNFALL, SPINEBELT, DREAMS IN FEAR, ... Plus some non metal related articles of course. This will not be to anyone's taste, but I'm looking forward to # 23 nevertheless. More info : rockbottomzine@hotmail.com or www.rockbottomzine.com.
(reviewed by EddY, posted 09/08/2004)


SINGING SWORDS # 4 (July 2003)

Just like REFLECTIONS OF DOOM, Greece's SINGING SWORDS has made a comeback as well, also after having been away from the scene for several years. Issue 4 (52 A4 pages, written in English) includes interviews with the likes of BATTLE RAM, BATTLE ROAR, CLAIRVOYANT, CRYSTAL TEARS, ELIXIR, HOLY MARTYR, IRONSWORD, LONEWOLF, MALEDICTION, MANILLA ROAD, MARAUDER, METAL INQUISITOR, OMEN and REFLECTION, plus an article on WOTAN. True metal indeed! Plus a flashback to the metal year of 1984 in Power Of Ages and 14 pages of CD/LP reviews. For ordering details just email Michael Nochos at nochos@hotmail.com or Greg Varsamis at singingswords@hotmail.com.
(reviewed by EddY, posted 12/01/2004)


SNAKEPIT # 12 (January 2004)

At last ... here's # 12 of one of the, if not the period, best underground heavy metal magazines of all time! This one was originally supposed to be released in July 2003 already, but that just didn't happen until early this year, for reasons unknown to me. In the meantime Austrian 'Master Of The Pit' Heinz Konzett has thrown in the towel, and as a result this 12th issue of SNAKEPIT may well be the very last one. Rather than letting all of their efforts go to waste French 'Metal God' Laurent Ramadier decided to release a 'rudimentary' version at last, for the die-hards. The glossy frontcover is gone, but it's still in colour, and the pages are photocopied as opposed to printed. I couldn't care less, as long as the contents are interesting. And SNAKEPIT never failed in that department. This final (?) issue (102 A4 pages) is packed with 7 pages of reviews (re-releases, new ones and even a couple of demos) + interviews with Jon Torres (WARNING SF, ULYSSES SIREN, ANGEL WITCH), SHOK PARIS, Paul Speckmann (WAR CRY, MASTER), PESTILENCE / THE HORDE OF TORMENT, WILDFIRE / STATETROOPER, NASTY SAVAGE, early FATES WARNING, RIOT, LONEWOLF, VILLAIN / VICIOUS RUMORS, Gary Barden (MSG, STATETROOPER, PRAYING MANTIS, SILVER), DEFIANCE, GROUND ATTACK, PHARAOH, CONFESSOR, SINDROME, TORCH, SWORD, ELIXIR, THORGEN, DEATH ANGEL / THE ORGANIZATION, ZNÖWHITE / CYCLONE TEMPLE and 16 (!) pages of Gene Hoglan (DARK ANGEL, DEATH). Plus a Mausoleum Records special. Needless to say that this is a must have issue for every self-respecting heavy metal fan, regardless of age. Since Laurent basically just makes copies whenever there is a demand, and since there is no real distribution, the only way to get a copy is to order one directly from Laurent himself. Email him for prices including postage at : snakepit2@free.fr. Just do it!!! Even moreso because Laurent has promised to continue SNAKEPIT this way if there is enough interest in this issue. What more encouragement do you need to get off your lazy ass! Rudimentary issues like this are better than no more issues at all. Do we really want issue 12 to be SNAKEPIT's swansong? Hell no! Act accordingly and order at least one copy NOW!!!!!!!!
(reviewed by EddY, posted 11/03/2004)


SNAKEPIT # 13 (July 2004)

The best underground heavy metal magazine refuses to die, and rightfully so. And it's all thanks to Laurent Ramadier, who does almost everything himself these days. # 13 consists of 78 A4 pages and includes interviews with AGENT STEEL, ARMOROS, BEYOND, BLACK STEEL, BULLET, BYFIST, DEATH MILITIA, EXODUS, FORCED ENTRY, INFERNAL MÄJESTY, INSANITY, IRON ANGEL, JAG PANZER, LEGACY, MALEDICTION, MALTESE FALCON, MUSIC FOR NATIONS RECORDS, NAPALM DEATH, REPULSION, SIREN, THRUST, TRAUMA, UNSEEN TERROR, VIXEN and WITCHSLAYER. I'm sure it'll take you days to digest all of this, but of course there's four pages of reviews as well. Laurent is definitely going to release a 14th issue around the end of this year, but the future after that is still uncertain. Lack of proper distribution resulted in only some 200 copies of # 12 being sold, which isn't very motivating. And believe me, I know the feeling ... So please be a good sport and order a copy rightaway. Or do like some of us already did : order at least five copies (which results in a cheaper price per copy as opposed to ordering a single copy, due to postage) and sell them to your friends. Laurent would like to regain the status that SNAKEPIT had before # 12 and the only way to achieve that is to sell more copies. Please act accordingly and order at least one, but preferrably more, copies NOW!!!!!!!! Email Laurent for price details including postage at : snakepit2@free.fr. Just do it!!!
(reviewed by EddY, posted 15/11/2004)


THE FORGOTTEN SCROLL # 1 (February 2004)

Another new addition to this section. Quite obviously, since this is the maiden issue of THE FORGOTTEN SCROLL. Or should I say, the very first written edition, since there is www.truemetal.org/forgotten-scroll as well. This quality fanzine hails from Greece, but luckily it's entirely written in English. 48 A4 pages is what you get here, including interviews with LIEGE LORD, BROCAS HELM, TWISTED TOWER DIRE, STEELGLORY, CHARLIE 'UNGRY, SARISSA, FIREWIND and BATTLEROAR. Plus 11 (eleven!) pages devoted to the mighty CIRITH UNGOL, including a three-page interview. These pages alone make this issue worthwhile! And of course there are plenty of all kinds of reviews as well, 15 pages in total. Nice layout too, and worth whatever price you have to pay for it! Can't wait to see # 2!! Go to the website mentioned above for more details, or just contact chief editor Chris Papadakis directly at Countraven@hotmail.com. Just do it!
(reviewed by EddY, posted 17/05/2004)


THE VAULT # 4/5 (April 2004)

And yet another new addition to this section. Or not quite, since I already reviewed THE VAULT # 3 in DEN OF INIQUITY fanzine # 4. And , as those with a strong memory will recall, I was quite fond of this Serbian magazine too! Issue 4 was initially set for a May 2003 release, but due to the usual problems that all of the printed zines editors encounter sooner or later this was delayed. In stead a double issue saw the light of day last April, which I didn't receive until recently. It was well worth the wait though, as this issue consists of 96 packed A4 pages, written in English of course. These guys still cover all kinds of metal, with the focus on thrash and heavy metal. And thus you get interviews with TWISTED TOWER DIRE, Alex Skolnick (ex TESTAMENT), WITCHBURNER, BLACK STEEL, EXILED, PANZER, HF, PARAGON, SKULLVIEW, MORNINGSTAR, AUDIOPAIN, WARNING SF, TONKA, DEW SCENTED, HANGAR 18 (a MEGADETH tribute band), WITCHTOWER, SOLITAIRE and Karthago Records. Plus 26 pages of CD & vinyl reviews, 4 pages of zine reviews and 6 pages of live reviews. And a Serbian Steel special (7 pages) and a special dedicated to bands from former Yugoslavia (3 pages). Easily enough to provide you with hours of reading pleasure, and a way to discover plenty of new bands. Do contact Bosko Radisic at rna_yu@yahoo.com for ordering details. These guys deserve all possible support. Issue 6 is set for release towards the end of this year, and promises to be even thicker than this one. Way to go!!
(reviewed by EddY, posted 02/11/2004)



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