|Review: Chaotic Critiques|
Author: Tate Bengston
Issue #: 13
Year published: 2001
Web site: www.geocities.com/chaoticcrit
Attn. Tate Bengston
P.O. Box 426
Lumby, B.C. Canada
V0E 2G0Price: $2 North America/$4 World
Review online: December 22, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 5/5 (100%) (1 Vote)
Chaotic Critiques is a medium-sized fanzine, with stapled xeroxed pages, with a very clean and well-done layout. This issue has 32 pages (including the front and back covers) divided about 45% interviews and 55% reviews. Most interviews are pretty much on the short side, except a couple that run for a couple of pages (most are half page or one page). Amazingly, despite their short length, most interviews are interesting and informative. Bands interviewed in this issue include Lowrider, Iced Earth, Burth by the Sun, Cathedral, Soilwork, Beauty, Spirit Caravan, Epoch Of Unlight, Sea Of Green, Averse Sefira, and Bloodthorn. I like the balance between "popular" bands and more obscure, lesser known bands.
Except for a couple of exceptions, the reviews are usually on the long side, usually pretty informative although I found a few to be too wordy, but nothing to lose sleep over. Reviews cover most genres of metal and some hardcore, so there's something in there for everyone.
Unless I missed something, there's only one ad, on the back cover. As I mentionned previously, the layout is pretty clean and the type is just large enough that you don't need a magnifying glass nor does it waste space - and here I have to mention that not much space is left blank on the pages in this zine, something I always appreciate. At $2/$4 per issue, you can't go wrong with this fanzine. Good stuff.
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