|Review: SnakePit Magazine|
Issue #: 9
Year published: 2001
Web site: www.truemetal.org/snakepit
c/o Matt Coe
282 Maple St.
See the web site for contacts outside the U.S.Price: US$5 - Subscriptions are available.
Review online: August 10, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 0/5 (0%) (0 Votes)
I wish I had hear about SnakePit Magazine before, since most of the early issues are sold out. SnakePit is quite different from the other zines/magazines out there. Instead of doing like everyone else and featuring, for example, Iced Earth and Slayer because they have new albums, those guys actually seek older (often no longer active) metal bands, a lot of them from the 80's. The interview are probably the most in-depth you'll find anywhere. And when interviewing, they sometimes interview a former member, for example this issue has an interview with Metallica's first bass player, Ron McGovney, and former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland. Needless to say, those guys who were there in the very early days of the bands have interesting stuff to say.
Here are some of the bands interviewed in this issue: Anacrusis, Angel Witch, Anvil, Deathslayer, Falconer, Hittman, Iron Cross, Overstep, Paragon, Slaughter (Canada), Viking, WASP and a few others. None of those interview are of the "third of a page" variety, so you actually learn something.
Some reviews are included as well, including new albums, demos and album re-releases, as well as some fanzines. The reviews are generally pretty well written and informative, although there's the occasional reviewer throwing a fit, just like in any magazine. ;)
The strength of this magazine is definitely the interviews. The guys did their homework and in some cases almost know more about the band than the band members themselves! The interviews almost always include a good number of photos (black and white), a lot of them covering the band's career. This is one place where you'll find live band photos from the early 80's for example. Cool stuff. Needless to say, the magazine is very hard to put down. You're missing a lot of extremely interesting information if you don't buy this!
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