|Review: Chaos Magazine|
Issue #: 11
Year published: 2001
Web site: www.chaosmagazine.de
Wormser Strasse 40
GermanyPrice: See web site
Review online: August 19, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 0/5 (0%) (0 Votes)
This German magazine (written in English) has been around for some 8-9 years. There are indications in the editorial that this could be the last issue (the last one listed on their web site is issue #10) so I don't know if it's still around. It is however available at some distros.
This is a fanzine but will glossy pages. Not too many ads, so its 80 or so pages are packed with material, including a Metal Blade Records sampler CD. The focus here is pretty much on extreme metal, mostly black and death, with some coverage of doom, gothic, thrash and grindcore. The reviews sections are by genre, so if you're not interested in a specific genre you can just skip the section - nice. As almost required in a fanzine, there's a good-sized demos reviews section. Overall the reviews are very well done, although some reviewers' English is a bit hard to decipher, but still quite understandable.
There's a large feature on At The Gates in this issue, interviews with Centinex, Abhorrence, Zyklon, Dawn of Dreams, Theory in Practice, In Aeternum, Runemagick, Maze of Torment, Hypnosia, Dimmu Borgir, Six Feet Under, Malevolent Creation, Witchery, Amon Amarth, Darkane, Soul Demise, Napalm Death, The Forsaken, Triumphator and Deathbound. The interviews are overall pretty interesting, there's even some bands interviewed here that I found totally boring in other interviews, but here the interviewer seem to have done a better job extracting interesting information. :)
Very good zine overall, except the English in some places requires a little effort from the reader. Nice layout, although on some pages the white text in on too clear a background, making parts of the text very difficult to read. Other than that, good job! Oh, no power metal or classic heavy metal here.
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