April 2016, 56/A4, xeroxed, Polish, hand-numbered, interviews: SKELETHAL, AUTOKRATOR, CATACOMBAT, INFERNUS SERPEST, ISRATHOUM, GOAT SEMEN, ADRIAN (R’Lyeh zine), SEPULCHER, TORMENTO BESTIAL, CEMETERY WHORE, TILL YOU FUKKIN BLEED.
I started to read this newest still hot issue being really high-mettled. Well, not only because of decent work with the previous piece of Apocalyptic Rites, but also my beloved Valencia beat Barcelona at Camp Nou. But let’s leave football since a mistful scytheman is coming near. A fast perfunctory examination and all is clear: nothing has been changed. The style is continually the same (layout and general facies), maybe Robin painted it more white comparing to #7. The first cannon-shot is made by French Skelethal and, as opposed to Nechbeyth that opened the heptad, they are verbalize experts. But don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched, just look at their answer concerning the Islamic world. Nothing new in this topic…
This time Robin decided to inject his child with Polish ptomaine. No doubt, these chats belong to the best ones here. But from the beginning, very interesting Catacombat, a bit weaker Cemetery Whore. In turn another different dimension reaches friendly causerie (however Robin wastes his breath in editorial writing about it) with head representative of nice R’Lyeh community on Polish underground burning issues. It’s not an usual as always, Adrian and Robin spatter themselves with facts, arguments, and opinions, entering the ground of commercial tv world, lofty aspirations and money, presenting real stars of the underworld. The whole sucks in like a walking through the swamp. And one more thing, as it has culinary touch appetizing for dumplings, but guys, I prefer these ones filled with sauerkraut and mushrooms (boletus only). Till You Fukkin Bleed also brings something to eat, however I don’t like blood sausage at all. Focusing on the core, and except for Bartuus does a great job with his small label spewing all these tapes, it becomes a friendly fire-side talk and simply another interesting piece to read. Well done! As for world outside. Not as good as mentioned above, but definitely not a donkey ride, so there’s no need to be ashamed for. Autokrator gives really good stuff to be familiar with, just like very long Goat Semen. Sepulcher isn’t a cripple as well, but when Robin asks about printed press, Norwegians presents… five dots. Fuck, is the question about zines too difficult to get along? Fucking no, it has nothing in common e.g. with the Higgs boson and vascular endothelial growth factor. Or maybe Robin insisted to see everything in Polish due to being so lazy to translate it? Ok, going further through apocalyptic rites domain, one interview has to be mentioned as it has been rolled by Sentiel. The start isn’t easy for him, it’s pretty tough and bluff, yet the machine moves forward eventually despite of some laconism here and there. From the other hand two last shots from South America: decentish Bestial Torment and the hero from Robin’s article Infernus Serpest, which are next American bands that do not like football, I know that proctologic vigour of Gonzalo Jara isn’t the thing Chile should be proud of. Hm… strange. Anyway, metal prevails, right?
The review section isn’t as large as afore, but all is served in white. This time 23 portions of zines (still great it isn’t treated unfairly) and 141 of music. No changes of the Robin’s style, but mentioned Sentiel did write several of them as well. I didn’t even notice a lack of live reports, probably due to another interesting survey. The subject is as fresh as a daisy and deals the recent gigs of famous bands and their thematic tours. Not sure if everything is kept in sincere way, yet I saw Iron Maiden in Poznań in 2014 during Maiden England 2014 travels and they crushed me completely showing one of the best live performances I’ve ever seen. It was planned to play old stuff only (up to “Fear of the Dark” album exclusively), but what about Morbid Angel or Samael executing whole old (!) albums? No surprise, opinions are divided, everything depends on personal feelings only. But Death to All? For me a complete misunderstanding! And I agree with Robin opinions just like with Marcin C., his Death to All parallel to speedway turning right is a killer, I felt down from my chair roaring with laughter on the floor. I couldn’t term it more precise. But the question is: who will be the next one? Motörhead to All? Marketing dabsters, don’t waste your time and go to work!
Fine, while totalizing the content of the Eight: for sure it is better than the previous number. You know, less bands fructified quality merchandise in each aspect. I treat it maybe not as a superiority apex, but definitely one of high-powered significant titles in Polish zine kingdom and absolutely safe buy for all and sundry rooted deeply in the underground. Believing that Apocalyptic Rites won’t become webzine, I wait for the ninth rite. Hope next year.
(written in April, 2016)