May 2020, 44/A4, hand-numbered, xeroxed, Polish, interviews: MARTWA AURA, VACANT BODY, MORBID WINDS, SATHANAS, HYPERDONTIA, GRAVEWARDS, BURIAL IN THE WOODS, ELIXIR OF DISTRESS.
I did not go wrong this time and purchased the recent, still hot issue with the number eight immediately after hitting the bowels of the underground. As for size, layout and such stuff I could copy and paste my previous VGL reviews. It's been released in the same form, it does not really develop anymore and... I do not need any changes. The front cover greets with a dark, obscure picture and on the start I have another three bands that screwed up and didn't answer. Really strange as all are on Polish Fallen Temple roster. Pawel cares for wood resources and there's no single place left empty, just take a look on page number 4, as he put one review under Martwa Aura chat. Ok, let's go the content: the eight consists of eight interviews, but let me describe the weakest ones for starters. Hyperdontia, despite having quite huge impact here and there, completely failed. Pawel explained the case in words of introduction preparing pretty much interesting questions, but in the end I got terrible answers and two of them without any words of explanations. What's more, there are many editor's necessary footnotes which isn't a standard thing for VGL. The contest on the biggest lame of the issue is finally settled. In turn, Sathanas gave a shedload of laconic answers shorter than questions making this intie average and totally forgettable. All right, I guess all my whinings are over, because the rest is pretty decent, good (Martwa Aura that opens, Vacant Body – the shortest with only ten questions yet definitely concise, Gravewards, very interesting with ten questions as well, unfortunately it ends too abruptly) or just very good. Polish Morbid Winds, new blackish beast, proudly opens the remaining trinity, giving fully informative friendly chat made in last April. There is no surprise here as Diabolizer (in alliance with Cryptic Lust), the band's drummer and Worship Him zine editor knows the subject perfectly. In similar way Elixir of Distress shines through pages, however I found it as a great complement to the interview from R'lyeh 15. And the third one lastly: Burial in the Woods led by modest Gerileme again with very interesting chat, definitely to check it out. The answer on question two has got a funny (or not, it depends...) typo though.
As compared to 7, the font has been changed into smaller size, however still being readable and not causing an eye pain. The old sin with midsentence capitalized 'and' conjuction didn't disappear, there are some spelling mistakes as well. Due to reduced amount of pages, the review section offers 20 zines (in the case of this zine, I even would write only 20...) and 135 musical different formats written with using the same rules as always. Flabbergastingly, this time the Chilean ungerdround isn't the leading force. The live reports are present too (7 described visits). Then, the page 2 features nice science and history section – good move, clever and interesting treat, especially when it comes to the person of Herodot. So, allow me to capsule this issue: VGL doesn't disappoint providing a few hours of pure hellish underground reading once again. I expected solid stuff from experienced editor, and I got such. And for sure, questions on non-musical topics (for instance, ecology, Earth's overpopulation, historical facts, burials) are an added value. Fully recommended, no two ways about it.
(written in June, 2020)