INTERVIEWS WITH: NILE, CENTINEX, CENTURIAN, LYMPHATIC PHLEGM, VULPECULA/ARES KINGDOM, GOTHIC, SEVERE TORTURE, FOUR SEATS FOR INVALIDES, AMORBITAL, PENTACLE, NATRON, DESECRATION, Lofty Storm rec., MANGLED, WOLFPACK, DOWNTHROAT, ATLANTEAN, MENTAL DISSECTION, HOUWITSER … whew! – 56 A4 pro-printed pages written in English
MASTERS OF BRUTALITY is first and foremost a ?zine with capital ?Z?, and all the right things you should ever want from a zine arranged with top-level accuracy. It is professionally printed and a pleasure to browse, but it?s free of space-wasting, pretentiously looking design wanking (millions of Photoshop effects, full-page ads etc. in fact they even told me they did all this with a word-processor!! Believe me, the quality?s really impressive). It?s just well written, thick of info, and with a good layout which is perfect by the side of readability and has some nice ideas as well but very, very neat. Ewald sent me this issue last years so I have to apologize because the review is not very fresh, but I believe that it couldn?t have changed substantially. There is an impressive array of interviews, more or less the same percentile that Liquid of Life gives to reviews here is dedicated to good, always over one page long interviews with some of the best Death Metal bands around, plus some grind and crust scattered here and there (Wolfpack, Distortion rec., LYMPHATIC PHLEGM etc.). The interviews are not exhilarating a la Grimoire, not overly inquisitive and in deep a la Voices from the Darkside, nor personal as Metal Core, but far batter that what I could possibly do so I cannot really complain. The best thing I can say about it is that the three collaborators which write this mag have a real backbone of historical knowledge which I really rate high in a fanzine, too often people just get excited by the idea of having Cds and demos for free and simply try to put one ?zine which turns out just a sloppy mockery of what it should be. Address are everywhere, and lots of the interviews are worked over past experiences, gigs, projects, everything which can be considered informative. The reviews are what don?t really thrill me. They?re kinda short but I know what it takes to write 250 reviews in as little time as you can so again I cannot whine too much, they?re still more informative that those in many other publications. I think the best feature here is the interview with Chuck Keller of VULPECULA/ARES KINGDOM, considering the bands themselves are ripe with culture and interesting views, it really came out crammed with information. Other inties I devoured in a 1 second burst are those with LYMPHATIC PHLEGM (a band which I ADORE) and Lofty Storm rec. (which is declared as the first ever Masters of Brutality interview of a label). No need to say this ?zine crushes every kind of glossy magazine in sheer journalism, professionalism and dedication. Neat and informative, I don?t want this ?zine an inch different from now.