Wednesday, December 14, 2011
End Times zine review
What happened to metal? No, I mean real metal: Slayer, Exodus, Destruction, Sodom, Halloween, Hellbastard, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden… It’s all gone now, it seems. At least, most of it is; the number of and quality of bands has surely dissipated. However, there seems to have been at least a slight resurgence; a zine called End Times out of Lansing has cropped up. Though I knew of only of the of the bands, the artistic direction was low fidelity (black and white, cut and paste) and the information was both interesting and informative. On top of this, it seems that Michigan metal has revved up, and hopefully End Times will be at the forefront, documenting it all. Places like the Blackened Moon, Mac’s Bar, the Ritz, (unfortunately) Harpo’s and (more unfortunately) Blondie’s are hosting the main metal shows, a few different promoters are getting the word out to fans, and bands like Reaper, Perversion, Wastelander, Hash Blazer, Beast in the Field (who are interviewed in the second issue), Year of the Pig, and Shitfucker are spreading this sound. Though End Times is undoubtedly a bit dirty and lo-fi, I like it. It’s a throwback to how things used to be done- and that, my internet-age friends, is better than any e-zine. Michigan metal lives on, and End Times is proof.