|From:||The Crusader <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|To:||The Crusader <TheCrusader@onelist.com>|
|Subject:||[The Crusader] The Crusader Scripture #5|
|Date:||31 December 1999 07:14|
The Crusader E-Zine
METAL IS LIFE
31 December 1999
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A CALL TO ARMS
Hail all my Brethren
This e-mail version of The Crusader has been way too long in the making, so I decided to finish it off today, the last day
of the century. It's not actually completed and there are no interviews, due to my dislike of doing them I have been remarkably
slack in that department. I will be trying to get this e-zine out quicker next time to try and catch up on my backlog.
The Scene in South Africa is a hive of activity. The last year has been the most eventful year for a while in South Africa. The
"New Breed" compilation CD has finally seen the light on the newest SA label "Witchdoctor Records" (email@example.com), featuring
15 of our top Metal acts, including Mjollnir, Groinchurn, Gorelock and Morthor. July also saw the long awaited release of
Retribution Denied's posthumous CD "Songs of Soul and Psyche" as well as the debut CD from Sacrifist entitled
"Liquid Visions" and finally we had the release of the fourth issue of The Crusader Fanzine, SA's premier Metal publication.
Groinchurn have buggered off overseas again to play some festivals in Europe, with some very big name acts, there is no
stopping these people. On the local tour circuit, nothing is happening. Gigs are small and the support is minimal, but the latest
crop of Metal bands are getting better and better and thus the support is sure to improve. Pretoria's (my home town) Metal
scene is totally dead. All us Metalheads have retreated into our own homes, forming little cliques of loyal followers. The streets
are packed with fag Goths, and Cradle of Filth fans. These days the difference is not that evident anymore.
Oh well, lets get on with the party. I myself am off to get really piddly, to celebrate the new century. Don't you just hate that
Check out Powerzone at www.powerzone.co.za for more info on South African bands. We will not be stopped,
but why is SA Metal more popular overseas than it is on our own shores?
THE NOW AND HERE IS NEVER
(0 Battle Axes)
Why do you think this band would be called Floodland? Why, because the sound exactly like The Sisters of Mercy,
they even have a track called 'Sister of Mercy'. I'll give them one thing though, they also have elements of The
Mission in their music. By the Gods, this music is pathetic!!! Really commercial Goth crap. Send all hate mail to:
Hauptplatz 24, A-2700 Wiener Neustadt, Austria
(6 Battle Axes)
Pretty standard half gothic, half Metal, demo CD from South Africa's Immortal Slave. Lyrics about lost love, sadness
and other general gothic subjects. Way soft music with female vocals occasional black type screeching, and bad sounding
irritating acoustic guitars. If Immortal Slave record a well financed CD, this will be music to get chicks with. Nina
often sounds like a female Ian Anderson. Actually not a bad offering but I am so desperately anti goth at the moment, that I
can't take this seriously. 17 Ophir Road, Plumstead, 7800, South Africa.
(6 Battle Axes)
I was pleasantly surprised by this CD. After seeing the ghastly cover, I thought this was going to be some horrible industrial rubbish.
I still don't like the packaging but the newer Obituary styled Death is definitely not a bad thing. Can't say I would freak out trying to
get hold of this CD, but if someone chucked it on I wouldn't complain. Modern stylings are present in the occasional groove and
use of acoustic interludes. Then suddenly synthesized Harpsichord makes itself known, strange but not bad.
Hauptplatz 24, A-2700 Wiener Neustadt, Austria
HELL ON STAGE LIVE (+ Bonus CD)
(100 Battle Axes)
Don't be a dumbass!!! Why are you even bothering to read this review, I SAID IT WAS MANOWAR, Therefore you know it rules.
Go out and buy this CD immediately (as I did), and revel in the pure majesty of the Kings of Metal.
EVERYTHING LOUDER THAN EVERYONE ELSE
(10 Battle Axes)
"We are Motörhead, and we're going to kick your ass!!!!!" What can a mere mortal say about a band as legendary as
Motörhead? A double CD featuring 25 classics recorded in Hamburg 1998. Motörhead live has always been the way
to hear the band, and they never fail to satisfy. 25 tracks spanning Motörhead's entire career, with standards like Ace of
Spades, Overkill and No Class, but where are Motörhead and Rock'n'Roll (my personal favourite)? Features like the cool
cover, tour photos and explanations by Lemmy of all the tracks. No Metal collection is complete without it.
NEW BREED 1
(8 Battle Axes)
The latest South African Metal compilation is a vast improvement from the '13...A Compilation' CD released a couple of
years back. featuring MJOLLNIR - South African Norsecore, GROINCHURN - Grinding South Africore, V - Strange,
slow tribal Death, DEMACRETIA - Techno tripe that must be wiped out, CRYSTAL DAWN - Gothenburg sound,
MESADOTH - Fucking cool 80's thrash, AZRAELLA'S SORROW - pathetic, gay, gothic Black stuff (not Metal),
GRAMLICH - pathetic, gay, gothic gay stuff (not Metal), NOCTURNAL DOMINION - 'kill someone wearing lace' type
Black Metal, restores some of my faith in the scene, GORELOCK - Necrophiliac 'Acid Reign' thrash, my favourite
track on the CD, RAPTURE - Rockin' Metal, strange thing to find on an underground comp, but I like it, P.I.T.T -
Modern Death Metal, DEVIATE - Older style Death Metal, MORTHOR - Brilliant Thrash Death, and finally
South Africa's classic Death Metal band RETRIBUTION DENIED deliver a very good Black Metal
NOISE KILLS PUNK DEAD
(0 Battle Axes)
To this CD's defence, I must say it comes in the most amazing press kit I have ever seen. The 'Do it yourself hurricane kit"
consists of various toys, rocks, beach sand and various other ingredients to create a hurricane on a small scale, included are
absolutely hilarious instructions. Unfortunately the CD is not of equal quality. I have never understood the idea behind
"noise", can anybody really obtain pleasure from listening to 73 minutes and 10 seconds of random noises, with absolutely no
point? 59 bands, 67 tracks with absolutely no songs or music, except for an almost lyrical I-45.
P.O.Box 2071, Wilmington, NC 28402, U.S.A. - firstname.lastname@example.org
(10 BATTLE AXES)
A mighty HAIL!!! 50 minutes of pure hardcore. Fast drumming and riffing. You'll find that the vocals are very powerful. This CD
consist out of: Juvenile, Hung to Dry, Your Dying Day, Dust to Dust, Die for me Get a Life, The Park Song, I Need Your Misery,
Illegal Creed, Intro-I Resent, People on the Highway of Lost Emotion. There seems to be no problem in the Cape Town Metal
Scene. The quality of the recording is the best I've ever heard in South Africa. You can get the lyrics on request at the band when
you order this disc. A must for all 90's Metal fans. Band Contact: "The Roadwork's", 10 Voortrekkerhof, Koeberg Road,
Milnerton, 7441, South Africa.
<Review by Johann Du Rand>
GRA VARLD / SVARTA TANKAR
(4 Battle Axes)
This Hardcore/Punk band hail from Gothenburg Sweden. Not the place I would imagine spawning a Hardcore band, but that
just goes to prove that you can't use a 'place' to define a band. The music isn't bad, the Hardcore punk is done in a
really Metal way, but no, I don't like it. Socially conscious, at least by what I can figure out through clues as the lyrics are in
Swedish. If music like the new Sepultura is your cup of tea, then Skitsystem are a band you should find.
(6 Battle Axes)
As most of you know I've always been stuck in the past, and I'll stay that way always. I just don't like the nineties, as as we approach
the end of the nineties, I suppose the nineties sound will become "retro". Sacraphyx can thus be described as retro. Displaying
proficient use of 'modern' Death Metal will virtually no influence from the earlier incarnations of the art of Death. This is
Sacraphyx's second CD-R demo CD, and as I don't really know it's predecessor I can't comment on the growth of the
music. Not my cup of tea, but certainly worth your while if you are of the new generation. Contact
Alec: P.O.Box 23032, Claremont, Cape Town, South Africa, 7735.
THE GREAT KAT
Blood and Guts Music
(7 Battle Axes)
Here in my sweaty palms I have the latest offering by The Great Kat, created especially for the pervert in all of us. Clocking in at
7,5 minutes long it's short enough to fit on a 7", which would make a brilliant media to release this one on due to the increased
emphasis on the visual, as well as forcing more 'participation' than what you get from a CD. Four tracks of which two are original
'Torture Chamber' & 'Blood', they are played in Kat's usual dogmatic style. The vocals are slightly distorted, which I don't
like. I especially like 'Blood', because of it's thrashy nature. The version of Vivaldi's Four Seasons is my favourite showcasing
Kat's incredible Violin technique and speed. Kat's version of Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy is an especially powerful
portrayal of the piece. Overall Bloody Vivaldi is well worth purchasing, provided you accept the short running time.
THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE
(9 Battle Axes)
This could easily be described as The Great Kat doing Black Metal. 2 tracks, 11:42 minutes packaged in a brilliant,
if not simple digipack. Convincingly evil Black style vocals with Kat style 'widly, widly, widly' guitar (come
on you know what I mean). The current line-up features Tena as songwriter and bassist, Morgan Hakansson (Marduk)
on guitar, Arioch (Funeral Mist) on vocals/guitar and Fredrik Andersson (Marduk) on drums. My absolute
fascination with Marduk had little to do with my appreciation for Triumphator. Wild, Evil and Black, there
are some more famous Swedish bands that could learn volumes from Triumphator.
BUILT FOR SPEED 'A MOTÖRHEAD TRIBUTE'
(7 Battle Axes)
Definitely a band worthy of tribute. Lemmy and cronies have made some of the most influential Metal ever. It's also fitting
that hardcore bands pay tribute, as Motörhead are one of the first bands that developed a hardcore sound. Featuring bands:
Blood for Blood, Groovie Ghoulies, Integrity, Dropkick Murphy's, Skarhead, Electric Frankenstein, Chrome Locust, Zeke,
Fahrenheit 451, Terra Firma and Speedealer. My favourite must be Blood for Blood's version of Ace of Spades, with it's spoken
intro that reminds me of early NYHC. I love the fact that Rock'n'Roll is covered as it's my favourite track from Motörhead but it
seldom gets attention. Terra Firma's version of Bomber, Sucks. Now we need a Metal tribute to Motörhead!
INTERVIEW WITH LUNATIC
(Originally featured in The Crass Menagerie)
Since their are no interviews in this issue I decided to
reprint an interview
that was done with me in November 1998 by
Jeb Branin of The Crass Menagerie. No one else wanted to interview me... Heh, heh.
CRASS MENAGERIE: TELL ME ABOUT YOUR ZINE. WHAT DO YOU COVER, WHEN AND HOW
DO YOU PUBLISH, HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AT IT, ETC....
CRUSADER: The Crusader is published around three times a year or at least whenever we can afford to do it. Our main aim
is to do our part in promoting Metal. Metal is our religion. We have been called narrow minded, and we love it. We can't
stand the way certain so called "Metal" bands are bastardising the Genre with the use of electronic beats and samples etc.
We also intend to unite the Metal fans as much as we can, so the world can see that doing what the Marketing
Executives at the large record companies want you to is not the only way. Any Metalhead who wants a copy can obtain it for
free from my address: P.O.BOX 39550, GARSFONTEIN, PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 0060. or
CRASS MENAGERIE: WHAT IS THE BEST AND WORST THING ABOUT DOING A ZINE?
CRUSADER: The nicest thing about doing a zine is all the free music and contact with all the bands who are the true underground
and may well be the next 'legends'. The worst thing is having to review "friends" of yours. It's important to stay honest but it sucks
giving cool people bad reviews
CRASS MENAGERIE: HAVE YOU EVER DONE ANOTHER ZINE?
CRUSADER: No this is the first one.
CRASS MENAGERIE: HAVE YOU EVER "GOTTEN IN TROUBLE" IN ANY WAY BECAUSE OF
SOMETHING YOU'VE PUBLISHED?
CRUSADER: Not yet, but we have a lot of negative comments about our subject matter.
CRASS MENAGERIE: IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD REFUSE TO PUBLISH IN YOUR ZINE?
IF YES, IN WHAT WAYS IS THAT DIFFERENT FROM CENSORSHIP?
CRUSADER: I would refuse to publish anything that wasn't tied to Metal in one way or another. The difference between
this and Censorship is that a 'zine is merely the opinions of one or a group of people; I'm not going to waste my money
and time in promoting something that I don't believe in.
CRASS MENAGERIE: DOES SOUTH AFRICA SUPPORT INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING? DO
YOU EVER HIDE THE FACT YOU DO A ZINE?
CRUSADER: South Africa has very little support; we get most of our support from overseas. I have never been in the situation
where I would have needed to hide the fact that I do a 'zine. I don't think that I would ever hide it.
CRASS MENAGERIE: LAST QUESTION..... IF YOU COULD DO AND PRINT AN INTERVIEW
WITH ANYONE WHO HAS EVER LIVED, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
CRUSADER: Not one specific person, anyone who has stayed true to Metal. Metallisux are an example of people
that should be shot, while an interview with a band like Manowar would make me proud, 15 years since their
first CD and they still rule.
DEATH TO FALSE METAL!
....A truly wise man never plays leapfrog with a unicorn....
THE HOLY TRINITY... DENIED
(9 Battle Axes)
This tape restored my faith in extreme Metal. I was becoming very anti-extreme, as I was just getting too much stuff that
sounded the same. The main draw card this tape has is the absolutely vicious vocals, Glenn must be coughing
out blood mixed with most of his internal organs after a gig. The music is something in the line of Black Metal,
but that in no way means it sounds anything like the fag/gothic crap we have to put up with these days.
True Extreme Metal. 187 Aspinal Street, Kangaroo Flat 3555, Victoria, Australia.
TWISTED TOWER DIRE
TRIUMPHING TRUE METAL
(10 Battle Axes)
BE STILL MY RAGING HORMONES!!!!! Shit, this is amazing. I know that Janet doesn't do vocals for TTD anymore, but
the combination of her voice and this music is truly something to behold. Epic Metal with all the trimmings, done really
professionally, but it's the female vocals that really do it for me. The amount emotion in her vocals makes the triumphing
feel of this recording even more amazing. If this is ever re-released on CD, I'll pay anything for it, even though it only has two
songs. HAIL Twisted Tower Dire. Contact: Scott Waldrop, 10021 Scenic View Terrace, Vienna, Virginia
PATHLESS AND AWKWARD ON THE STAIRS REVERSE
(7 Battle Axes)
You can't call this anything else but a demo, from a band who sadly aren't with us anymore (RIP). 4 tracks of guttural Death
Metal, 2 originals, a cover of The Misfits and a cover of Sick of it All, doesn't sound anything like Punk to me. There are no
labels on the record, so I don't even know which are the covers and which are the originals. There is definitely something
to be said about underground releases like this, they possess a extremely nostalgic charm for me and I will always
enjoy and promote them. Support the Underground. C/O Ian Heran, P.O.Box 362, Sonoma,
CA 95476, U.S.A.
GROINCHURN / HAEMORRAGE
I DON'T THINK SO / SURGERY FOR THE DEAD
(9 Battle Axes)
A new GROINCHURN release always sparks my interest, and when that release finally features a studio recording of their
brilliant Stayin' Alive cover, you know it must be good. 3 tracks with pretty normal Groinchurn samples to introduce
the songs. All three songs are only available on this release. South African Grindcore!!!!! Haemorrage supply their
normal brand of gurgling Death Metal with two tracks of their CD release Anatomical Inferno and a
General Surgery cover. I'm very familiar with Haemorrage's previous material, and this release builds well on
previous triumphs. It's good to hear bands that are influenced by the early classics from Carcass.
HAEMORRAGE / INGROWING
GORE ERREALA / CREATION OF ANOTHER FUTURE
Copremesis Records / Shindy Productions
(7 Battle Axes)
Another brilliant offering from Haemorrage, seems to be a lot in this issue. The vocals are lot more 'shrieked' than usual but
still their brand of gurgling Death Metal shines through. Contains one previously unreleased track, recorded for this EP
'Putrefaction (I still remind)' and two other tracks. Ingrowing's contribution to this haven for sickness is just as deep
and menacing as their particular brand of Death always is. Pure grinding Death, but with strange guitar parts in the
background. Two tracks taken off their upcoming Cyberspace CD and a cover of Anal Cunt's 'Radio Hit'.
Very true to AC's sound.
Here we have a Metal Scene report by one of my fine Friends Tony aka Dobson.
It was a fine night out and much Metal & Beer was had by all.
CUERVO GOLD METALANIUM
23 OCTOBER 1999
Well, what can I say. The Lunatic from Crusader Magazine contacted me to tell me about this gig. Had he not, I would not have
known. This must be the most under publicized concert of 1999. Once I knew about it, I kept my eyes and ears open,
but saw no posters and heard nothing on the radio. Anyway, enough complaining.
Grimm and myself got off to a late start from Pretoria. No problem, we had some beer in the car and I had checked the map
out. I had been warned that everyone gets lost in Newtown and we did. Luck we had some beer with us. So, we ended up
rocking up a bit later than expected, just in time to see the last two songs of Decay Into Light.
I can’t comment too much on this band as we did not see the full set and I was too busy scoping the bar out to really check
them out. Maybe next time. Hollow Point was up after the break, so we checked the Carfax place out. Nice enough. WAR records
was there flogging CD’s, Vinyl and other paraphernalia of local and overseas bands. Picked up a Groinchurn EP for R25.
Hollow Point and Misrecord came and went. A few fans got up and head banged a bit but both bands failed to stir the greater
masses into any action, other than politely listening. Demencratia got up and the fans started to take notice. A short, powerful
set saw quite a few fans get up and bang a bit.
By this time it was approaching 7 p.m. and Sacraphyx was up. Sacraphyx would like to clear some misconceptions up.
Seems that people get them confused with Sacrifist. Can’t think how. Anyway, the band warmed up and got going. They
were quick to invite people up for some token stage diving. Great stuff. This band is GOOD. Fast, furious and heavy,
the fans went wild. Quite a few moshes erupted during their set and in general, people had a lot of fun. Keep it up guys.
Crystal Dawn was up next and also enjoyed quite a bit of attention from the fans. Although this band have a very good sound,
they seem a bit laid back in the way they play. Almost like it is an effort to get out there and entertain the punters. Their
set was pretty professional though, even if they didn’t have the pull of Sacraphyx.
Mjollnir on the other hand has a great pull. Kitted out in their leathers with plenty chains and nails, this band has a presence on
stage, even before they start to play. And boy do they play. They blasted into their set and just didn’t stop. Thor's hammer was
present and wielded by their vocalist, much to the joy of the punters. A few good moshes were the result.
After the break and some more beer and talking of shit to some stand owners, Sacrifist got on stage. This band
has been around a while and has its own group of loyal followers. I have seen them in the past and it seems
to me that they are getting better all the time. Another band who is definitely going places. Although I
didn’t get up and bang much during their set, it was still pretty good. Seemed to me that a lot of the
punters were saving their energy for the last band of the night, Groinchurn.
Ah, yes, Groinchurn. Originally formed as a two piece (I can’t remember the name of the band that broke up),
this band has really made it, if any metal band can actually do that now days in SA! They have become a lot
harder and heavier over the years, but you can still feel their punk roots when they play. The were great that
night. Almost everyone was up and moshing and banging and having a good time. I am sure that a lot of
the punters had come specifically to see them. They played a hard and heavy set that left everyone sweating
and smiling from ear to ear. Great stuff.
All in all, Grimm and I had a good time. I am sure that everyone there enjoyed themselves immensely. Just wish that
there were more punters present. Groinchurn said that another one should be organized for the actual millennium.
If so, I hope it is just as good or better and is properly publicized.
Ygg guard you
THE GREAT KAT
Thomas Public Relations
(8 Battle Axes)
Man, this intense! You should try reviewing something when you can't stop looking at it!!! M-TV wouldn't even allow this
into their building, let alone play it... South African TV, Ha, NEVER. I still haven't seen Cradle of Filth's latest video, with it's
fabled blood use, but there is no way it can be as brutally used as this. Kat goes through the motions described in
her latest 'hit single' TORTURE CHAMBER. Proficient use of Black and white film interspersed with flashes of
colour to highlight the pain and pleasure being experienced by her subjects. Blood, Chains & Chainsaws, Large drills
being drilled into the chest cavity, boiling water and other pleasant aspects abound. What do I have to say in conclusion?
"Keep those garden shears AWAY from my nuts..." www.greatkat.com
In the beginning there was chaos. Then there was Metal. Then there was Scepter! Bassist/Vocalist John Karnes first Metalized with
guitarist Todd Czepek and drummer Eric Czepek back in 1991 under the name Nostradamus. The band lasted for only six months
and all that came from this union was a four song rehearsal demo. Nothing was released.
Todd and John joined forces again in 1993 with the goal of forming a band that would finally satisfy their over-the-top
Metal needs. Thus, in the spring of 1994, Scepter was born. Armed with lethal new material, along with drummer
Dave Gipson, Scepter entered the studio in the Winter of 1994. The result: Up Thy Ass, the four assault
cassette E.P that propelled Scepter into the worldwide Metal arena. Original Nostradamus drummer,
Eric, returned in early 1995 and the three went to work immediately.
Lightning strikes twice as Scepter unleashes their new high-voltage release METAL SUPREMACY, featuring four
electrifying songs that are sure to fry your brain! Metal oppression ends today! So-called "authority"
figures can fuck off and die! Scepter raises their fists high, calling on Metalheads throughout the globe
to rally together under the banner of pure fucking Metal! Only together can we wipe out the assholes and
wimps who get in our way!
"United by Metal we'll rule the world, it is our destiny," so it says in Scepter's classic anthem "Feel the Steel". Scepter
feels that labelling themselves as just pure "Thrash", "death", "black", etc... would be inaccurate as they have been influenced
by all those styles as well as many 70's and 80's hard rock/Heavy Metal bands. Simply METAL will suffice for
So remember, there's only two kinds of people on this planet: Metalheads... and everyone else!
Parents, poseurs, preachers cops and teachers back at school - BEWARE! For our eternity of
Metal Supremacy is at hand!
Watch out for a full length album from Scepter in the new future entitled "I'm going to hell". It promises to be Metal of the purest sense.
The CD "Metal Supremacy" is available from the band at $7.00. True Metal is back.
Scepter, P.O.Box 388068, Chicago, IL 60638-8068, U.S.A.
PLUGS & LINKS
Endemoniada 'Zine: http://www.angelfire.com/ny3/ENDEMONIADA/
Belgian Metal News: http://users.pandora.be/still.online/
War Records, SA Metal: http://come.to/warrecords
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