Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Aug 2017 Issue

Hello to all the readers I hope everything has been well. I decided to actually get it together and release this issue on time for once. I will begin working on the September-December issues very soon, but here is the August 2017 issue of the zine.

                       Aug Issue  "Observation of Richi Jones playing Baker Street"

  I recently stumbled upon this video while I was listening to the original version that was recorded by "Gerry Rafferty". The scenario in this video is of a young man named Richi Jones playing this song at what looks like a corporate awards dinner. I wanted to point out a few things I noticed in this video. One: the kid plays his heart out to an audience who could care less. Two: the soullessness of the crowd can be depicted right off bat. It's just another company dinner with corporate cronies who probably hate each other and are making mindless small talk, having nothing in common except using each other for their own greedy gains. I could be just digging deep on that one and jumping to conclusions, but I've worked company dinner events and that scenario isn't far from the truth. Third: Richi stops in between to take a drink and no even realizes that he's stopped. The look on his face is that of someone who can tell no one is even bothering to listen maybe with the exception of whoever filmed this. Lastly: after he finishes playing the last note not one person claps, cheers, or even boos. It's gives you the distinction that they don't even realize he exists or that he's talented. The video fits with the sadness of the original song's message and shows talent and genius falling on the deaf ears of the masses. I hope Richi gets to play to an audience who actually appreciates him. A few fun facts about the song that are almost as crazy. The original musician who played the memorable sax solo on the original recording "Raphael Ravenscroft" was paid a mere £27( 34 us dollars). He never received any other royalties for the song and the check he originally received bounced. While "Gerry Rafferty" literally made a million a year on the songs royalties even until his death. While both Rafferty and Ravenscroft have passed away since the legacy of this song continues to live to this day.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

July 2017 Issue

                                           July Issue "Pure Moods" Soundtrack

  Pure Moods is a soundtrack which showcases various artists from the nineties new age, ambient , and electronic movements i.e: Enigma, Enya, Mike Oldfield, Dj Dabo, Mark Isham and more. The perfect collection to listen to when wanting to relax and needing to take a break from the chaotic world. There are definitely songs on here that people are more than  familiar with such as Enigma's "Return to Innocence" and "Sadness Pt 1", Enya's "Orinoco Flow" and "Tubular Bells Part 1" the classic piece used for the Exorcist. DJ Dabo does an excellent job at recreating the famous theme from "The X-Files" and I also enjoyed the Native American themed track entitled "Yeha-Noha (Wishes of Happiness & Prosperity)."This music is ageless and in my personal opinion can be enjoyed by people of all ages. If you find a copy I suggest picking it up and absorbing the sounds of peace and harmony.

June 2017 Issue

To all the readers. I had a busy week and didn't get the chance to post this until now. So here is the June Issue and I'll post the July issue as well. Enjoy..

                                June Issue: Peter Sotos "Buyers Market" Review

  Peter Sotos the man who some call the modern day Marquis De Sade is a writer and musician. He is best known for his work in the band Whitehouse and was formerly a writer for the Pure magazine. This is the 1992 first album released under his own name and this is everything that vile nightmares are made of. Compiling a collage of samples from parents, law enforcement, and victims of sex crimes there is nothing musical about this album at all. This is more like an audio book per say and I  think adding some type of noise or sounds under the samples would have given it some more dynamic i.e. Nicole 12. What it doesn't provide in sound it does provide in mentally scaring the listener. I've read, watched and listened to a lot of extreme things, but this one definitely trumps over all of it, maybe with the exception of "The Serbian Film". From what I've read on Sotos himself his writings were a way for him to put himself in the shoes of serial killers and sexual predators more like a sick twisted fantasy. Sotos himself has a history of weird sexual fantasies and was convinced of possessing child pornography back in 1986. In one way I like how he points out the media's exploitation concerning victims of sexual abuse. As they basically are looking for a story and not concerned with the victims well being as well as exposing people who used the scenarios of sexual abuse to their advantage when they aren't actually victims. This just adds more emphasis to things that were and have been going on for far to long and need to stop. So while some might see this as sick, twisted, and perverse(I honestly can't blame them.) I think the truth behind it is something that shouldn't be ignored. Now this release is definitely not for everyone and if you don't have a strong constitution I recommend not  listening to it. I personally was almost in tears especially on the clip of a girl crying "Mommy Mommy I want my Mommy". I listened and wrote this review after recently discovering Sotos, but I'm honestly not sure if I'll ever listen to this again.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

May 2017 Issue

Now here is the May issue:

UxDxSx "Too Fast for love" EP

  A lot of newer grind to me is not very impressive, but I recentely was introduced to Coopenhagen Denmark's UxDxSx through my friend Ed from Sparse. This four piece goregrind outfit knows how to make an impression with their debut "Too Fast For Love"(yes the same name as the Motley Crue debut, but on a whole other spectrum).  This album has all the makings of a good grind release punky grooves, merciless blasts, catchy guitar riffs, and various vocal types that dominate the nine original tracks on this album. The band takes a stab at some covers on this album as well. Their renditions of Rabid Dogs "Mangled" and Turbonegros "Denim Demon" are executed very well in my opinon. The biggest thing that caught my attention was the composition of the songs and the recording quality. I hate the attitude that a recording needs to have horrible sound quality to be consider true grind. I like being able to hear the instruments and vocals clearly  with being able to distinguish what's all happening. Definitely a release I recommend checking out.


April 2017 Issue

 Hello readers I have been extensively busy the past few months,but I haven't forgotten you.

Here is the April issue:

The Haxan Cloak "Excavation" LP Review

 I stumbled upon "The Haxan Cloak" by chance after hearing  the bands music on a you tube video. I decided to go further and checked out the album entitled "Excavation." Composer and sole performer Bobby Krlic does a great job of taking the listener away to the dark realms of the human mind. Ominous synth lines mixed with heavy bass drops gives the album a more hypnotic feel and you can't help but become lost within the sounds. The uneasy sound glitches and various samples give the album a dark uneasy feel too it. Like the killer waits in the shadows as you wander the dark corridors of the maze. Manipulated field recordings give the album a silent hill sort of feel as it creeps up on you when least expected. The sparse melody lines definitely help ease the tension of the more darker sections of the music.  I recommend listening to this one with the lights off to get the real dark feel for it.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

March Issue "Apocalyptic Noise Syndicate History"

I apologize for the March issue being late. This past month has been a very busy one for me. I decided for this issue to post the official history of my main musical endeavor "Apocalyptic Noise Syndicate". Enjoy readers..

March 2017 Issue:

  Since the beginning of this year I've been thinking a lot about the music.I've made in the past and the current music I'm currently working on. I've been involved in a lot of bands and projects over the years. Recently though, I haven't had the opportunity to give a lot of interviews or have band bios and pages like I did in the past. So I decided for this issue to go into brief detail on my main endeavor Apocalyptic Noise Syndicate, for anyone who is curious. Since there really isn't a lot of information about the band as a whole, I wanted to set things straight about the bands history. I formed the band in the winter of 2013 along with brothers Justin(drums) and Josh(guitar) Williams after the demise of Justin and I's other band Panspermia. We would play our first show at the Pre INC Fest in Jacksonville in January of 2014. The lineup would change several times.Josh left the band and I would take over the guitars and do vocals. Justin left after a time and I enlisted the help of my friend and former Panspermia band mate Dave Carrin(drums). I decided to move to Houston Texas in 2016 and would join forces with Frank(drums) and Seattle(vocals) of Cryptic Void and Turbokrieg. After jamming a few short months we would play our first gig with PLF,DOME, Battle Rifle, and Turbokrieg. Carlos(bass) formerly of Dethroned, would join the band later in the year making the first complete lineup. Seattle left the band in early 2017 and we have decided to stay a three piece for the time being. We've played a decent amount of shows and have a impressive collection of releases. Our music ranges from noisecore on the earlier material, grindcore for the middle and current period, and we've even done a few experimental electronic releases as well.

Most of these releases can be found and ordered from me directly at: 


Apocalyptic Noise Syndicate in 2017 are:

Joe-guitar/vocals (2013-present)

Frank-drums (2016-present)



Justin-drums/vocals/samples( 2013-2015, 2016)

Dave-drums (2015-2016)



Gory Maiden (Comp Release)

Split with Gangrene DIscharge(net release)

Split with Bowel Rot(Regrugitated Stoma Stew Productions)

Death Orchestrations and Apocalyptic Hymns( Exalted Woe Records)

3 way split with Enterrohagia and Chamber of Tapeworms(Regrugitated Stoma Stew Productions)

Split with Guinea Pig(Regrugitated Stoma Stew Productions)

Split with Corvid Canine(Abstract Orchestrations)

Split with MDFL(Abstract Orchestrations)

Split with Los Reyesz Bong Death(Abstract Orchestrations)

4 way elecronic split with Undocumented Dweller, Garsnorkskish Vrendipular and Aesthetic Alien Agenda

Cute and Cuddly Kittens vs Apocalyptic Noise Syndicate split(net release)

Coming Soon:

Split with Nibiru

Split with Aputasos and Negative Graves (Kitchen Vomit Records)

To end this off I want to thank anyone who has supported us and anyone that has helped us along the way. It will never be forgotten and is much appreciated. See you guys soon.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Feb 2017 Issue

Hello readers,

Here is the newest issue of the zine. Enjoy!!

                                  Feb 2017 Issue "The Iron" by Henry Rollins:

  I decided for this month's issue to tackle an article that I read sometime last year by musician and writer Henry Rollins. I knew that Rollins was definitely into fitness by his impressive physique, but I didn't know much on the back story of it. I dived into the article and found out that in his youth through the help of his advisor Mr.Pepperman. Mr. Pepperman would show him the ropes on working out by showing him 10  different weight lifting exercises to help build his physique. These exercises didn't only help build his physical appearance, but also helped build his mental and emotional character as well. I became interested in working out in 2011, but honestly didn't take it seriously until about a year ago when I moved to Texas. I started to research and went full force into it. Learning a lot and still learning even now! The benefits and discipline the iron has taught me has helped shape me into a better person and taught me a lot about life as well. When something seems like it can't be done you have to get back up, try again, and work hard at it. When I first read the article tears almost came to my eyes because the scenario of Rollins' youth reminded me a lot like my own minus the fact that I wasn't as lucky to have an advisor like Mr.Pepperman to help me along the way. I had to carry my own and with my own dedication and drive I've taken myself to places I never thought I would be. For me it isn't about posing in the mirror and a social scene, fitness for me has helped me feel better as a person by achieving what I thought I could never even do. I often like to work out alone with no music just myself, the weights, and solitude. It helps me clear my mind and gets in me in the mode for the workout that awaits. I've applied the training and discipline to my everyday life and other obstacles and its definitely been the biggest benefit that I've ever known. I've been through both aspects: from not training to partying and not taking care of myself to training and taking care of myself through strengthening of the health, mind, body, and soul. I will take the latter always and continue to become, as Elliot Hulse says, "The Strongest Version of Yourself".

I'm going to attach a video that has the complete narration of the full article for you to hear.