Moonlight Shadows – Your Darkest Reading Magazine #2
Interviews with: Septic Flesh, Weltschmertz, Funeral Procession, Sense Of Loss, Gothica, Daemonia Nymphe, Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio, Arcana, Whispering Gallery, Nightfall, While Heaven Wept, Antimatter.
(Although this magazine is only about music, I would mention here “Alphabet Of A Pessimist” part as a kind of abstract for this original initiative – who knows maybe a beginning for something more interesting here?)
Reviews: 68 album/demo releases reviews, Seelenschmertz Festival review, 15 other magazines reviews, Special Review Corner.
Good grey layout, 50 A4 prof. printed pages, color cover.
Writer contact: John Zikos.
* Moonlight Shadows #2 April 2004
* Extreme Metal / Dark / Ambient content all in English.
* Significance: Plentiful, hi quality dark reading (with a very personal touch) indeed.
This magazine is a piece of art in a way as a musician\’s release is too. Some are gifted in a way and some in other. Without doubt some are not just writing about music but they truly live thru it, love it, and not afraid to expose their most intimate, inner feelings that have been experienced thru it.
I find this release a kind of a journey into deepest and darkest thoughts of the sole person behind it. By reading the magazine we are transparently transposed into a world of dark feelings and melancholia that contours a lost soul into the tenebrous firmaments of this capricious dimension called life.
Leaving apart the personal aura that surrounds this release, there can be found a lot of good interviews, balanced in length and content. They provide a lot of information derived from good questions and good answers (*). I can recommend almost all of them. A minus part, there are also some shorter interviews or not that remarkable. This mainly because the interviewed one and also because of the interviewer/editor that wanted to include the unsuccessful interview in the magazine (I am referring to Antimatter and Nightfall) – there is no point to add an interview just because the band is big. I am strongly discouraging such practice, there is no benefit for bands and readers and the space can be used better. Speaking about wasted space, here are little advertising space used and that\’s a good aspect.
The reviews part is interesting; the critics are descriptive giving a good hint about the products. There are separate reviews parts for releases that are most important for MS (top albums), review part for other CDs and demos, all about 68 reviews, another 15 reviews about other magazines – impressive. The last part of the reviews and of the magazine is dedicated to special reviews corner and finally other kind of most important albums (older and newer) of the editor: Ordo R. E., Arcana, Of The Wand And The Moon, Raison D’etre … indeed great bands of their genre.
There is no news part which is also a good point and a hint that shows the long time it takes for a magazine to see the light. Instead of this space there is a good proposal: \”Olds\” corner that is promoting small labels.
Another original part of the magazine is the “Alphabet Of A Pessimist” but shame that the words are not explained by some means, so this part of the magazine can turn into even a more interesting one.
I really hope John will find that “companion in life, someone to trust and believe in” I think time is healing wounds so do not loose hope…
Long live Moonlight Shadows!
(*) Answers from (and I am not doubtful in saying that) a part (the rest is us) of one of the most integral and with great personal visions upon world and life (read open minded and intelligent) people of this planet. You have to read the interviews and you will escape the tentacles of prejudice regarding bands and their works, I think this is the big achievement of an interview and magazines like this.
Copyright: CS / Ancient Beliefs 2005.