Zine Review: Uncut Reality #1 / 2018
66 pages of grindcore and noisecore madness in this new fanzine from Serbia
Another brand new publication to show the DIY punk community that this not just about the music… it could be also totally anti-music!
Uncut Reality‘s debut issue is a 66-page zine from Serbia dedicated to the international noisecore, gore and grindcore scene. The author, Žarko, goes on to say that he used to do another zine called Metempsychosis in the past. A resurgence of DIY printed publications from all over the globe is what inspired him to start a new fanzine with a focus on scenes that are so underground that you barely get any information about those kinds of bands and genres.
The featured interviews include both long time veterans and newer artists in the international noise-not-music scene. These include CSMD (Holland), Dahmer (Quebec, Canada), Denak (Spain), Harsh Supplement (Ottawa, Canada), Atrofia Cerebral / Audicion Irritable (Peru), Modorra (Sweden), Nihilist Commando / Noise Waste (Finland), and a huge one with Tumor (Germany).
There’s also an interview with Ivan of Fuck Yoga Records from Macedonia. This was especially interesting to read, since I know the guy and he is fucking ridiculously productive. Currently, Ivan plays in Goli Deca, Transhunter, Can Dance, and Vkozuren, in addition to releasing some obscure underground music and touring three times (2010, 2012, and 2018) with Japanese freaks Sete Star Sept.
Besides the band interviews, there are also band and record label bios with their respective discographies and contact information. It’s really what old-school photocopied zines used to be like! I also pretty much enjoyed the festival reports from Grindmare (an annual DIY grindcore / noisecore festival in Thessaloníki, Greece) and Optimalinija Kaos Panonia (grind / noise festival in Novi Sad, Serbia). I really like reading festival reports in fanzines and if I didn’t have read about them, I wouldn’t be able to visit various DIY festivals in several countries. So I would like to see more festival reports in the next issues, and in other zines in general.
The last pages of the zine are brimmed with shitloads of reviews: grindcore, noisecore, harsh noise, experimental, and a little bit of crust & d-beat. Honestly, I knew only a few of those bands reviewed on here.
On the creative side of things, there isn’t much anything going on here. It’s just a plain digital text with pixelated photos and band logos. I guess, the band interviews have been just copied and pasted without any editing. You know, there’s a different formatting style and a lot of typos everywhere. But I don’t think anyone cares about that anyway.
Get in touch with Žarko through bloody_psychotic_disease AT yahoo DOT com if you want a copy of his zine. This is a real underground fanzine covering some of the most extreme and terrible noise out there. If you like noisecore, you should check this out!