After some time, being bombarded with notifications from Bandcamp, I’ve managed to have a look to see what’s new there, as I am following not a few labels and artists there.
I have a confession to make. I’ve had the opportunity to listen to this debut album of Bathyum when it was released back in February 2016 and I was like …yeah, this album rules, I will review it!
When I’ve decided to change my playlist for a moment and was looking for some good thrash metal from the UK, I’d encounter quite a few bands no longer existing. Shame, but I guess that’s life.
Dark clouds over the horizon, rain is coming soon and what’s better to mess your day even more, than to get some good disturbing HNW in your player. Especially some long time sold out, hard to find, limited stuff.Do you agree? Yes? Of course, you do.
A underground music fanzine done the old school way, yay! Well, this Scottish zine is little old, being published in November 2017, but if you live in the underground circles at least for some short time you’ve already learnt that time doesn’t mean much…and stuff can be timeless.
No kidding, this has to be one of the shortest splits I have come to have! 9 songs in total 3:53, that’s just f*ckin’ insane, people!
I have to admit, until recently I haven‘t been a comics reader. Of course, I have been aware of so many great titles, and I was never rejecting them, just not being an avid reader or actively looking for them. As a kid in a commie regime, we haven’t had much possibilities to get our hands on comics books, save some regime-approved titles (but those were sooo damn great, to say the least). But as for classics as a Western reader knows them, nope. Nada. Unless you’ve had some connections, then you were able to get a copy of French magazine Pif! which published comics stories (but who knew French, right?). So my love for graphic novels has to be postponed.
I am an avid reader, there’s no doubt about it. From the labels on the disinfectants to big tomes of ancient knowledge, I read basically everything. But there is one thing I like the most – zines. Professional looking, with glossy papers, or crude work of cut’n’paste fashion, there are millions of interesting titles and lot of information one could fill their minds from. Apart from music-oriented publications (and, as mentioned above, books of any genre), I love to collect and peruse movie-related zines and magazines, and because just recently I was able to get a first issue (I’ve already had the second, and the last issue) of short-lived, but very interesting, British magazine DIABOLIK, I wanted to know those responsible for this nice publication.
After a little searching and messaging, I’ve found the “culprit” and I am thankful for Mr. Jay Slater to give me some of his time to answer a few questions.
With this movie review I‘d like to introduce a sub-section of a review section, which I‘ve gloriously dubbed (if only in my mind) „Love offspring of John McClane“, in other words, we‘re gonna deal with – you‘ve guessed it – Die Hard rip offs and clones. Not exactly a novelty, but fuck that, I am not alone liking Die Hard, am I? And if one checks sources for a minute, he/she can find literally a pile of movies trying hard to emulate the winning formula of famous Bruce Willis movie series.
I’ve heard the name of Fu-Manchu as a child, but as I had no means to know what the hell is that one about (talk about the availability of pulp literature under the Commies in Czechoslovakia during 1980s), it was only later in my life that I encountered the dreaded Chinese villain.
Only recently I have decided to ease my mind with some good ole pulp stories. I already have some (all?) Fu-Manchu movies in my movie collections (although I haven’t actually watched any of them, believe it or not), so the choice was quite clear.
To my pleasant surprise, I haven’t needed to browse the lists of second-hand dealers with pricy first edition copies, as UK publisher Titan Books has published – not so long ago, in 2012 – this first part of the complete Fu-Manchu series by Sax Rohmer. Talk about bookworm’s delight!
All 14 paperbacks have basically the same cover except the colour of the curtains and the illustration within them are different from one volume to another, and this creates a nice feel of a compact set one can’t help but get to his library. My fate exactly.
Now, for those of you who haven’t encountered this famous pulp fiction, let’s be brief. The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu introduces the aforementioned Chinese genius villain – compared to whom Professor Moriarty of Sherlock Holmes fame would be a mere apprentice – and two (well, three) of the main characters, Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie, who do slightly resemble Doyle’s characters, and Karamaneh, the Oriental slave of Fu-Manchu turned Dr. Petrie’s helper (and, later, his wife).
The story is exactly what the pulp stories are. Straight to the point, no need to bore the reader with a myriads of characters (hello, Mr. Martin!) and gazillions of descriptions. The villain strikes (or is posing to strike) and our heroes run like hell to save the day and the whole White race from the Yellow Peril.
Yes, dear readers, this is a beginning of 20. century and nobody gives a damn about any political correctness. Far from being an offensive read, on the contrary, this novel provides an exact quasi-detailed look into the minds and enviroments of Britain in the dawn of the new era, and the reader is advised to have this in mind when reading this (and following) stories.
If you want to just relax with a great, gripping story and you are already familiar with the resident of Baker Street 221b (and who doesn’t, right?), you can’t go wrong with Smith & Petrie chasing Chinese arch-criminal.
Kudos to Titan Books for bringing these Rohmer’s stories back to print for a modern reader, and as for availability, you should grab them easily either from Titan Books web or from your local Amazon.