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TAKE ON YOUR HEROES - issue #5
Editor Richie Dagger starts issue #5 off with his own Top 120 Punk Albums Of All Time, and ends it all with a few pages of reviews, but in between there's the interviews, and Dagger is a good interviewer.

To my surprise THE MUFFS still exist, I thought they called it a day after their 1st rather disapointing album, but three of them are still playing and have their 5th album out now. They're on this issue's cover and there's a 4-page interview too. Dagger also talks to KNIFE FIGHT (who may be a good new HC band actually), the people behind NO IDEA RECORDS, a band called DEEP ENOUGH TO DIE and another called A DAY IN BLACK AND WHITE. The two last ones gave me bad emo-wibes even though I haven't heard them (but I'm 35 and still wearing bondage trousers so almost everything gives me a bad emo-wibe).

Still really well made and interesting and still the only free rag without any ads or corporate sponsorship. If you don't email Richie Dagger and order it you're plain old stupid.

TAKE ON YOUR HEROES ISSUE 5
HORRORSHOW FANZINE ISSUE #3 HORRORSHOW - issue #3
The third issue already, with a fourth planned for April 2005. Good to see a paper zine that doesn't fold after the first or second issue. Again full of skinhead type bands. All in swedish.

There's the origins of MADNESS, interviews with THE SLACKERS, ROYAL STAKEOUT and DOG ALMIGHTY and a few gig-, fanzine- and record reviews. Ok, there's too much ska and soft skate-core and too little oi! and punk in it to suit me, but at least THE SLACKERS had a few things to say despite their choise of music.

While the last issue's guest writer's piece was the worst bit, this time it's the guest writer who does the best job. Stellan of Pissed And Proud fanzine has put together a good piece on why european skinheads should check out the old US hardcore scene. This is all well written and to the point, and very much in the spirit of the Punk / Oi! / Hardcore unity that we hear about all the time but rarely see. Nothing new, but a good introduction to some great bands.

One thing about HORRORSHOW; they seem to be very nice and gentle boys. Swedish skinhead zines in the early days - some 20-25 years ago - always had threats of violence in their editorial along with articles about where to buy brass knuckles and knifes. You know, funny stuff like ''complain about this zine and you'll get a boot in the nuts'' type stuff. I miss that.

This fanzine isn't bad at all, but I'd like to see more punk and oi! in the next issue.

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