In a period
where webzines seem to have replaced the old paper (maga)zines, we are
quite glad to inform you about the recent birth a new paper magazine
from Denmark, where a few ex-members of Metalized magazine flowed into,
and which is also preparing the 2nd issue; this is the proof of the
theory we always sustained that both of the media can coexist in an
effective symbiosis, just like newpapers do in the core of the Internet
As a matter of fact, a paper issue is better if you want to deepen the
knowledge of a specific topic (similarly to the comments about a band's
latest CD), whereas somebody online usually prefers to exploit the opportunity
of reading brand-new pieces of news - often almost realtime - but doesn't
have sufficient time or concentration to deepen a topic as there's too
much to choose from. That said, here are the verbatim words from the
proud and worthy Danish journalist...
-HELL-o Bo, first off, why do you say that you weren't free enough at
Metalized? You were the editor...What kind of pressures did you get?
Greetings Markus! To put a long story short: I enjoyed my time at Metalized
Magazine and learned a lot during the seven years I worked for them.
Metalized existed for 17 years with a total of 49 issues published and
featured interviews from ½ a page to 2 pages a piece. I wanted new challenges
in life as well as being able to present longer interviews than what
was possible in Metalized. I think it’s a damn shame to make a great
interview with a band and not being able to present the story as a whole.
So I decided to quit Metalized and bring Evilution Magazine to life
-How many hours does Evilution take you a day/a week? Do you study or
have a main job?
I spend aprox. 3-5 hours per day answering mails, arranging interviews,
talking to distros and labels, etc. Besides that I spend many hours
writing reviews and interviews, preparing interviews as well as conducting
them. I work as a freelance journalist writing about metal for various
music-magazines but Evilution Magazine is my life and priority. I am
currently looking into the possibility of going back to continue the
study at university and will hopefully work out a schedule to make it
-What were the main difficulties before starting the mag? Did it go
as you planned or were some interviews discarded as you weren't satisfied,
or the relevant answers just arrived too late?
It was quite easy starting Evilution as most of the labels already knew
me from Metalized. The hardest part was actually getting the wetsite
ready. We had some bad experiences with the first persons in charge
of the website. We could not agree on the design and it took them forever
to make anything work. Then Jester came along and he got it all running
in a few weeks. After that, the labels we were in contact with could
see we were in business and the promo-packages and interview opportunities
started coming. Everything went as planned from that point on. We had
approx. 25 interviews ready for #1 but room for only 14 in the mag.
The remaining interviews can be found on our website. I have not rejected
any interviews yet and I do not expect to ever do that. We all agree
on the concept of the magazine and work for a common cause – and I think
that is obvious in the writings.
-Are your contributors from Metalized or where? You wanna introduce'em
Sure thing. Oliver ‘Misereion’ Holm used to write for Metalized Magazine
and I wanted him to be part of Evilution from the second the idea of
doing the magazine was born. He plays drums in a death metal band and
also writes for Zero Tolerance Magazine. He is our death metal journalist
and has a big part in the making of Evilution Magazine. Mikkel Putzek
is vocalist and guitarist in Whelm. He wrote some reviews for Metalized
during the final days but they were never published. He writes about
doom metal as well as acts like Neurosis, Cult Of Luna and Isis. He
is also our webmaster. Jonas Manley plays in Die Weiße Rose and he’s
our neo-folk and industrial journalist. Jester is doing the layout of
the magazine as well as writing about death metal and hardcore. He also
designed our website. We also have some guestwriters and they are: Ustumallagam,
the vocalist of Denial Of God and graverobbing editor of Tornado Magazine.
Svest from Forlis, Vornoff and Sagntid also contributes with reviews
and interviews and in #2 they will be joined by Azter of Denial Of God,
Victimizer and Horror Records and J. Killhailer of Victimizer, Crucifix,
Opus Obscurium and Church Bizarre.
-Are you looking for new pro-bono collaborators ?
Not at the moment. We're 5 regular writers and 4 guestwriters at the
moment and in my opinion the best staff I could wish for. There's no
need to fix what’s not broken.
-Do you Bo prefer to run an intie over the phone or rushing one face
to face offstage after a show?
I prefer phone interviews. It’s always fun to meet people and do
interviews at a show but musicians tend to be less focused at interviews
during a tour than at home over the phone. There’s no beer, fans, tight
schedule, etc. to distract them like on tour and they can take their
time to answer the questions without a lot of various stuff taking away
-What does Evilution have different from other zines and what are you
gonna improve on your next issues?
We feature interviews which focus on the bands as a whole – not just
about the latest album, who produced it, etc. We do not succumb to what
is trendy. We only feature bands we like and we will feature them regardless
of political and religious beliefs. There is no censorship in Evilution
Magazine. We write what people say, even though we might not agree.
There is no limit for how long an interview might be. The 11-page Darkthrone
feature in #1 might give you an idea of that. Jester will improve
some of the layout and in the future we will present magazines that
are gonna be even better than #1. This is only the beginning.
-Denmark is a small country which was the birthplace for several important
bands, nevertheless when I visited it in 1999 they told me that Metal
wasn't in a good shape any longer. What's the situation like now?
Pretty much the same. We have a new generation of bands with success
outside Denmark and there’s a lot of great bands on the way. There’s
also some new small metal-festivals as well as some new venues contributing
with gigs, but the small attendance at a lot of the gigs show that the
scene is in bad shape in Denmark.
-I found on your first issue that you didn't interview Danish bands
but most Norwegian ones even if there're several high-quality ones around
and in your homeland too. Why? Is it an effort to spread Evilution throughout
the rest of Scandinavia or just that most of your fav bands are from
Norway and other countries?
No, that’s a pure coincidence. Norway has a very strong scene but so
does Sweden and Denmark. There were a lot of great Norwegian releases
when we put #1 together and that’s why. There will be a couple of Norwegian
bands in #2 but also a couple of Swedish bands as well as Strychnos
-What about the competitions? D'they get a good response and are you
planning some more on your site?
Yeah, we got a good response from the competitions and we will definitely
do some more for the future. I’m not sure about #2 yet, that is still
in the planning, but there will be competitions in future for sure.
-What further plans for the 2nd issue and when is it to be on sale?
We are currently busy with #2 and I hope for a November release. We
will feature Nunslaughter, Death SS, Arcturus, Watain, Strychnos, Hemnur
and Grave among others as well as one of my all-time favorites as the
exclusive cover-story. But that will not be unveiled before #2 has gone
-If anybody wished to buy your 1st issue, can they still write to you
or is it already out of print?
#1 is still available and you can either buy it from me or one of our
distributors which can be found in the Distribution section of www.evilutionmagazine.com
But it’s only a matter
of time before it’s sold out so do not hesitate to order before it’s
-Thanks for the intie. Feel free to add as much as you desire to our
Thank you for this interview and your support! Distros interested in
distributing Evilution can contact me at email@example.com
for wholesale prices. Support
the underground, keep the Black Flame burning!
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - Sep