DON’T BE SWINDLE #1: $4, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, 44 pgs.

Off to a good start here. You can tell the people involved are really into the music they cover, which is mostly on the grind and thrash (fastcore) side. Seems their aim is to become a resource for all things under those mentioned genres. You get columns, music and show reviews, and interviews. Bands questioned are Hummingbird Of Death, ACXDC, Looking For An Answer (this band has been around for a long time!), and a very interesting conversation with Eric Wood of Bastard Noise. He shows a slightly different side than what I’ve read in the past. Some of the Q&As are a little light, and sort of general. I hope in future installments they ask more specific and deeper questions from the bands or individuals. These artists sing about some heavy stuff, so why not ask questions to get more out of them? The layout is tight and clean, and they pack quite a bit into the small format of this publication. They even have a podcast! Whoa! –M.Avrg (To Live A Lie, tolivealie.com)