UPHEAVAL #13: $4, 11” x 8½”, copied, 34 pgs.

Mixed bag with this one—I want to like it a lot more than I do. To his credit, it’s abundantly clear that Crusty Craig’s brimming with enthusiasm for hardcore and punk, and he does a hell of a lot of work here exposing us punks in the States to a lot of international bands. The layout, while sloppy, clearly took some time. (There’s an extensive review section here. It actually makes up most of the zine, and the guy took the time to Xerox and include every single band’s logo in their respective review.) And judging from his intro, the guy’s faced some definite adversity in regards to putting out the zine. In that regard, kudos. Still, the writing is rough around the edges to say the least. It’s riddled with typos, repetitive, and generally coming across as first, quick drafts. An email interview with Indonesia’s Hellowar, Boston’s Malazar, and the guy from Slimy Cunt And The Fist Fucks espousing lame one-liner clichés didn’t do much to salvage this issue. Worth it if you’re into getting exposed to some non-U.S. hardcore bands, but the aesthetic and writing itself has a lot of room for improvement. –Keith Rosson ([email protected])