VOTA - The Pagan Herald Fanzine

Hail, and welcome to Voice of the Ancients! Now, personally I am not a big fan of the whole internet thing. Well not the internet itself but more the idea of sitting in front of a computer reading (the irony of me sat here writing these reviews not being lost). It seems in this day and age nothing is real anymore. Nothing is physical and you canít hold it in your hands, itís all just numbers floating around in an endless void. It seems that our connection to the world around ushas been severed; we no longer touch books whoís paper came from the trees that inturn came from the earthÖ See where Iím going here?

Iíll stop now as I could ramble on all day. My point is that sometimes you want a physical medium to read your articles and reviews on and thereís a reason why old media has never gone away (well not yet anyway), but if you are anything like me mainstream Heavy Metal magazines just canít offer you what you are looking for. Sure they may serve you well for a two page spread on Emperor but then the rest is filled with bands you dislike, arenít interested in or whose labels have payed for them to be there. So you turn to the internet. There you can pick and choose what you read and come to places like this! It works well but itís not the only option. The humble stalwart of the Heavy Metal Fanzine has been around as long as the genre itself (not to mention itís also the reason the mainstream mags exist) and they are still alive and well today. From photocopied sheets stapled together right up to zines you would swear were professionally produced and wouldnít look out of place on the shelf in WH Smiths.

Today I am going to take a look at the latter. The Pagan Herald is an fantastic, professionally put together and very artistic Zine by Heimdall and Loke. It boasts an extremely well presented layout across 120-130 pages accompanied by beautiful artwork, so itís packed with contents. The true beauty of this Zine though is not just in its purpose for reviews and interviews, but in its look at Pagan culture and history. So from page to page you can find a healthy mix of historical articles, band interviews, philosophical pieces and album reviews. The interviews are in-depth and intelligent, breathing fresh air from the same mindless questions asked in most publications. Here things are well researched and finely executed, and the articles are both interesting and informative; from the dark side of Babylonian theology to essays on the Anglo Saxon epic Beowulf all tied in accordingly alongside interviews with the likes of Agalloch, In The Woods.., Menhir, Obtest, Skyforger and Paysage Díhiever to name a few.

All in all this is a fantastic Magazine and it is well worth supporting the hard work of these two individuals who put such passion and creativity into creating it, of which there are three issues to date. Sadly issue one has long sold out, but you can find it free of charge in PDF format from the website. To support the underground is to support Fanzines like this one. Keep the tradition alive and head over to Pagan Herald to get yourself a copy. You wonít be disappointed.



Artist - Jesters of Destiny
Title - The Sorrows That Refuse to Drown
Label - Ektro

Thirty years after Jesters of Destiny arrived, dropped Fun at the Funeral and disappeared back into the night, theyíre finally back with a second full length release courtesy of Ektro Records, and whilst it could never live up to first album, the eccentricity of the band shines through once more and itís a crazy ride from start to finish. Pick it up on April 4th!


Artist - Hammerfest IX
Date - 23rd- 26th March
Venue - Pwllheli, Wales †

One of our main highlights of the year, this month weíre off to Wales for Hammerfest, HRHís Heavy Metal flagship. With the return of two Power Metal titans alongside a host of others, this year looks to be one of their best ever. Weíll be covering the whole festival