Released: 2010, n/a
I’ve been looking for some Metal reading. Something to fill the void after Canada’s BW&BK magazine folded. Maybe something a little less corporate, a little more fun…and lo and behold my salvation has arrived. Chromium Dioxide is the creation of a couple of full-on Metal dudes from Toronto, Canada. I’ve decided to do a quick review each issue as they come out to support this great mag.
Let’s get some of the technical detail out of the way. This fanzine is presented in comic book format, full colour cover, glossy, nice paper-stock as well as cool, layout and design, it’s pretty damn professional for a fanzine. It is well worth the price. However, as we all know, content is king and you can have the prettiest magazine in the world, and it will still suck; like the magazines for the sheep, GQ, People, Time, Spin, Rolling Stone, US etc. Luckily for the rest of us wolves there is now Chromium Dioxide.
Issue #2 has a ‘Back To School’ feature with lists and hilarious commentary on videos, books and songs on the topic. Interviews include Kate from Belgian thrashers Acid, as well as interviews with Sacrifice and First Stryke. There is a feature on Aaarrg Records, a comedic exposure on the sexuality of the band Accept (all in good fun) and a hilarious guilty Pleasures Section.
Also is the fun ‘n’ games section with metal word-search, metal maze and metal crossword puzzle, this issue theme being Swedish Metal! Sprinkled through the issue are comics, cartoons, and tons of crude humour.
Top it all off with lots of reviews of bands new and old, label spotlights on Pure Metal and Britain’s Heavy Metal Records and more. The ‘Shitty Album Covers’ section has to be seen to be believed!
Editors Note: CHROMIUM DIOXIDE is best consumed while wearing denim & leather, drinking cheap beer and cranking an obscure thrash album that was released between 1985 and 1989.