Chromium Dioxide (Fanzine)
Issue #1 (Book Review)
Released: 2009, 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.
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.
This is more of a metal lifestyle magazine than a strictly metal mag. Don’t get scared away, it is full-on metal and those concepts and principles of our beloved genres are present in all the articles. It has it all, horror movies, discussions of metal videos, metal mascots, heavy metal crossword puzzles, and so much more, liberally soaked in alcohol. The art is fantastic as well, great characters! There is a heavy 80’s vibe to the writing, with many, in-jokes from movies, commercial and games (“We’ve got bush!”) and much more. I laughed out loud many times at the clever ideas that worship metal but also poke fun at some of the lighter sides of the genre. It’s certainly adult in tone and there might be more than one dirty word or some PG-13 artwork. This all just adds to the appeal.
For the metal purists the founders certainly know the material, CD reviews of many obscure thrash gems, interviews with dudes from bands that almost everyone has forgotten. I mean, an interview with Uwe Hoffman from Talon? Where the hell that come from? Didn’t see that one coming! It’s informative, entertaining, well-written, hilarious, awesome to look at and currently the only metal magazine that I buy.
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.