The Healing Cancer #3

The Healing Cancer #3 / 1:30 / 56M / diseased@diseasedrecords.com /I picked this up when MC Homeless stopped back in Kent. The Healing Cancer is a zine that absolutely loves its interviews, which constitute about 90% of the material in this issue. A number of foreign acts are given time that they would not normally have in an issue, and The Healing Cancer seems to bounce between rap, hardcore, and metal. What is probably the strongest piece of the zine comes toward the end, where a sustained discussion on anarchism is reprinted in toto, and a number of different vegan-friendly recipes end the issue. The interview with Toetag Pictures provides what I feel to be the most interesting interview of this issue, as it breaks free of the music focus and gets into the mind of a horror movie producer / special effects person. This is not like the vast majority of black and white, small print run zines in that the layout is eye-popping with each and every piece. A bevy of different fonts, sharp contrast, and other visual distractions make this magazine into a total package. Other issues would do well to break up the different sections of the magazine and reduce the reliance on interviews. What might make this zine a little bit stronger is if there are feature pieces as well as interviews in subsequent issues of this zine. That said, I sincerely hope The Healing Cancer continues for years. It is well-written, spell checked, and features acts that have not gotten any popular acclaim.Rating: 6.8/10

Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University.

I have been the editor at NeuFutur / neufutur.com since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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