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New music magazines have a history of being here one day, and gone the next. Most usually end up going one of either two ways - not last much longer than a few years (if they're lucky), or proving to be popular and staying the course. One of these that should fall into the latter is new music mag 'Bang'. 'Bang' magazine was launched in March 2003 (about four months ago), and appears to have been a hit. Although I only bought it by chance, it was definitlely a good purchase. I expect some people will not have heard of this magazine - which is fair enough, as it isn't very widely advertised (I've only heard adverts for it on Virgin Radio), but is sold at most newsagents. 'Bang' also uses the slogan 'It's only Rock 'n' Roll', which gives it a bit more identity. The magazine itself is a very typical music mag, containing a good mix of news, reviews, interviews, unique features and loads of pics of people in music. And there are also lots of adverts, mainly for new albums and singles, and for the benefit of specific record companies or record shops (such as HMV). 'Bang' always contains the following sections: - 'Post' (letters page) - 'Accelerator' (containing an interview with a specific band, usually up-and-coming) - 'Juice' (mainly a news section, also containing a diary and some shorter features on things for that month) - 'Reviews' (self-explanatory, but always on singles and albums) - 'Books' (a look at new books, some of which are reviewed) - 'Films' (same section and style as 'Books') - 'Dead Fashion' (a look at a deceased rock icon and their life, especially in music) - 'Rock City Guide' (a feature on a specific band/artist's home town or city, from their point of view) - 'Live' (reviews of recent live gigs) <
br>< br> - 'Strip' (an animated story, always featuring people in music) - 'The Back Door' (a look at a current controversial issue, but done in a satirical way) As well as these, there are always 'Stories' - good, in-depth interviews with 8 different and varied bands/artists, some are quite long, others short, usually no more than about 8-9 pages. and All of this means that there should be something for everyone in 'Bang', and there certainly is plenty to read. For me, the reviews in any music magazine usually make it worth buying (sometimes the only thing). 'Bang' contains plenty of reviews, mainly on albums, which are in alphabetical order. Nearly all album reviews are informative, unbiased and overall are hard to fault. They even tell you 3 things that (supposidly) inspires each band/artist on every individual album. The albums reviewed are also wide-ranging in terms of genres - from chart pop to more experimental styles. And like nearly every music mag I've read, 'Bang' has one 'album of the month', usually highly-rated. That said, there aren't really many singles reviews - a whole section would be good for this. 'Bang' also occasionally gives away something free with every copy. So far, they have given away a CD with one issue, but the current issue features free rock posters, all of currently popular bands. This is a good incentive to buy the magazine, but not essential. As an overall music magazine, 'Bang' is probably one of the best out there at the moment. It is definitely informative, interesting and sometimes hard to fault. Although the overall content is fairly adult-orientated (in every sense of the word), meaning it's not really targetted at young people. But if you like the rock and alternative genres, or just want to buy a fresh new music mag with plenty on offer, then 'Bang' is definitely worth check
'Bang' magazine is one of many music magazines now available, and also one of the newest additions, too. It was launched back in March of this year, and has so far had three issues published, available every month. The magazine is characterised by 'Bang' printed in large red or black lettering on the cover, with one main photo of a band featured. There are no inset photos as on some other music mags, and the details of what/who's featured inside is quite sparse. Inside 'Bang' is pretty much the same as any other magazine available; there are the usual features such as band interviews, readers' letters, music reviews, live music, and also focus on new music. There are also some more specific sections, such as: - 'Accelerator': A guide/introduction to a new band, who are tipped to be big; - 'Juice': mostly contains news on new music, interviews, the Bang readers chart, a diary of noteworthy music events that have taken place this year, and information about live music. - Reviews: which are split into albums, books, and films. Single reviews are only given a small column over two pages. There is also one album given a whole page at the start of the reviews section. - 'Dead Fashion': a small section where Bang looks at the fashion of a deceased rock icon. The back of 'Bang' magazine features the usual array of tour dates, adverts for music-related products, and details about music festivals. There's also music city guides, where a band gives a guided tour of their city of origin. There's also a free CD given away with some issues, with a guide to the tracks featured on there. I first discovered 'Bang' magazine in a local newsagents, and bought a copy as it was only £1 for the first issue, which seemed like good value. After discovering the kind of music that 'Bang' covers - mostly rock/indie/alternative genres - then it m
ade me want to buy the next issue when it came out. Other issues of 'Bang' cost £3.30, which isn't too expensive for a monthly magazine. There's also a 'Bang' magazine website, which largely features the same stuff as the current issue, but it is more interactive than the magazine, because you can post your comments on their message board, and also submit your own reviews of singles and albums, as well as reading this months most important reviews. There's also more up to date news on the site than in the magazine, which is useful. My favourite parts of 'Bang' magazine that I enjoy reading include the reviews section, as I like to keep up to date on new releases; the interviews are always worth reading, especially about the bands you like, but this is no different to any other music mag available; also, the news section ('Juice') is worth reading, and as I mentioned before, has some interesting features like a 'readers' chart', the Diary, and introducing new acts, and other stuff seen in music magazines. There are few sections/features in 'Bang' magazine that I did not read or enjoy reading, but there were a few things that could be improved: one of these would definitely be the singles reviews, as it is reduced to just a couple of columns, when a couple of pages could be devoted to new singles, and also seems to lack detail. There are also no ratings for singles, which could be added, too - the album reviews already have star ratings out of five, but probably need them more anyway. Overall, my curiosity into buying the first edition of 'Bang' maagzine was paid off, as it is a good magazine that covers most of the music I like to listen to. As with most other magazines, it's informative and has plenty of features to read through, and as it only comes out once a month, you don't have to buy lots of editions and it is reasonably priced. If you've nev
er read 'Bang' and enjoy listening to rock/indie music, or are curious to see what kind of bands it covers, then I'd certainly recommend buying an issue.