Like many other hardcore punk records, Reflections Records started as a zine. As a matter of fact they still keep “Words | Music” in their logo, but 5 years after they released their last zine they finally published early this year again something to read: HRVST.

HRVST is a collection of writings and art of 166 pages based on a certain topic by people involved in the punk scene. For this first issue the topic of “death” was chosen. An interesting topic which could lead to a lot of great stories, but to be honest it is a bit too much hit or miss. Other stories avoid the subject a bit like the story by Rob Moran (Unbroken, Narrows) who writes about the band Death, which is still cool, but also a bit too easy. James McDonough (Titan) tries a bit too hard to be literary, which is intelligent and nice, but also feels a bit pretentious. Also the story about the girl in London who wants to be like Kate Moss and her trendy drug friends is too pretentious, it reads like Jack Kerouac or Bukowski wannabee story without cynicism.

Still when the people get into it and write from the heart it gets really good. I really like the poetic but nihilistic stories by Eugene S. Robinson (Oxbow), Nick Sadler (Daughters) and Wes Eishold (American Nightmare, Cold Cave). Still my favorite contribution is the one by one of the two editors of the book Hendrik Thiele about suicide. His personal story is maybe not the best, but really intense and heartbreaking. Also the stories by Chris Colohan (Left For Dead), Chuck Ragan, Rob Sullivan (Ruiner), Chirstin Medaas (Death Is Not Glamorous), Jobst Eggert (Highscore) and Steven (Comadre) about friends or family who passed away are touching. I also liked the art and design contributions, especially the ones by Herr Müller and Alice Martins.

Over all the average quality could have been a bit higher, but still I liked reading it a lot and think it is a really cool project. I’m looking forward to the next issue.


One Response to “HRVST: DEATH”

  1. Thanks a lot, Willem.

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