Thursday, January 3, 2019


Despite the setbacks, 2018 was a pretty good year for Crucial Zine. The CB1 Years collection was arguably the biggest endeavor so far and a sobering reminder of just how far this ship has traveled on the edges of cultural oceans in these ten years

To all readers - old and new - I sincerely thank you from the bottom of my weathered heart for taking the time to flick through these pages and hope that you were at least mildly amused/entertained. 2019 will be an even more exciting year and I would love for you to stick around or join in on the fun (and please tell your friends).

Monday, December 17, 2018


The annual Winter Holiday Special is here! You can read it online or get a hard copy later this week! Totally free, provided you make a donation, anywhere.

Thursday, November 8, 2018


Hard copies of issue 9 are in and are available in two colors – spandex yellow and gamma ray green! Grab a copy before Marvel sues the fuck out of us!

This one has interviews with Mike Park from Asian Man Records and a ton of sweet bands, Cambridge's Beverley Kills, along with articles on growing stronger, alien life and packing records plus all the usual ranting, reviews and other random bits on music, video-games, health and other crucial stuff!

You can get a copy for 2 euros (plus postage) directly from our online shop (where there is also some cool new merch for sale) and it also available through a number of distros and shops. 

- Υπόγα Κ94 distro
- Nothing To Harvest Records distro

- Rhythm Records shop
- Scarecrow Records distro
- Uprising Hardcore distro

 If you (or anyone you know) are interested in spreading the good word, please get in touch!

Friday, November 2, 2018


It literally took a year and a day, but now it's here!

This one has interviews with Mike Park from Asian Man Records and a ton of sweet bands, Cambridge's Beverley Kills, articles on growing stronger, packing records and aliens, plus all the usual ranting, reviews and other cool stuff!

I will sort out layouts to get it printed ASAP, so look out for hard copies hitting all your favorite distros and shops real soon!

Monday, May 21, 2018


Jump into a time machine and relive the late 2000s with the CB1 YEARS collection! This 272-page edition collects the first seven out-of-print issues, from Crucial Zine's initial run in Cambridge, circa 2008-2011, along with bonus and unreleased material.

The collection includes a ton of rants, reviews, articles on cool shit, guides to better yourself and interviews with (in order of appearance) Warzone (reprint), Audacity, X One Way X, Vodka Juniors, ICH, Sam Russo, Setback, Overload, Σκοτεινή Πλευρά, New Town Kings, Youth of Togay, The Tagnuts, The Terrors, Magrudergrind, The Afternoon Gentlemen, The Junk, Propagandhi and Mussels!

Get it directly from us for only 5 euros (plus postage), from our updated online store, yeah?

You can also get it from:

- Aaahh!!! Real Records
- Nothing To Harvest Records
- Rhythm Records
- Scarecrow Records
- Scull Crasher Records
- Uprising Hardcore Distro
- Υπόγα Κ94 Distro

Distros, shops etc, please get in touch if you would like to stock this.

Saturday, May 12, 2018


The "CB1 Years" collection has been sent to the printers and will be ready in time for the ATHENS ZINE FESTIVAL on the 19th of May. Come pick up a fresh copy and say hi!

Sunday, January 21, 2018



It’s been a while since the last proper update, so here’s the latest:

There are only a handful of hard copies from issue 8 and the Winter Holiday Special, so get in touch if you want either of them. There won’t get reprinted any time soon.

I have started working on issue 9 and (as always) I am seeking for collaborators. If you dig hardcore, have a sense of humor and are good at anything – from writing and drawing, to knitting and sciencing – give me a shout. I aim to have it ready in March, so expect mini updates along the way.

One *major* change will be that from now on, hard-copies of the zine will come with a price tag. Unfortunately, printing prices have changed a fair bit since the first issue dropped in 2008 and it is just too costly maintain these days as a one-man operation. I don't like the idea of begging for advertising from labels and distros (which aren't exactly raking it in in the first place) so I figured I'd bite the bullet and stick a modest price tag and see how it goes. Don’t worry though, I am not out to fund a drugs and prostitutes habit, it will be available more or less at cost (donations, as some very kind souls have already made, are always cool though). In any case, it will be about the cost of a beer at a DIY show and you will still be able to download and/or read it for free online though.

I have been a bit lazy with the CB1 collection, but it’s on its way. I’ve been resizing a bunch of stuff and have some shitty pixeling to consider, as well as remastering some of the bonus stuff. I’ll start shopping around for prices when I have a draft copy and get to y’all with some of the neat ideas I have.

PS: September this year marks the 10th anniversary of Crucial Zine, so I should probably arrange some big event or something. *Wink wink*.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017