Metal History Through Fanzines

About This Site

SEND BACK MY STAMPS! is a site dedicated to reproducing interviews and ephemera from Fanzines produced in the early days of the (death/thrash/black etc.) metal underground. This era was notable for its pre-internet production of DIY media, that followed the punk tradition born out of the 80s, and gave life and communication to a disparate, global fan base within the then nascent thrash/death/black/grind underground. I will post as many interesting pieces as I can whenever I can, mostly stemming from the stacks of zines I collected from the mid/late 1980’s until the late 1990’s period, before the internet (mostly) killed the DIY print media underground. A lot of these Zines will fade into history and be forgotten, so here is a place to hopefully immortalize the endless hours of work that went into getting the death/black/metal underground started in the glory days of yesteryear.

PS. The name “Send Back My Stamps!” is a reference to a prevalent technique meant to save money in the late 80s/early 90s, whereby the global mail system was sort of “scammed” by people who would smear glue (or whatever) over their stamps, so that when the ink hit them to “cancel” them at the post office, the ink was thus blocked by the glue. It was then asked that the person receiving the letter cut out and ‘send back the stamps,’  where upon return the glue was wiped off with a wet cloth, thereby making the stamps continually ‘new’ and reusable.

About Me.

[2010] I am interested in the preservation of metal history (and its media in particular), and want to keep this history/information available for future generations/posterity. That said, I want to gather as much of it as possible through this zine-archive project. Thanks for the support. Jason Netherton.  Contact: JasonIndex[at]gmail.com

69 responses

  1. d

    great stuff here, I even see my zine in the banner logo

    October 1, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    • KLUKE

      Me too! Goddamn…where did the time go?

      September 7, 2014 at 5:22 am

  2. Hey Jason…
    Wow, this is killer man! I grew up totally obsessed with the underground scene and am totally delighted to have stumbled upon this page! I was heavily involved with zines, tape trading, writing to bands, spreading flyers, etc. back in the early 90’s, it was a time in my life that I will never forget and always look back on it with fond memories. Aahh, the nostalgia…!
    Anyway, I just wanted to say a big thanks to you for doing this page, its fucking cool to know that there are still maniacs out there who remember those killer days! If you get the chance, please check out my own tribute page: http://www.myspace.com/blackdeathnostalgia
    I am gonna try and get the stuff on that page onto a proper website at some point but i’m a bit of a novice when it comes to that shit! Watch this space!! Ok man, I’ve taken enough of you time…Cheers and total respect to you,
    Martin

    October 15, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    • thanks Martin! I will be updating more and more and refining this now that I am home (was away all autumn)…cheers man and I will get the links up soon…forever underground !

      December 29, 2010 at 3:38 am

  3. Carl (epidemic)

    Jason, where is Kluke of Metal Meltdown?

    March 9, 2011 at 6:27 am

    • hey Carl- no idea…had not heard or seen since 1992…until he apparently commented on here! Thanks for stopping by- Epidemic kills!
      J

      March 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      • Thanks Jason. I’ll see if I can track him. checkout our Facebook page!! there’s a piuc of me and Kluke on there. BTW, very cool site you have here!!

        March 17, 2011 at 2:52 am

      • Here’s the link to the Epidemic Facebook page.

        http://listn.to/Epidemic

        did you ever have Tantrum zine done by Adam Peterson in the Late 80’s? Killer zine.

        March 17, 2011 at 2:54 am

      • leonard5

        hey i got all of the metal meltdowns ,got bunch of metalmania zines and a few headbanger zines if you ever need pictures

        January 5, 2013 at 6:02 am

    • CARL!

      You freaking MONSTER!!! I still cherish my EPIDEMIC demos and CDs brother. I am still in Maryland only miles from where you guys “crashed” so many (TOO MANY) years ago. Contact me through eBay (search for METAL MELTDOWN FANZINE) and I’ll send my email address. The other night I saw GENE HOGLAN drum for both Testament and Anthrax in Baltimore. I love that guy. Later dude.

      February 11, 2012 at 12:41 am

      • Right on KLUKE!!!!!! I will connect with you soon!! Good to hear from you again. Cheers!!!!!

        \m/

        February 14, 2012 at 6:20 am

    • KLUKE

      FUCKING CARL!!! Hahaha. Dude, I hate social media but I will check out your Facebook page. You never contacted me through eBay. WTF! Haha. Man, I hope all the EPIDEMIC guys are well and enjoying life. It seems like every year or so I stumble on this site again. METAL RULES! ! ! STILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      September 7, 2014 at 5:26 am

      • KLUKE

        CARL! Did you ever get the band on the cover of a fanzine besides MM? ? ?

        September 7, 2014 at 5:28 am

  4. Jason – I have a small suggestion. Since these are zines, after all, it might be cool to have some sort of interface where the zines are viewable as a slideshow, instead of having to open each image as a separate page.

    I’m not sure what could do this, but since you’re using WordPress, there might be a plug-in that can do that.

    Otherwise, I’m happy to click through these images one at a time!

    March 10, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    • yeah I know there is a lot of room for improvement, and I am not very tech savvy, so it is a work in progress….will certainly shoot for that though, thanks!

      March 12, 2011 at 12:32 am

  5. Hi Jason,
    Thanks for sharing your zine archive,much appreciated! Linked you on my blog already. Cheers!
    Vladimir

    March 15, 2011 at 9:24 am

  6. Kat Gillham

    Great site, brings back a lot of memories, You featured a zine which I am sure had an interview by my ex death metal band (Morstice) in it if I remember right, any chance you could scan it for me and email it over if it is the right issue?? Would totally appreciate that! I am searching for more old interviews to put up on various online pages for the band, got quite a few but that is one zine interview I am missing from Evisceration zine.

    I used to have a HUGE collection of death metal zines from early 90s aswell as a bunch of doom metal zines from early-mid 90s onwards but they all accidently got thrown out in the trash back in 2002 soon after I moved out of my parents home ( I had left all my zines in a wardrobe intending to go back for them and my Dad just presumed I didn’t want em anymore so canned them!!!) I was gutted, old Putrefaction, Slayer, Isten etc mags…and so many other great zines thrown out and lost forever!! :(

    March 17, 2011 at 10:37 am

    • sure thing Kat, i think I know what interview you mean, I will dig it up and scan, and email no prob- and sorry to hear about the loss of your mags, I can empathize!

      March 17, 2011 at 3:47 pm

  7. Uncolored

    amazing job jason!! will you post only zines from your collection or are you willing to accept scans from other people too?? (of course only death metal zines from early 90’s!) :D

    March 17, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    • I will certainly accept other zines! Working on improving the site right now and getting the categories more streamlined / broken up…etc…thanks

      March 17, 2011 at 4:03 pm

  8. Unfortunately I was not my current age in 1991 and therefore was unable to experience and appreciate the incredible music and scene of the vibrant metal underground of that time, which I have since come to love. I can’t tell you how much it means to me, as someone aspiring to work in extreme music journalism, to have a free site to go to where I can discover the original print journalism on the music which also means so much to me. Thanks a lot for your efforts! I will definitely be posting a link to this site in the links page of my own wordpress site. Please keep up the great work, it’s very much appreciated! \m/

    March 23, 2011 at 1:29 am

  9. Fieryelephant

    Great work Jason. I was heavily involved in this scene (producing a fanzine called “Eclipse” and tape-trading) but I’ve moved around so much in recent years all my old zines have been lost. Delighted to see that other also consider this to be a golden age. A couple of other excellent zines of that era were Verbal Aggression (from Wales) and Emancipation (from Denmark).

    March 25, 2011 at 1:40 am

  10. Ben

    Hey, here is a PDF of “Vagueness of Dastardity” # Zine from 5/1989. Enjoy! http://www.megaupload.com/?d=0UF2QL5A

    April 23, 2011 at 5:47 am

    • cool- I will DL and add it to the list…cheers and thanks! J

      April 27, 2011 at 4:37 am

  11. ofirka123

    Looking for a copy of REAL SICKNESS ZINE N.3
    … Can you help me out?

    May 1, 2011 at 4:34 pm

  12. THE WIZARD

    i enjoy reading the inties a lot very cool blog
    /m/

    May 24, 2011 at 6:31 pm

  13. Bernd Backhaus

    In case anyone is interested, I did BATLEFIELD zine in the 1980s, the last three issue are available for download at http://battlefield.stylebites.de/bf5.zip resp. bf6.zip and bf7.zip It’s all in German though.

    there’s also the complete discography of the band I managed then, INHUMAN CONDITIONS ( http://battlefield.stylebites.de/ic/ )

    June 2, 2011 at 6:53 am

  14. amazing. great work.

    June 14, 2011 at 4:30 am

  15. pawel

    amazing website. do you have SEPULCHRAL NOISE ZINE from Norway?? Been looking for ages without luck

    June 14, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    • iI do not have that one, but I have some friends who might, between us i think we can dig it up eventually…thanks! -J

      July 14, 2011 at 6:17 am

      • Pawel

        would be great. there are some great bands in this issue. would kill for that one hehe

        August 4, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      • Juan colunga

        Hey jason

        I have two sepulchural noise zines that i can scan for you.

        Cheers

        Blacksodomia

        February 15, 2012 at 6:25 am

      • please send me the info, would love to add them!

        March 9, 2012 at 3:13 pm

  16. azamael

    Hail from HELL!!! I have a question abou Diabolical Noise zine. Whether it is the entire zine, all pages?

    July 5, 2011 at 10:59 am

    • Not quite all of it, just the primary interviews and interesting reviews/reports

      July 5, 2011 at 5:05 pm

  17. Raphael

    Greetings from Germany. Some great stuff here. Helped me a lot during my little research-project on the Norwegian BM Scene (1990-95). Will have a lot to read. Keep this monster rolling! Wish i could contribute something, but I’m just once more born too fucking late….

    August 15, 2011 at 9:16 pm

  18. Takaaki

    Great stuffs! It really remind me of the great days. And thank you for uploading our band, too! Takaaki from ex-NECROPHILE

    September 17, 2011 at 1:01 pm

  19. Amazing site. I’m glad someone is keeping the old zines alive! I was editor of Mainstream Resistance in the late 90’s from Houston. We put out about 6 issues before monetary problems shut us down. I will get some issues scanned in to share! Killer!

    September 20, 2011 at 10:09 pm

  20. Hi, nice work here, just thought you would be interested by my old zine, all issues downloadables here: http://liquidoflife666.blogspot.com/2010/10/liquid-of-life-death-metal-fanzine-all.html
    Keep up the great archives!
    Cheers!

    September 20, 2011 at 10:43 pm

  21. oik

    Feel like found a treasure knowledge of the old days, gotta spread the link so the other who doesn’t know can check this sites out. Thank ‘s Mr. Jason Totally Great Work!!!!

    Best Regards

    “O”

    September 27, 2011 at 10:55 pm

  22. Abhishek Mena

    Great Site Indeed ! Total Support Jason!

    October 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm

  23. Jason, if you need any help with anything I’ve still got 2 file cabnets full of ‘zine from the late ’80’s through the ’90’s so if you are looking for something let me know! I should still have copies of Metacyesis zine which I interviewed you and reviewed bath in entrails demo too.

    November 10, 2011 at 10:02 am

    • Thanks PJ, I will be in contact in the near future…cheers!

      November 14, 2011 at 3:19 pm

  24. terrorgrinder

    realy awesome page i was searching for some early photos of Darkthrone and i have been discovering this page great DUDE low tuned gloom death/doom RULES

    January 22, 2012 at 2:53 pm

  25. Jorge

    I want my Bestial Conspiracy 89-90 fanzine, maybe you can publish in this Incredible page.

    January 23, 2012 at 2:22 am

  26. Hey! this is a great idea. I have a few issues of my zine. I would like to submit it. Do you take those? Great job. I love the whole “send back my stamps” I always ended my letter with that! great memories of better times!

    March 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm

  27. ezrah

    nice..i have copies of real sickness (you have any news regarding jerry?)
    im also looking for thorazine and bloodshed…

    April 3, 2012 at 5:24 am

  28. Lauren

    usually I lurk wordpress/blogspot without commenting, but this is fucking amazing! cheers!

    April 8, 2012 at 3:47 pm

  29. Jason — thanks for making sure these writings are preserved for posterity. I corresponded with many of the zine creators back in the day (and still talk to many of them online). When Gammacide reformed in 2005, I was amazed at how many people around the world still remembered our band and our music — and this was all due to the amazing underground network of zines and radio shows. I’ve still got a huge tote full of zines — let me know if you want me to send you some scans… (a few are up on gammacide.com)

    Great work!

    August 10, 2012 at 8:51 am

  30. Great idea! I have in mind to write a book about the birth of the Death Doom metal and your work in collecting fanzine would be a very precious help!

    September 3, 2012 at 10:11 pm

  31. Wally

    Hey man, love this page. Its so easy to just get lost looking through this stuff again!! Hope its ok to make a kinda vague request. Im actually trying to find an old article about a death metal band called Monolith from Kingsport, TN. It would have been around ’93 – 94. They had a demo called Dawn of the awakening. I wish i had some idea what zine it would be in, but i still thought id take a shot in the dark, and mention..

    November 18, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    • hey man! thanks for stopping by…I am not sure about that band, if they are not listed in the categories section then the only thing there might be is a demo review or small article, perhaps scan some of the zines that came out around that time…good luck!

      November 20, 2012 at 3:05 am

  32. J.Kiser

    What a great day it was when my friend turned me on to your site. Although I grew up a major metal fan during the 80’s & 90’s, I somehow missed just about all the fanzines. I LOVE reading this site!! Thanx a ton for keeping these alive. P.s. Would love to see Misery Index in Nashville someday.

    December 24, 2012 at 2:04 am

    • thanks dude! Glad you dig the old school literature….there is a ton of it out there and I am constantly finding new zines to add. cheers!

      December 24, 2012 at 8:53 am

  33. This definitely is one of my favourite – if not the favourite – website I’ve ever seen. I keep reading those old fanzines and really enjoy them all, awesome idea, really and so many cool stuff there.
    Wonder if you have any interviews with Decomposed (UK), Baphomet / Banished, Arius, Adversary (Swe), just to name few?
    If you dig through my stuff on my blog http://panzerfaust666zine.blogspot.com/ you may find there some scans of my old fanzine as well, enjoy and keep on doing good work!

    February 13, 2013 at 10:53 am

  34. Interview with Sanctuary vocalist from Curious Goods zine (number 5 1991) without ending. It’s very Pity!

    April 12, 2013 at 3:02 am

    • The entire interview is actually there…it’s just spread out over four pages…

      April 14, 2013 at 1:22 am

  35. Ron Mansfield

    I was friends with Ed Farshtey, traded tapes with him for years & had every issue of The Book of Armageddon; great ‘zine. Even spotted an ad from my own fanzine, Total Death in the scans of TBOA #4! Brings back a lot of great memories – many thanks!!

    April 13, 2013 at 10:00 pm

  36. This is a great site and any of you old fanzine editors please get in touch with me as Mr. Forbes would like to interview for my website (yeah i am still doing it)…..

    metalcorefanzine@aol.com

    http://www.metalcorefanzine.com

    December 14, 2013 at 3:09 am

  37. I have got another contribution from Denmark if it’s of your interest? I scanned all the pages and uploaded them in issuu. I don’t know if you can grap it from there?

    January 3, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    • Fantastic, thanks, I will add one up here asap…cheers! Jason

      January 19, 2014 at 2:19 am

  38. Loving this site, Jason! Thanks very much. Especially love the downloadable PDFs, which I just feasted on.

    February 2, 2014 at 4:59 pm

  39. Thanks Jason for this great site! I love the past times with no fuckin’ internets and other “modern shits”
    Keep up good work!

    Hails from Finland

    GREV

    February 7, 2014 at 4:31 am

  40. GREAT JOB YOU ARE DOING. I’LL BE CHECKING THIS SITE DAILY FOR UPDATES. THANK YOU MAN!!! CHRIS HAWKINS (MIDIAN drummer)

    March 28, 2014 at 4:06 am

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  42. Take a bow Jason,,,,Your painstaking and passionate effort will guide us and Underground will march on. Horns up high.

    July 7, 2014 at 1:37 pm

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