Metal History Through Fanzines

Mercyful Fate (DK)

Gloves of Metal #1 (US) Spring 1994

Gloves of Metal #1 (US) Spring 1994. Editors: “Stevo St. Vitus” and “Warren Slocum”

(Thanks to S.L. once more) Zine from Stevo (Impetigo) with a nice essay feature from him on the rise of black metal, Wild Rags records, underground “rip-offs,” and the rise of fascism in then ‘new’ East Europe. Plus a nice Candlemass pic,  Zappa and Oliva RIP’s, features and interviews with Angelkill, Sindrome, Lobotomy, Manowar, Pavor, Grief, Murder Basket, Avatar (IL), a history of Mercyful Fate, demo reviews, the 100 greatest LPS of 1984, and much more. (PDF up in downloads section).

 


Tales of the Macabre #5 (Germany) 1998

Tales of the Macabre #5  (Germany) 1998. Editor: “Costa Stoios

Featuring drummer Atomic Steif, Bulldozer, Damnation Records, Desaster, Impiety, Mercyful Fate, Metalucifer, Asgard, Mortuary Drape, Necrophobic, Sabbat (JPN), Secrets of the Moon, Soulburn, Stargazer, Vader, Vulpecula, Obscurity, Wizard, and many reviews…

 


Metal K.O. Vol 1, #4 (Quebec, Canada) 1984

Metal K.O. Vol 1, #4 (Quebec, Canada) 1984. Editor: “Johnny Hart” (en Français)

Very EARLY zine with mostly features/write-ups on Accept, Acid, Europe, Helstar, Great White, Hell’s Dagger, Trouble, Killer, Hades, Trance, Icon, Ratt, Mercyful Fate, Pantera, Overdrive, Zoetrope, and Van Halen (live review), plus news, playlist and a bit more…

 

 


Speed Attack #2 (Germany) 1985 (auf Deutsch)

Speed Attack #2 (Germany) 1985. (auf Deutsch) Editors: “Michael Trengert and Peter Zohren”

Second issue of this German zine featured last month, released in the year of 1985. Again, one of the editors was Michael Trengert, who went on to be one of the Summer Breeze Festival (GER) organizers and also a former European manager of Metal Blade Records, and recently passed away. Just a great layout, very readable (if you can read German) and featuring both underground German favorites as well as future stars, including Metallica, Megadeth, Exodus, Slayer, Destruction, Zoetrope, Enforcer, Hallows Eve, Iron Angel, Mercyful Fate, Monolith (Italy), Avenger, Omen, Possessed, Sacred Rite, Steel Vengeance, Tankard, Overkill, Voivod, and more…

 

 


Speed Attack #1 (Germany) 1984 (auf Deutsch)

Speed Attack #1 (Germany) 1984. (auf Deutsch) Editors: “Michael Trengert, Peter Zohren and Tomo Dolevic”

Early German zine released in the year of 1984. One of the editors was notably Michael Trengert, who went on to be one of the Summer Breeze Festival (GER) organizers and also a former European manager of Metal Blade Records. He recently died after a long battle with illness, so this goes out to him, in the metal afterlife. Features Hellhammer (in transition to Celtic Frost), Destruction, Battleaxe, Mania, pics of Mercyful Fate and Metallica, a Loudness live review, Overdose (GER), Running Wild, Vortex (NETH), Martyr (NETH), Stormwitch, Warlock, Venom, Grave Digger, Acid, and more.


Eruptions From Below #5 (Toronto, Canada) 1993

Eruptions From Below  #5  (Toronto, Canada) 1993. Editor: “Laurie Fortune

Copied and stapled zine out of Ontario (formerly out of Buffalo). Solid and packed with ads, representing the ’93 death metal underground quite well. Features numerous reviews, and (brief) interviews with Cannibal Corpse, Lucifers Hammer, Deteriorate, Angelkill, Exterminance, and more, with the highlights being the killer live reviews of the classic Suffocation, Obituary, and Deicide tours from that year.


Rockcor (Russia) #9, 1995 (in Russian)

Rockcor (Russia) #9, 1995. Editor: ?

This is one of the few older Russian publications I have, so if you can not read it, enjoy the pics. I also checked and it seems this is being published again in some newer, modern form. Either way, interviews and features with Pantera, Darkthrone, Dismember, Deadworld, Dying Fetus, Rage, Mercyful Fate, Necropsychosis, Leukemia, and more.

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