Metal History Through Fanzines

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D.O.D./Decibel of Death #9 (France) 1987

D.O.D./Decibel of Death #9 (France) 1987. Editor: “Laurent Ramadier/Ramses”

French zine written in English, with cool demo/album reviews (check out his reaction to the Terrorizer demo), interviews with Cremains, Voivod, Soothsayer, Armoros (Jed Simon), Hellbastard, Death Angel, Fratricide, Deathrow, Infernal Majesty, Massacre (Chile), Outburst (France), an early one with Pestilence, Rancid Decay, and more. Thanks Bernd B. for the contribution.

 


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).

 


Blasphemer #1 (Chile) 1990 (in Spanish/Español)

Blasphemer #1 (Chile) 1990 (in Spanish/Español). Editors: “Juan Olmedo” and “Christian Vargas”

Another zine from the vibrant Chilean scene (also fully downloadable via the Crucified for Your Sins blog- check it out and thanks Mario), with interviews/reviews/features on a number of pivotal bands right at the point they were developing…I could find no date, but after some investigating I feel pretty sure this is from 1990. Includes among others Apparition, Baphomet, Cadaver, Carnage, Benediction, Abhorrence, Darkthrone, Mortem, Asphyx, Demolition Hammer, Forced Entry, Ripping Corpse, Hexx, Winter, Tormentor, Immolation, Invocator, Carbonized, Entombed, Malevolent Creation, Massacra, Mayhem Merciless, Mortuary Drape, Treblinka, Wild Rags Records, Nocturnus, Paradise Lost, Phlegethon, Sadism, Schizo, Acheron, Vader, Exmortis, Vengeance etc…


Bestial Conspiracy Zine #2 (Chile) 1990 (Español)

Bestial Conspiracy Zine #2 (Chile) 1990, Editors: “Mauricio Perez R., Jose M. Rodriguez, Jorge W. Olate, Luis Salvo, and Moises Leiva Riffo, et al.” (Español )

This issue was a contribution from one of the zine’s editors (Mr. Jorge Olate), who graciously offered up the scans to share with everyone (as well as for the metal ‘historic record’). It was produced out of Chile at a very critical time in the underground, and a cursory glance through the ‘reviews’ sections will give you an idea as to how the underground was exploding at the time (and if your Spanish is up to par, it’s quite revealing). A look at the Chilean bands at the time reveals as well the depth of the scene there, plus interviews with Forced Entry, Doomwatch, Solitude Aeturnus, Carcass, Mayhem, and more.

Also, here is a recent, more specific outline of this particular issue from DEATHTHRASHER in Peru.

Lastly, a few notes from Jorge:

“This was our 2nd issue, 1990. This mag was printed in 4-5 moths with the help from a friend & his father. In Chile , during these years, only a few magazine were printed. Maybe INSANITY, BLOWING THRASH, and BESTIAL CONSPIRACY,  and reported on the Death Metal & Black Metal scenes to the Chilean metalheads. Our influences were MORBID MAGAZINE (NORWAY), UNIFORCE (USA), and the BOOK OF ARMAGGEDDON (USA), among others. 1990 was an incredible year, sadly many guys involved started with University, & other problems, and we never finished a third issue, many interviews with CARCASS, IMPETIGO, IMMOLATION, INCANTATION were never printed, sad. In 2009, we did a web page, only for one years, but too this web died. Our motto was “BESTIAL CONSPIRACY “Muertos desde 1989″……that translates to something like “BC died from 1989″.  - Jorge Olate, 2012

AS ALWAYS, CLICK PERMALINK IN THE CAROUSEL VIEW TO VIEW PAGES UP CLOSE…



Screams From the Gutter #27 (NJ, USA) Feb/Mar 1991

Screams From the Gutter #27 (NJ, USA) Feb/Mar 1991, Editor: “Evil Dave”

This zine consisted primarily of album reviews, although this issue does have an interview with Prime Evil. Either way, fun stuff, and a good look into what was on the record-store shelves in early 1991.

As always, please click PERMALINK to view pages up close!!!!


Infernal Zine #2 (Rovaniemi, FINLAND) 1992 (In Finnish)

 Infernal Zine #2 (Rovaniemi, FINLAND) 1992. Editors: Esa Juujarvi and Matti Selin

Here are some excerpts from this fantastic stapled and printed zine from the northern Finnish town of Rovaniemi (better known as the folkloric home of Santa Claus to some). The zine is all in Finnish, so the few Finns that do stop by here will get more out of it than most. It features pretty much ONLY Finnish bands from the time, and was packed out with locals that never made it, but also more popular notables like Sentenced, Vomiturition (now known as Rotten Sound), cult heroes Adramelech and Depravity (whose members went on to be in Sonata Arctica and Korpiklaani), and also Thergothon, Mordicus, God Forsaken, and hometown black metal dudes Black Crucifixion, among others.


Intellektual Spew #5 (TN, USA) 1998

Intellektual Spew #5 (TN, USA) 1998, Editors: “Bart and Jeff”

Late in the 1990s, print zines were still thriving (despite the internet taking its first stabs at online-zines through DIY sites hosted by Geocities, among others), and Intellektual Spew was a standout in the underground during the time. It was nicely printed and bound, and featured underground bands across the metal spectrum, as by 1998, death and black metal fractured into numerous spin-off subgenres that labels  The End Records (interviewed here) began to specialize in. This issue features the likes of an EARLY Arch Enemy (still with the original singer), Rotten Sound, Assuck, Australia’s Damaged, Quebec’s Martyr, Finland’s And Oceans, Incantation, and Agalloch members ‘other’ band Sculptured. There is also an interesting article on homophobia in the metal underground, as well as with Andreas from The End Records. The cover is by notable underground artist Russ Evans.


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