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Agony #1 (Poland) 1991(in Polish)

Agony #1 (Poland) 1991. Editor: “Adam Rozciecha” (in Polish)

With interviews and features in the Polish: Sinister, Demigod, Thou Shalt Suffer, Mexican Scene Report, Dead Infection, Dark Tranquillity, Fleshcrawl, Exulceration, Mortuary Drape, Necrolatry, Superation, Freddie Kruger, Algo, Ancient Rites, Wild Rags, Morten, Hetsheads, Misanthrope, Exmortes, Anatomy, Amorphis, Pandemonium, Monstrosity, Thanatos, Astaroth and more…

 

The Wild Rag #23 (US) 1993

The Wild Rag #23 (US) 1993. Editor: “Richard C”

Notorious LA California label-store-distributor Wild Rags published these zine/newsletters of sort, which served as both label/distro catalog and underground news periodical. There is a lot of history with the Wild Rag (a lot of which is outlined here), and Richard C (despite being maligned and oft-called a rip off) was responsible for putting out a lot of groundbreaking underground metal. This special “Artgore” issue features underground artists Brad Moore, Jeff Gaither and Paw Nielson, plus lots of news and a cool memory-lane list of distro items that reflect the richness of the death-black underground in 1993.

 

Hard Stuff #1 (Poland-US) Sept. 1994

Hard Stuff #1 (Poland-US) Sept. 1994. Editor: “Mariusz Kmiolek”

A one-off, combined effort from Poland’s Thrash ’em All and US’s Loud Magazine. I am not sure if it ever got off the ground into a regular publication(?), but this short introductory issue from late in 1994 was still pretty cool, with some ads and pics I have not seen elsewhere, some reviews (demo and album), as well as a selection of interviews and features on Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Absu and Setenced. (thanks Pawel)

Heresy Magazine #3 (Australia) 1998

Heresy Magazine #3 (Australia) 1998. Editor: “Jason M. Healey”

Zine produced by Atomizer (AUS) vocalist Jason Healey from the late 90s focusing on dark-death and black metal, with interviews, info and features on Agatus, Angelcorpse, Blot Mine, Burzum, Desaster, Destroyer 666, Gospel of the Horns, Helheim, Marduk, Mayhem, Mortuary Oath, Pentacle, Tyrant, Usurper, Vital Remains, Vulpecula and more. Thanks to Pawel W. for scanning and sharing his copy.

 

Heavy Metal Demons #9 (Netherlands – Dutch) 1984

Heavy Metal Demons #9 (Netherlands-Dutch) 1984. Editors:”Ferry Bovet,” “Peter Loch” and “Paul Schrijver”

Dutch metal zine from mid-80s that mixed local and international acts, capturing heavy metal at the point where it was (perhaps already?) about to go full mainstream. Put together with obvious dedication by these three gentleman (and if anyone has an original copy, I bet it smells like a ripe Dutch oven about right now). Contains both live and album reviews, features (including clippings from the ‘Say You Love Satan’ murder on Long island), imagery (esp. a lot of cool promo photos I have not seen elsewhere), and more w/ Dio, Motorhead, Ratt, Rajas, Lee Aaron, Hammerhead, Lipstick, Rottweiler, Judas Priest, Lizzy Borden, Hirax, Cirith Ungol, Judas Priest, Trouble, Twisted Sister, Blaspheme, WASP, Witch Slayer and more…

 

Isten “Twin Sister” (Finland) November, 1997

Isten “Twin Sister” (Finland) November, 1997 . Created by: Mikko Mattila, Janne Sarna, Kola Krauze and Damhair.

60 pages on A4. 500 pressed. One of the most innovative, long running and well-written/designed zines in the history of the metal underground, recently enshrined in its own hardback anthology format via the Svart Records-published, 804 page “Don’t Break the Ghost” (which can be found here). This issue is the second in the so-called Headwind Trilogy, entitled Twin Sister. Unfortunately, like a lot of great analog media, the actual brilliance of the design can not be transmitted digitally in all its tactile and olfactory glory, but this can give you a hint. Featuring Canaan, The Great Kat, Agathodaimon, Brian Death Cobra, Metalucifer, Costa Stoios of Tales of the Macabre Zine, Rotting Christ, Bethel, Solstice (UK), Arch Enemy, Two Witches, Sup and more with reviews throughout the issue. Thanks to Pawel W. for scanning his copy and sending it over.

 

The Art of Necronomicon #3 (Austria) 1995

The Art of Necronomicon #3 (Austria) 1995. Editors: “P.K” and “Graf Daemon Van Zazas

Austrian black metal-only zine put out by Peter from Abigor, and Graf of (the Austrian) Nefarius, with a number of essays on Satanism, as well as interviews and/or features with Ancient, Behemoth, Black Funeral, Darkness Enshroud, Crimson Arcanium, Demoniac, Faust (Emperor), Forgotten Woods, Grand Belial’s Key, Infernum, Nefarius, Nebelburg, The Black Order, Summoning, Tumulus, and more. Cheers to the Dark Legions for archiving this.