Loud ‘N’ Proud #1 (East Germany) 1990. Editor: “Andreas Schoewe” (auf Deutsch)
“Das Erste Hard Rock und Heavy Metal Journal der DDR” – Nice historical gem here. I was told (and it is also stated in the contents/credits) that this was the first hard rock/metal zine to come from the former East Germany (Rostock-Deutsche Demokratische Republik or DDR/GDR) prior to reunification. It appears it might be true, because for some reason this issue has a number of photos ‘redacted'(?), so perhaps it was censored before it was released? Who knows. Anyways, great snapshot of the German scene in the late 1980s with some Noise Records bands and others including Accept, B.O.R.N., Bonfire, Defcon, Hardholz, Kreator, Lanadrid, Mephisto, Noisehunter, Rage, Running Wild, Scorpions, Titan, U.D.O., Vice and a review of the X-Mas Metal Meeting in Dusseldorf on December 19, 1989, that featured Manowar, Saxon, Fates Warning, Sabbat and Lizzy Borden, plus album reviews. (Thanks to N. Barsch for sharing).
Descent #1 (USA) May, 1994. Editor: “Steve O’Malley”
Descent: An excellent offering from the mid-90s focusing primarily on black, dark and darker-oriented death metal [NOTE: While I included this issue on SBMS to make it searchable and ‘research’able in the broader archive, the editor (Steve O’Malley) actually has all of the issues online as PDF’s (along with autobiographical notes) on his website Ideologic.] Includes interviews with Burzum, Emperor, Accursed, Beyond Dawn, Solemn, In The Woods…, Necrophobic, Sigh, Bestial Warlust, Manes, Savior, Mangled, Nagual Mag., Immolation, a feature on Gorgoroth, as well as an essay on Heathenism in Classical Music, a US scene report and reviews.
Gospel of Darkness #2 (Spain) 1994. Editor: “Dani” (en Español)
Massive Spanish zine that heavily reflects the Spanish scene from early 90s w/ a LOT of Iberian bands (plus some nice surprises from elsewhere). Features, reviews and interviews with Avulsed, Blood Duster, Brazil and Lithuania scene reports, Decayed, Dead Christ, Dismal, Gore Beyond Necropsy, Gut, Rot, Hordes, Impaled Nazarene, Deteriorate, Haemmorhage, Infestus, Fermento, Golgotha, Human Waste, Wretched, Mortuary Drape, Necromantia, Moredor, Masacre, In the Woods, In Torment, Chemical Breath, Putrid Offal, Unnatural and many more…thanks to Marcos from the Galician Death Metal Antiquarium for pointing it my way, via original host librometalextremo.com.
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. 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. 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)