Anathema Zine #1 (Finland) 1991. Editor: “Tupe” (A5, 64 pages)
Finnish zine from the apex of extreme metal’s golden years; lots of illuminating and humorous content (e.g Therion and Unholy’s one word answers?!) and essential/biting viewpoints throughout from an honest editor. Thanks to the one and only Francesco Dellamorte for the submission. PDF is up in downloads section. Features, reviews and interviews with Desultory, Agathocles, Unholy, Convulse, Sigh, Desultory, Therion, Dark Tranquillity, Obituary, Dicktator, Demilich, Abhorence, Disgrace, Amorphis, Funcunt, Edge of Sanity, Grave, Immolation, Necrotomy zine, Obscene, Sentenced, Righteous Pigs, Obliveon, Napalm Death, Cenotaph, Paradise Lost, Carnage, Blasphemy, Dr. Shrinker, Cadaver and much more.
Balance of Terror #3 (Victoria, BC, Canada) 1991. Editor: “Trev Jarvis”
(UPDATED) With interviews/features/mentions on Impetigo, Inverted, Agothocles, Bolt Thrower, Impaled Nazarene, Dark Tranquility, Hexx, Nuclear Death, Funeral Oration, Putrid (pre- God Forsaken), Wench, Raped Ape, Eldritch Horror, Ringworm, Impaled Nazarene and Demilich (check out those very early pics), plus letters and reviews, a feature on the Ku Klux Klan’s history, Demi Moore (?), the Loch Ness Monster, Out From the Underground Zine, cool ads from Wild Rags, Itsen, Relapse and more and an editorial on “Rip Offs Killing the Scene.” A centerfold with Dutch band Eternal Nightmare, and a very young “Ultimate Incantation”-ish era Vader is featured on the cover (yet are not featured inside)…PDF up as well.
Grave Disgrace #2 (Russia) 1993. Editors: “Gladchenko Arkadiy” (in Russian)
Finally, a Russian zine! This one is packed – 84 pages – with long features on labels like Foundation 2000 (NL), Peaceville Records, and Wild Rags (California), as well as extensive scene reports and info on Russian bands from the time…all for those who can read it. If not, enjoy it anyway, and thanks to Супранов А.В. for sending it over and Anton for helping me figure out what was what, interviews and features with Agathocles, Autopsy, Azhubham Haani, Blasphemy, Bowels, Brainstorm, Catacomb, Cannibal Corpse, Corpse, Decomposed, Edge of Sanity, Deicide, Emperor, Carbonized, Exulceration, Firetower, Scaffold, God’s Tower, Gorefest, Skeletal Earth, Impetigo, Lazaret, Necropsychosis, Old Funeral, Possessed, Sarcoma, Morrisound/Scott Burns, Solemn, Suffer, Thou Shalt Suffer, Russian Winter and much more. PDF is up as well in the downloads section…
Musalla Tasi #2 (Turkey) 1994. Editors: “Süha Duran” and “Cüneyt Ucman” (in Turkish)
Heavily favoring the Turkish scene at the time, in Turkish…with Agathocles, Asaeated, Ascraeus, COF, Cenotaph (TUR)), Radical Noise, Parricide, Death Project, Nemesis, Tears of Beggar, Slamdive, Legion and more…thanks to S/L/ for the scan.
Master of Brutality, #8 (Netherlands) 1997. Editor: “Ewald Provoost” and “Martin Dame”
Late 90’s Dutch zine with a very underground-heavy mix of 2nd generation death metal and grindcore, with interviews and features on Agathocles, Anasarca, Autumn Leaves, CSSO, Entrails Massacre, Fleshcrawl, Forgotten Silence, Last Days of Humanity, Mastic Scum, Nyctophobic, Parricide (POL), Sinister and Squash Bowels, among others.
Chainsaw Abortions #2 (NY, USA) 1990. Editor “Brian Pattison”
This zine out of upstate NY was sent over (and edited by) by Brian Pattison, who you may also know as the guy (who along with Alan Moses) put out the Glorious Times pictorial-history book of the death metal underground (see the video review below). This issue has some timely interviews with Morbid Angel (w/ Dave, right after Altars of Madness), Obituary (pre-Cause of Death), Sacrifice (as Soldier of Misfortune was released), Derketa, demo era- Malevolent Creation, Carbonized and Grave, as well as tons of cool ads and record label promos.
Slayer Zine #7 (Norway). 1989. Editor: “Metalion”
To again celebrate the release of Metalion’s book, I unearthed the last copy of Slayer Zine in my possession, # 7 from 1989. This issue is an almost complete reflection of everything that was fresh and exciting about the underground at the time, featuring interviews with many ‘future titans’ in their demo days and/or on their first album. As always, encased with great DIY artwork and layout, highlights include Nihilist, Napalm death (Bill Steer!), Autopsy, Atheist, Morbid Angel (Best answer from Dave Vincent: “I personally love to play fast, so until my arm fell off, I want to play faster and faster as it is fun.” ), a SUPER long interview with Jeff from Carcass, Bolt Thrower, Merciless, and more.