Metal History Through Fanzines

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Blasphemous #2 (Greece) 1992

Blasphemous #2 (Greece) 1992. Editors: “Morbid”, “John”, “Stephan” and “Photis”

Second issue of this cult Greek zine, overflowing with exaltations and inebriations most foul and horrendous! with Abysmal, Lemegethon, Acheron, Amorphis, Winged, Ancient Rites, Edge of Sanity, At the Gates, Afflicted, Black Prophecies, Tormentor, Blood, Bolt Thrower, Solitude, Cartilage, Ceremonial Oath, Emperor, Crematorium, Demigod, Putrid Offal, Demoncy, Obsecration, Desultory, Nocturnal Death, Enslaver, Epitaph, Mutation, Excidium, Fester, Decay, Impaled Nazarene, Mourning, My Dying Bride, Necrophobic, Order From Chaos, Nergal, Possessed, Bestial Summoning, Sadist, Profanatica, Sentenced, Chorus of Ruin, Sinister, Enslaved, The Gathering, Armoured Angel, Thergothon, Tiamat, Abruptum, Unholy and more…again, thanks to the Profane swamp goat for sharing!

 

 


The Black Montanas Of Thy Septentrio #1 (United States, TX) October, 1993.

The Black Montanas Of Thy Septentrio #1 (United States, TX) October, 1993. Editors: “Equitant” and “Proscriptor”

A massive volume representative of everything mystical and ethereal about the early 1990s black metal underground. Based in Texas and produced by Equitant & Proscriptor from Absu, this zine is a document of an era; packed with not only interviews, but also with tons of newsletters and pages and pages of fliers (many of which were circulating the underground at the time, and some I have never seen before). Thanks to Equitant for scanning this and sending it over. Features, interviews, fliers with Zemial, Necromantia, Agatus, Rotting Christ, Varathron, Twilight, Grand Belial’s Key, Mortuary Drape, Ancient Rites, Chris Moyen, Lemegothon, Impaled Nazarene, Beherit, Divine Eve, Countess, Absymal, Vital Remains, Ungod, Emperor, Darkthrone, Enslaved, Burzum, Abruptum, Immortal, Master’s Hammer, Moonspell, Samael, Sarcofago, Celtic Frost, Liars in Wait, Sigh, Profanatica, Incantation, Thou Shalt Suffer, Occult, Blasphemy, Absu, Equimanthorn, Order From Chaos, Demoncy, Osmose Productions, Deathlike Silence, Decapitated Records and much more…


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…

 


Pure Fucking Hell #2 (FIN) 1994

Pure Fucking Hell #2 (FIN) 1994. Editor: “Pete Ilvespakka”

Zine from former Depravity (among other acts) bassist ‘Pete’ Ilvespakka, features a number of highly regarded early 90s underground icons, including No Fashion Records, Enslaved, Emperor, Varathron, Deranged, Merciless, Mortuary Drape, Occult, Order From Chaos, Pungent Stench, Tormentor (HUN), Beherit, Ancient Rites, and much more. Credit and thanks to deathmetal.org and original scanner/owner.

 


Hammer Of Damnation #3 (Finland) January, 1993

Hammer Of Damnation #3 (Finland) January, 1993. Editor: “Niko Sirkiä” (2nd press/July 1993)

Third issue of this exceptional zine from Finland. From the more transitional/experimental period of the early extreme underground of 92/93, this issue has features and/or interviews with Ancient Rites, Apator, Archgoat, Carnifex (FIN), Organic Infest, Barathrum, Burzum, Damnatory, Castle, Damonacy, Beherit, Depravity, Satyricon, a French Scene Report, Harmony Disturbed, Laceration, Sadness, Masters Hammer, Mordor, Abysmal, Mortician Magazine, Necromantia, Pyogenesis, Throne of Ahaz, Rotting Christ, Momentum, Septicemia, Unburied and more (thx to original owner/scanner via deathmetal.org).

 


Possessor Terror #3 (Chile) 1992 (en Español)

Possessor Terror #3 (Chile) 1992. Editors: “Nego,” “Panchy” y “Carlos” (en Español)

From the far side of the world, this Chilean zine has features, reviews and interviews with Baphomet, Necrony, Golem, My Dying Bride, Necrophobic, Impaler, Impaled Nazarene, Atomic Aggressor, Belial, Embrionic Death, Inverted, Desultory, Decomposed, Ancient Rites, Burial Vault, Carrion Lord, Candiru, Phantasm, Poserslaughter Records and much more…(thanks Mario)


Exhumed Zine #1 (Germany) Dec. 1994

Exhumed Zine #1 (Germany) Dec. 1994. Editor: “Christian H.”

Classic layout and nice first issue from Germany (thanks Herr Löns for sharing via NWN!) Features and interviews with Ancient Rites, August Moon, Bethlehem (super short!), Koito Zine (Italy), Mangled Torsos, Inksplat Artworks, Morbid Records, Mythic, Neolithic, Opeth, Katatonia, many reviews, cool art, and extras…


Vital Wound #2 (Lithuania) 1992

Vital Wound #2 (Lithuania) 1992. Editors: “Sarunas Sabaitis” and “Mindaugas Lapinskas”

Interviews and features with Altar (SWE), Anathema, Ancient Rites, At the Gates, Balance of Terror Zine, Devastation, Edge of Sanity, Norwegian and Polish scene reports, Impetigo, Meat Shits, Nuclear Death, Rot, Seance, Thanatos, Fear Factory, Extreme Smoke and much more…


Hammer Of Damnation #4 (Finland) July, 1993

Hammer Of Damnation #4 (Finland) July, 1993. Editor: “Niko Sirkiä” (2nd press/English)

Early 90’s cult zine out of Finland by former Thergothon keyboardist/vocalist Niko Sirkiä, features and/or interviews with Septicemia (GR), Ancient Rites, Archgoat, Burzum, Damnatory, Beherit, Depravity, Masters Hammer, French Scene Report, Mordor, Abysmal (NOR), Necromantia, Sentenced, Black Crucifixion, Pyogenesis, Dolores Records Ad, Osmose Records ad, reviews and more…

 


Witchcraft #1 (Germany) 1993

Witchcraft #1 (Germany) 1993. Editor: “Stefan Löns”

This issue from Germany (in English) featured a (mostly) darker, black and black/death/doom focus — right on time for a number foundational bands’ first and second albums. Miasma from Austria are on the cover (who released their debut through Lethal Records back then). Features Samael, Emperor, Immortal, Dark Tranquillity, Ancient Rites, Bethlehem, Avulsed, Unholy, Impaled Nazarene (always fun!), Martyrium (pre-Secrets of the Moon), Necrotion, Profanatica, as well as features or classic ads on Eihal Records, Lethal Records, Mayhemic Death Dist., Osmose and more. (Thanks Stefan).


Tales of the Macabre #1 (Germany) 1993

Tales of the Macabre #1  (Germany) 1993. Editor: “Costa Stoios

This zine of Germany featured many prominent ‘early’ black metal contributions and is heavy on the dark/atmospheric genres of the early 90’s overall. The editor (Stoios) apparently also ran/runs Iron Pegasus records. Features and interviews include Beherit, Barathrum, Ancient Rites, Behemoth, Emperor, Immortal, Burzum, Osmose Productions, Gorgoroth, In the Woods, Mortuary Drape, Rotting Christ, Sigh, Nocturnal Rites, and more.


Exhume Zine #4 (Tennessee, USA) July 1993

Exhume Zine #4 (Tennessee, USA) July 1993. Editor: James Kelly Enochs III.

This was the fourth and final issue of Exhume (issue #3 was put up a while ago), and like the previous, it was stapled on thick, copied paper. This makes for some hard eye-squint reading in places, but nothing that zooming in can not fix. The editorial reflects the interesting time that was 1993 in the underground, as ‘first wave’ death metal bands were either breaking up, getting weird/stagnating/soft, or signing to major labels. Some bands you may know like Samael, who are still going today, and others like Afflicted and Seance were very cool bands that broke up shortly thereafter. Also check  scene reports from Lithuania and New Zealand, as well as an interview with Metalion of the Slayer Zine from Norway.