No Trend Press #2 (Germany) 1987. Editors: “Boris Kadlicek” and “Servais Grivel” (auf Deutsch)
Crossover zine from ’87 with a good mix of thrash/core, hardcore and early death metal. In German (for those who can read it), features and interviews with Lärm, Annihilator, Cremains, Impetigo, Bad Attitude, Carcass, Autopsy, Chemical Waste, Realm, Atrophy, Desperate Minds, Messiah Death, Genoa, Kazjurol, Terminal Confusion, Lawnmower Death, Hellchild, Dead Conspiracy, Raging Fury, Macabre, Anacrusis, Obliveon, Nox Mortis, Ice Age, Righteous Pigs, Savage Thrust, Despair, Sheer Terror, Shellshock, Malicious Grind, Sindrome, Wild Rags Records, and there is also an interesting anti-Carnivore rant, claiming they are nazis/fascists…I guess Mr. Steele’s humour was lost in translation. Thanks to BERND B. for the contribution!
Slayer #5 (Norway). 1987. Editor: “Metalion”
Fifth issue from long running, legendary Norwegian zine/”mag”…as only Metalion could deliver. Timely and historic features/reviews and interviews with Annihilator, Bathory, Black Uniforms, Mutilator, Aggression, Incubus, Kreator, Massacre, Mayhem, Mefisto, Messiah, Morbid Angel, Mutilator, Napalm Death, Nuclear Death, Obscurity, Poison (GER), Sabbat (YES!), Sadist, Sadus, Satan’s Holocaust, Schizo, Aggressor, Sepultura, Slaughter Lord, Slayer, Sodom, Soothsayer, Tribulation, Vulcano, Wehrmacht, and more…(thanks S.L.!) ALSO SLAYER #5 and #7 ARE BOTH UP IN THE PDF DOWNLOADS SECTION NOW.
Thrash Em All #1 (Poland) 1989. Editor: “Mariusz Kmiolek” (In Polish)
Thanks again to Paweł for the contribution. Another relic from the Polish scene to add to the collection…features interviews and features on Coroner, Slayer (Kerry King), Annihilator, Astaroth (PL), Black Sabbath, Kreator, Running Wild, Sodom, Vendetta, Defiance, Mordred, Ghost (PL) and much more.
Death Scream #3 (NY, New York) 1987. Editor: “Richard Casale”
This very DIY zine out of Bronx, NYC features a few brief articles and interviews, the most notable being Annihilator, but also with unsigned/regional acts such as Wotan (Germany), Merciless Sin, Damnakleez, and Primal Scream (New York). However, there are many cool demo and album reviews from the late ’86 era. A fun read overall.
Blackthorn #4 (Denmark) 1986. Editors: “Esben Sorensen and Henk Leviathan”
Ahh, Nasty Savage in full Technicolor on the cover! This issue was limited to 2000 copies, and is printed on the “A4” size standard (I think) in Europe at the time, stapled, with a nice original full-color pic of a young Mille from Kreator on the back (taken live in Copenhagen by a guy named Peter Markham). Highlights for this issue include an insightful Voivod interview right around when “RRROOOAAARRR” came out (coupled with intimate photos taken by Monte Connor, who later would become a dude at Roadrunner Records), features on demo-era Sepultura, Legacy (Testament), Holy Terror, Annihilator, Massacre, interviews with Canadian tyrants Exciter and Razor, as well as Netherlands’ Thanatos, and a number of reviews on rare and long forgotten underground releases. LASTLY- there is a Megadeth merch order form circa “Killing is My Business…” !
Giants Lore #3 (Germany) Sept. 1990. Editor: “Eddi Ambrozi” (German)
From 1989 to 1991, I had a power metal band of sorts (or what was called ‘power metal’ then, something like half thrash and half metal…sort of like Savatage or Metal Church), and it was called Damnation. Pretty typical name, but it worked and we played numerous shows around the DC area, and on guitar we had John Gallagher (not of Raven!), who is NOW the vocalist/guitarist in Dying Fetus. Well, at the time I was in love with Fates Warning, and to me the greatest album ever was “Awaken the Guardian,” still an immortal classic. So when I saw an ad for this zine back in 1990, I sent them the Damnation demo, and got a copy of the zine in return, which was amazing because he sent it from Germany, and it was pro-printed. The guy was just way too nice, but in reality that is how the underground operated then.
“Giants Lore” was all in German, but I did not care, because the seven page feature with Fate’s Warning made me feel like I had some rare underground connection which one of my favorite bands. The guys at Giants Lore (named after a Fates Warning song) were also heavily into what was then a very young progressive metal movement, and if you can read German this is an essential issue (btw check out Jeff Wagner’s prog metal book “Mean Deviation” for more historic fun in that department). Also featured was my OTHER favorite band at the time…SABBAT! They were so ahead of their time, and so perfect to my ears, I was crushed when they split up that year, and well Skyclad was cool too, but Sabbat’s Dreamweaver was never topped, lyrically or musically by anything after from those involved.