Metal History Through Fanzines

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Holocaust #6 (Poland) 1993

Holocaust #6 (Poland) 1993. Ed: “Tomasz Krajewski”

Massive issue of this classic Polish zine, with timely interviews, features and reviews on a number of extreme metal bands from the second wave of the golden era circa 92-93. Including Asphyx, Bolt Thrower, Armoured Angel, Crucifier, Disharmonic Orchestra, Dismember, Embrionic Death, Eternal, Immolation, Impaled Nazarene, Macabre, Imprecation, Cartilage, Macabre, Malevolent Creation, Morgoth, Monstrosity, Mortified, My Dying Bride, Necromantia, Rotting Christ, Oppressor, Order From Chaos, Sentenced, Nocturnal Rites, Deranged, Church of Misery, Morgion and Schizo, as well as news, reviews, essays and scene reports from Poland, Ireland and Portugal. Thanks to P.W. for the contribution.

 


From Beyond Zine #6 (Norway) Winter 2000/2001

From Beyond Zine #6 (Norway) Winter 2000/2001. Editor: “Evil Ed”

Norwegian zine from Evil Ed, published by Red Stream. Contains a number of interesting interviews from (what was) an kind of transitional time in the underground (circa 2000/2001), with first era-ending (the first time around) chats with Anglecorpse and Asphyx, as well as interviews with Darkthrone, Diabolic, Decayed, Holocausto Canibal, Immolation, Macabre, Machetazo, Morbid Angel, Necrophagia, Nifelheim, Rebaelliun, Vomitory, demo reviews, a feature on Jeffrey Dahmer, and more. This was originally shared by the excellent Asmodian Coven blog (via contributor Pawel) – many thanks for putting it online.


Nihilistic Holocaust #1 (France) 1998

Nihilistic Holocaust #1 (France) 1998. Editor: “Gab”

Late 90’s French zine focusing primarily on death and grind as well as the French underground, this issue in English has interviews and features with Kadath, Distaste, Gothic, Depraved, Eviternity, Amon (SWZ), Krabathor, Asphyx, Heretik, Incantation, Blood Suckers, Cho-Jin Records (GER), Disabled, plus a number of reviews. (thx to original scanner/Dark legions).

 

 

 


Metal Attack #7 (Italy) 1989/90 (Italiano)

Metal Attack #7 (Italy) 1989/90. Editors: “Venanzio Sony” (Italiano)

With interviews and features (for those who can read Italian) with Nocturnus, Samael, Peaceville Records, Creepin Death, Schizo, Thunderbolt, Extrema, GLAS, Morbid (SWE), Death, Devastation, Burnt Offering, Emptor, Necrodeath, Asphyx, Immolation, Demolition Hammer, Braindamage, Mayhem (NOR), Lunacy, Exodus, Death SS, Wench, Eversor, Sadus and more. Thanks/credits to original scanner, as well as org. host deathmetal.org.

 

 


Holocaust #4 (Poland) 1990

Holocaust #4 (Poland) 1990. Editor: Tomasz Krajewski”

Another issue of this classic  zine from eventual Pagan Records (Poland) founder Tomasz Krajewski…pretty much a who’s who of the great underground bands on 1990…an absolutely incredible issue. Including Acheron, Rottrevore, Mayhem, Blasphemy, Exit 13, Bolt Thrower, Darkthrone, Asphyx, Deadhead, Desultory, Afflicted Convulsion (Afflicted), Entombed, Necromantia, Phlegethon, Crematory, Hellwitch, Malediction, Invocator, Malevolent Creation, Necrophobic, Death Yell, Necrophile, Nuclear Death, Carbonized, Pestilence, Old Funeral, Revenant, General Surgery, Rotting Christ, Sadistic Intent, Samael, Abhorrence, Desultory, Sodom, Merciless, Therion, Unleashed and much more…thx to uploader Tezcat from NWN!Board for sharing.

 


Isten #5 (Finland) 1990

Isten #5 (Finland) 1990. Editors: “Mikko Mattila” and “Luxi Lahtinen”

Fantastic, long-running zine from Finland (in English) that is one of the few to achieve truly ‘cult’ status – and on that note, they are apparently constructing a retrospective book (!) that is currently closing in on 800 pages. Stay tuned- (Their F-book page is here for updates). This is issue #5 from Mikko and Luxi, just an amazing example of DIY publishing from the golden era of death metal. Thanks to Vladimir P. for sending it over. This MASSIVE 93+ page issue features interviews and features with/on Acheron, Afflicted, Asphyx, Vacant Grave, Baphomet, Devastation, Darkthrone, deadhorse, Deceased, Disgrace, Disharmonic Orchestra, Entombed, Exit-13, Funebre, Gorefest, Impetigo, Invocator, Maple Cross, Metalion (Slayer Mag), Morgoth, Order From Chaos, Paradise Lost, Phantasm, Phlegethon, Seraphic Decay Records, Sigh, Therion, Vital Remains, Xysma, reviews and many more.


Blasphemer #1 (Chile) 1990 (in Spanish/Español)

Blasphemer #1 (Chile) 1990 (in Spanish/Español). Editors: “Juan Olmedo” and “Christian Vargas”

Another zine from the vibrant Chilean scene (also fully downloadable via the Crucified for Your Sins blog- check it out and thanks Mario), with interviews/reviews/features on a number of pivotal bands right at the point they were developing…I could find no date, but after some investigating I feel pretty sure this is from 1990. Includes among others Apparition, Baphomet, Cadaver, Carnage, Benediction, Abhorrence, Darkthrone, Mortem, Asphyx, Demolition Hammer, Forced Entry, Ripping Corpse, Hexx, Winter, Tormentor, Immolation, Invocator, Carbonized, Entombed, Malevolent Creation, Massacra, Mayhem Merciless, Mortuary Drape, Treblinka, Wild Rags Records, Nocturnus, Paradise Lost, Phlegethon, Sadism, Schizo, Acheron, Vader, Exmortis, Vengeance etc…


Grind Zone #1 (Italy/Spain) ? 1994 (En Español)

Grind Zone #1 (Italy/Spain) ? 1994. Director: “Claudio Cubito” (En Español)

A somewhat mainstream Italian publication, translated into Spanish for Spain (and published by a German conglomerate!), yet containing many cult underground acts in their prime. This goes to show just how far the ‘underground’ was from being really underground by 1994 – only to collapse back into obscurity more or less by 1995-96. Features and interviews with Entombed, Cathedral, Asphyx, Burzum, Tiamat, Samael, Gorefest, Anathema, Amorphis, Cynic, In Flames, Doomstone, Dark Tranquillity, Expulsion, Misanthrope, Osmose Productions, Century Media, Nuclear Blast, Peaceville, Roadrunner, Death, Eucharist, Impaled Nazarene, Absu, Phlebotomized, Sadness, Schizo, Cradle of Filth, Mind Riot, Black Shine, and Sadist.


Pit Magazine #8 (Colorado, USA) 1992

Pit Magazine #8 (Colorado, USA) 1992, Editor: “Wendy Perelstein”

A massive update here….Pit Magazine was published by Mosh Pit Records, a metal record store out of Colorado Springs, Colorado, that is sadly missed. Their magazine started in the late 80s and ran into the 90s with ambitions of being a national magazine of sorts, and they eventually did get okay distribution, but in essence it was really just a nice pro-printed, national zine – and that is what made it cool (It seems there is also still some online presence, as they have a facebook page and an outdated website, yet I think the last print issue was put out about 5 years ago…I could be wrong).

With better content and interviews than most national mags, it was packed with all the relevant bands and more. This issue was no exception, featuring an interview with Metallica-Jason Newsted when the Black album dropped (talking about their songwriting and change), Bolt Thrower (!!!), Nick Menza around “Rust in Peace” era-Megadeth, Chris Barnes from Cannibal Corpse talking about serial killers and why he hates (hated?) Phil from Sacred Reich, Godflesh, Autopsy, Necroticism-era Carcass, Soundgarden, Solitude Aeturnus, Blessed are the Sick-era Morbid Angel interview with Dave Vincent, Anacrusis, an extended interview with Pete Steele for the CarnivoreType O Negative fans, the Hoffman Brothers of Deicide, Exhorder, Immolation, Coroner, Entombed, Cancer, Grave, Gorguts, Napalm Death, Obituary, Unleashed, and many more.

 


Chainletter #16 (MD, USA) 1994

Chainletter #16 (MD, USA) 1994. Editor ” Mark Gonce”

Reliable and long running zine (see other entries on this site) out of Baltimore by Mark Gonce (also from the local MD band Corpsegrinder,yes,  the one where “George” got his start). Still going strong in late 1994, this issue features Dark Tranquillity, Samael, Mayhem, Dying Fetus, Kataklysm, Gutted, Pandemonium, Asphyx, Oppressor, Horror of Horrors, Inner Thought and Epidemic…


Slayer Zine #7 (Norway) 1989

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.


Deathvomit Zine #2 (US) 1990

Deathvomit Zine #2 (US) 1990. Editor: Jeff McClelland

This printed, stapled zine comes from the Virgina side of Washington DC, pressed and edited by Jeff McClelland, who if I am not mistaken was also vocalist in the band Doomstone (featuring members of Deceased). The cover was an original drawing by a guy named Tom Harrison, and the back cover shows that I have here a hand-stamped “issue #108.” When you look inside you immediately notice the odd choice of colors that run through the zine, with the yellow heading/font being the hardest on the eyes- I can imagine he was not happy when he got these back from the press. But with all zines of the era, the content and interviews is what matters, and this issue is a historical goldmine for the underground.

Featuring VERY EARLY interviews and/or articles on Mortician, Tiamat, early Polish pioneers Imperator (best quote to read in Polish accent: “We had some nice gigs lately together with a lot of slammers, divers and we had alcohol/sex after shows“). As well as Amputation (pre-Immortal), Afflicted Convulsion (pre-Afflicted), Macrodex, “Cromlech” demo-era Darkthrone interview with Gylve Nagell (aka Fenriz), Rotting Christ, Gorefest, Nun Slaughter, Asphyx, Therion, Crematory, Abhorrence (pre-Amorphis), an Old Funeral article, and much more.