Metal History Through Fanzines

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Phoenix Militia #3 (UK) 1986

Phoenix Militia #3 (UK) 1986. Editor: “Bill Steer”

Bill Steer’s (Carcass) zine from his teenage years, includes interviews and features w/ Atavistic, Bulldozer, Necrovore, Lord Crucifier, Casbah, Vacant Grave, Desecration (Cali.), Bolt Thrower, Diatribe, a Maryland (USA) scene report, Doomwatch, Flotsam and Jetsam, Assassin (GER), Nuclear Assault, Mutilator, Master, Protector, Catalepsy, Obliteration, Rancid Decay, Sacrifice, Deviated Instinct, SNFU, Straight Ahead, The Accused, Wehrmacht and more…

 

 

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Battlefield #6 (GER) 1986 (auf Deutsch)

Battlefield #6 (GER) 1986. Editors: “Armin Nolzen” and “Bernd Backhaus” (auf Deutsch)

Speed/thrash/crossover classic zine from Germany, a mid-80s DIY beast with interviews and write-ups on many great bands in their demo-days/first album-era – including Detente, Death, Onslaught, Heresy, Concrete Sox, Holy Terror, Lethal Aggression, Assassin, Poison (Ger), Excel, Desexult, Kreator/Destruction/Rage live review, Negazione, Sacrifice, Schizo, Voivod, Heathen, Raw Power and more (THX B.B.!).


Totentanz #2 (Germany) 1988 (auf Deutsch)

Totentanz #2 (Germany) 1988 (auf Deutsch) Editor: “Arno Brettraeger” (+Mitarbeiter: Thomas Hanzen)

A nice one from Germany (thanks much to B.B. for this great classic from the late 80’s!). If you can read German, you are in luck, if not, still some great content..check out the early Nuclear Blast ad for example, back when the label was punk (!) Features/interviews with the likes of Assassin, At War, Coroner, Deathrow, Solitude, Living Death, Revelation, Rage, Poltergeist, Tanakard, Voivod, and much more…


Violent Noize #2 (NY, USA) June, 1986

Violent Noize  #2 (NY, USA) June, 1986. Editor: “Borivoj Krgin ”

This zine is notable for being journalist and Blabbermouth.net founder Borivoj Krgin’s zine in the 80’s, and it reflects a biting (yet refreshing), critical writing style (…he did not hold back on his opinions!). It’s also notable that the term “death metal” is widely used in this zine, sort of forwarding the genre name almost as it was being invented. Includes cool demo reviews for bands that would later be signed like Blind Illusion, Holy Terror, Mordred, Assassin, Sepultura, Massacre, Death and Wehrmacht. The historical highlight here is certainly the interview with Chuck Shuldiner, where he talks about preparing to record ‘Scream Bloody Gore” (and a few other things). Also features interviews with Wehrmacht., Aggression, Terminal Death, Sacrifice, and although “Kreator” are listed on the cover, there is just an album review as far as I could tell…

 


Blackthorn #4 (Denmark) 1986

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…” !