Ripping Headaches #12 (US-France) 1990, Editors: “Bruce Davis” and “Chris Aubert”
Here is a contribution from Chris Aubert, who helped out and co-edited the Ripping Headaches zine from France, while Bruce did his job from Florida (and a great time to be in Florida for sure!) Along with the scans, which include killer show reviews and interviews with Excel, Incubus, Pungent Stench, Derketa, and Assuck, among others, I asked Chris a few questions…here is what he had to say…
“Well actually it was Bruce Davis who started the zine in Tampa, FL in the mid 80’s. I was on my side having this zine called Sprash Core Mag in Paris, France with two friends. We did two issues in English then I wanted to move international haha so I joined forces with Bruce who was in Tampa, remember all great bands from that area? Morbid Angel, Death, Cynic, Obituary, Nocturnus… I had to be in contact with him! I saw one of his little ad inserted in some other zine, so I dropped him a letter and started to become more and more involved into it. As a co-editor we did together issues 8 till 14 in Feb. ’91.
During that time, we wrote thousands of letters, traded huge amount of tapes and reviewed as much as we could, always keeping the fanzine spirit alive and never selling our souls to record industry (once powerful). We had contributors from the U.S. of course, Germany, Norway (Gylve “Fenriz” from Darkthrone), Drew Elliott (New Renaissance Records fave artist, check cover of our #8: amazing!), Mexico… A real team work, Bruce was getting all stuff in and was handling typing/layout.
Standing in line at the post office may be the reason why I did not have enough time to go after girls back then, I mean I was always either taping stuff, reviewing, sending int’s, getting ready for a show OR standing in line there. I never collected or saved these letters. Only flyers of concerts (still have thousands of them), tapes of course and records. I used to get tons of zines in the mail to trade for ours (sales were poor, barely none, but trading was huge in these days, everyone had his own zine and would request yours), but the zines are gone. I sold them, around 400-500 before the Myspace/Facebook revival. Now I think that was a mistake, so many cool reviews, interviews got spread around… It would have been nice to get them all scanned and posted on pages here and there. Like you’re doing bro! Truly a great idea! I just have the Ripping Headaches and Sprash Core Mag issues here left. As for the letters one should notice a great site on here where a friend had the idea to post originals… Check it here.
– Chris Aubert (2012)
Intellektual Spew #5 (TN, USA) 1998, Editors: “Bart and Jeff”
Late in the 1990s, print zines were still thriving (despite the internet taking its first stabs at online-zines through DIY sites hosted by Geocities, among others), and Intellektual Spew was a standout in the underground during the time. It was nicely printed and bound, and featured underground bands across the metal spectrum, as by 1998, death and black metal fractured into numerous spin-off subgenres that labels The End Records (interviewed here) began to specialize in. This issue features the likes of an EARLY Arch Enemy (still with the original singer), Rotten Sound, Assuck, Australia’s Damaged, Quebec’s Martyr, Finland’s And Oceans, Incantation, and Agalloch members ‘other’ band Sculptured. There is also an interesting article on homophobia in the metal underground, as well as with Andreas from The End Records. The cover is by notable underground artist Russ Evans.