Metal History Through Fanzines

Atheist (US)

Satanic Death #3 (Japan) July,1988

Satanic Death #3 (Japan) July, 1988. Editor: “Satsuki Takashima”

Cult Japanese zine from ’88 that has been floating around online, so thanks to the original scanner for sharing. W/reviews, live report, playlists and a cool Brazil scene report, adz from Cogumelo and Wild Rags records, plus features and/or interviews with Old Lady Drivers, Atheist, Autopsy, Cianide, Cremains, Darkness, Dead Conspiracy, Holocausto, Mayhem (BZL), Deathpeed, Beleth, Messiah Death, Morbid Angel, Necromancer, Nunslaughter, Obliveon, Obscurity, Prime Evil, Rigor Mortis (NY -pre-Immolation), Sindrome, Mass Death, Tribulation, Usurper, Napalm Death, Witchhammer, Anialator (BZL), Anschluss, Arsenic, and more…

 

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Disposable Underground #3 (VA, USA) 1991

Disposable Underground #3 (VA, USA) 1991, Editor: “Richard Johnson”

Issue #2 of DI, out of the Virginia suburbs of Washington DC. Again, Rich was in early grind outfit Enemy Soil, prior to going on to playing in the likes of Agoraphobic Nosebleed and now Drugs of Faith.  This long running zine can now be found online in downloadable format here, both new and old issues.

This issue has live reviews, adverts, reviews, opinions (one from Deceased guitarist Mike Smith) features and interviews with/on the Foundations Forum, Riki Rachtman, Slayer Zine, Cannibal Corpse, Atheist, Autopsy, Bolt Thrower, Coroner, Death, Dark Angel, Grave, Gorguts, Hexx, Fates Warning, Impetigo, Believer, Overkill, Queensryche, Pestilence, Relapse Records, Suffocation, Sacrifice, Unleashed, Century Media and much more…

 


Impulso Repulsivo #1 (Chile) 1989 (Español)

Impulso Repulsivo #1 (Chile) 1989 (Español). Editors: “Andrés Padilla” and “Cristian Gonzalez”

Another zine from the vibrant Chilean scene of the late 1980’s, also another one that Andrés Padilla had a hand in (presently of Grinder Magazine and the Underground Never Dies! book). Packed with interviews and reviews, a good cross-section of the scene at the time, in Spanish, but the layout is classic as well (even if you can not read the text). Features Acid Reign, Apparition, Atheist, Bloodfeast, Cynic, Deceased, Grave, Immolation, Revenant, Merciless, Nihilist, Morbid, Revelation, Sadus, Sepultura, Skeletal Earth, Soothsayer, Verbal Assault, and many more.


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.

 


Inner Source Zine #3 (Illinois, USA) March, 1994

Inner Source Zine #3 (Illinois, USA) March, 1994, Editors: “Fred and Randy”

This zine out of northern Illinois evolved steadily into the 90s, until it went color and pro-print as a short-lived ‘magazine.’ Anyways, the spirit was there, even if the journalistic talent was lacking. One of the editors even ran the Pulverizer Records imprint and released early material from Sarcophagus, Dying Fetus, Mortal Decay, Jungle Rot, and Fleshgrind, among others. This issue is interesting because it was released in that weird time, where thrash bands were seeking some sort of new approach or identity, see here Forbidden, Coroner (Grin era – cool interview), and the once awesomely named Death Angel when they oddly went and did “The Organization.” Also we have Atheist and Cynic in their prime,  and Malevolent Creation during the  (ahem) “Stillborn” era. Also cool early art from Mark Riddick and Russ Evans throughout.

 


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.