Metal History Through Fanzines

Avulsed (SP)

Gospel of Darkness #2 (Spain) 1994

Gospel of Darkness #2 (Spain) 1994. Editor: “Dani” (en Español)

Massive Spanish zine that heavily reflects the Spanish scene from early 90s w/ a LOT of Iberian bands (plus some nice surprises from elsewhere). Features, reviews and interviews with Avulsed, Blood Duster, Brazil and Lithuania scene reports, Decayed, Dead Christ, Dismal, Gore Beyond Necropsy, Gut, Rot, Hordes, Impaled Nazarene, Deteriorate, Haemmorhage, Infestus, Fermento, Golgotha, Human Waste, Wretched, Mortuary Drape, Necromantia, Moredor, Masacre, In the Woods, In Torment, Chemical Breath, Putrid Offal, Unnatural and many more…thanks to Marcos from the Galician Death Metal Antiquarium for pointing it my way, via original host librometalextremo.com.

 


Witchcraft #1 (Germany) 1993

Witchcraft #1 (Germany) 1993. Editor: “Stefan Löns”

This issue from Germany (in English) featured a (mostly) darker, black and black/death/doom focus — right on time for a number foundational bands’ first and second albums. Miasma from Austria are on the cover (who released their debut through Lethal Records back then). Features Samael, Emperor, Immortal, Dark Tranquillity, Ancient Rites, Bethlehem, Avulsed, Unholy, Impaled Nazarene (always fun!), Martyrium (pre-Secrets of the Moon), Necrotion, Profanatica, as well as features or classic ads on Eihal Records, Lethal Records, Mayhemic Death Dist., Osmose and more. (Thanks Stefan).


Pulverizer Zine #5 (Scotland/UK) May, 1993

Pulverizer Zine #5 (Scotland) May, 1993. Editor: “Bill”

(The intro here is cited/sourced as background info from the Dark Legions Archive hosted at deathmetal.org):  “Pulverizer zine was a killer mag from the early nineties, back when the death metal scene was giving us loads of cool bands. After Pulverizer #5, the editor Bill went on to release 3 issues of a zine called Anatomia which was nothing but old school death metal worship! He was also involved in a band called Goropsy which released a split tape on Necroharmonic Productions in 1996 with Japanese sickos Catasexual Urge Motivation. These zines go down in history for being among the best the UK  had to offer…Keep the Old School Flame Burning!!!” (scanned by) Tyrant (Thanks – SBMS) Features/Interviews w/Avulsed, Adramelech, Altar, Embalmer, Impetigo, Purulence, Therion, Suffer, Necropsy, and more…


Putrid Dysentery Zine #1 (France) 1996

Putrid Dysentery Zine #1 (France) 1996, Editor: “Bruno Bascaud”

This zine focused heavily on the grind scene of the mid 90’s, and this issue features many of those second generation Carcass-inspired followers. The editor even lays out the zine with a cool ‘Carcass-ish’ style vibe with his ‘mondo-medicale’  titles for each section…. Featured bands include Malta’s Beheaded, Dead Infection, Haemorrhage early Exhumed and Hemdale, a VERY early Necrophagist, Entrails Massacre, Dawn, Dead, Avulsed, and much much more. Cool Scene Reports as well!

 

 


Intellektual Spew #5 (TN, USA) 1998

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.