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Blasphemous #1 (Greece) 1991

Blasphemous #1 (Greece) 1991. Editors: “Morbid”, “John”, “Stephan” and “Photis”

 

Received this fantastic early 90’s gem directly from the source (thanks for sharing Swamp beast!); a bit uneven in parts but the ambition is undeniable; pretty much a ‘who’s who’ of both black and death metal circa 90/91, from the demo reviews to the articles and interviews. Now out bound in book form from Fryktos! Features Abbhorrent, Transgressor, Blasphemy, Alastis, Desecrator, Sentenced, Atrocity, Baphomet, Beherit, Mortify, Darkthrone, Noktunral, Deadhead, Convulse, Deceased, Sigh, Entombed, Horrified, Septic Flesh, Messiah, Misanthrope, Mortuary Drape, Mystifier, Necromantia, Nocturnus, Septic Flesh, Pentagram (MEX), Phlegethon, Rotting Christ, Bolt Thrower, Necrofist, Sadus, Sargatanas, Sarcofago, Ripping Corpse, Satanas, Necrophobic, Sextrash, Vader, Varathron, Vital Remains, reviews and more….

 


The Black Montanas Of Thy Septentrio #1 (United States, TX) October, 1993.

The Black Montanas Of Thy Septentrio #1 (United States, TX) October, 1993. Editors: “Equitant” and “Proscriptor”

A massive volume representative of everything mystical and ethereal about the early 1990s black metal underground. Based in Texas and produced by Equitant & Proscriptor from Absu, this zine is a document of an era; packed with not only interviews, but also with tons of newsletters and pages and pages of fliers (many of which were circulating the underground at the time, and some I have never seen before). Thanks to Equitant for scanning this and sending it over. Features, interviews, fliers with Zemial, Necromantia, Agatus, Rotting Christ, Varathron, Twilight, Grand Belial’s Key, Mortuary Drape, Ancient Rites, Chris Moyen, Lemegothon, Impaled Nazarene, Beherit, Divine Eve, Countess, Absymal, Vital Remains, Ungod, Emperor, Darkthrone, Enslaved, Burzum, Abruptum, Immortal, Master’s Hammer, Moonspell, Samael, Sarcofago, Celtic Frost, Liars in Wait, Sigh, Profanatica, Incantation, Thou Shalt Suffer, Occult, Blasphemy, Absu, Equimanthorn, Order From Chaos, Demoncy, Osmose Productions, Deathlike Silence, Decapitated Records and much more…


Anathema Zine #1 (Finland) 1991

Anathema Zine #1 (Finland) 1991. Editor: “Tupe” (A5, 64 pages)

Finnish zine from the apex of extreme metal’s golden years; lots of illuminating and humorous content (e.g Therion and Unholy’s one word answers?!) and essential/biting viewpoints throughout from an honest editor. Thanks to the one and only Francesco Dellamorte for the submission. PDF is up in downloads section. Features, reviews and interviews with Desultory, Agathocles, Unholy, Convulse, Sigh, Desultory, Therion, Dark Tranquillity, Obituary,  Dicktator, Demilich, Abhorence, Disgrace, Amorphis, Funcunt, Edge of Sanity, Grave, Immolation, Necrotomy zine, Obscene, Sentenced, Righteous Pigs, Obliveon, Napalm Death, Cenotaph, Paradise Lost, Carnage, Blasphemy, Dr. Shrinker, Cadaver and much more.

 

 

 


Sombre Eve #1 (Australia) 1992

Sombre Eve #1 (Australia) 1992. Editors: “Shane” and “Tracey”

From down under, a crude DIY-hitter with a good mix of underground icons, death, black and cult doom, a Netherlands scene report (VERY brief, by Hans from The Gathering), reviews, a “what is doom?” survey, plus interviews and features/bio with Aetiology, Anathema, Beelzebub (NOR), Blasphemy, Decomposed, Entombed, Eternal (UK), Flesh, God Forsaken, Grief, Immortal, Impaled Nazarene, Master’s Hammer, Mayhem, Necrotion, Herve from Osmose Productions, Pan-Thy-Monium, Portrayal, the Gathering and more…thanks to S.L. for the submission

 


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.

 


Grave Disgrace #2 (Russia) 1993 (in Russian)

Grave Disgrace #2 (Russia) 1993. Editors: “Gladchenko Arkadiy” (in Russian)

Finally, a Russian zine! This one is packed – 84 pages – with long features on labels like Foundation 2000 (NL), Peaceville Records, and Wild Rags (California), as well as extensive scene reports and info on Russian bands from the time…all for those who can read it. If not, enjoy it anyway, and thanks to Супранов А.В. for sending it over and Anton for helping me figure out what was what, interviews and features with Agathocles, Autopsy, Azhubham Haani, Blasphemy, Bowels, Brainstorm, Catacomb, Cannibal Corpse, Corpse, Decomposed, Edge of Sanity, Deicide, Emperor, Carbonized, Exulceration, Firetower, Scaffold, God’s Tower, Gorefest, Skeletal Earth, Impetigo, Lazaret, Necropsychosis, Old Funeral, Possessed, Sarcoma, Morrisound/Scott Burns, Solemn, Suffer, Thou Shalt Suffer, Russian Winter and much more. PDF is up as well in the downloads section…

 

 

 


Delírio Metálico #1 (Portugal) 1990 (Portuguese)

Delírio Metálico #1 (Portugal) 1990. Editors: “Andre Toscano” and “Antonio Nobre” (In Portuguese)

First issue of this Portuguese zine focuses mostly on the scene in Portugal at the time (circa 1990) with bands like Afterdeath and Atrofiados, as well as a few features on some other notable underground bands at the time like Hellwitch, Impetigo, Desultory, Dorsal Atlantica, Blasphemy, and more.


Fucker Zine #3 (Poland) 1992 (In Polish)

Fucker Zine #3 (Poland) 1992. Editor: “Maciej Fluder”

We are reflecting again on the Polish scene of the golden years, with another contribution sent over from reader Pawel Wojtowicz. This time it is the “Fucker” zine that had such an impact on him at the time, and it features reviews and interviews with numerous Polish underground bands, along with Hellwitch, Mortuary Drape, Blasphemy, Sinister, Thanatos, Thrash Em All mag, and also one with Ivar Peersen‘s pre-Enslaved (?) band ‘Inoculate Injure‘ from Norway. If you can read Polish, you are again in luck, if not, use your imagination…!

 

Here are also some additional comments from Adam Stasiak of Necroscope zine):

SBMS!: The Polish scene at the time, in the early days, seemed quite vibrant and alive. From the zines I have seen from there at the time, there were many bands in Poland, who were only known inside of Poland. Was there a sort of thriving underground there during those years that many people outside the country never knew of? Were there a lot of local shows and did any “foreign” tours ever come to Poland in the early days?

“Yes, the Polish scene was quite vibrant and active back in the early 90’s. We had a lot of zines, distributions and bands especially. On the other hand, the activity of those people was focused on the Polish scene only, it’s my impression at least. I mean about bands especially. There were many killers, such as: IMPERATOR, BETRAYER, CHRIST AGONY, PANDEMONIUM, VIOLENT DIRGE, HAZAEL, DAMNATION, ARMAGEDON and many more. believe me, those bands performed music, which deserved bigger attention from foreign scenes, however it never happened. I think because people involved in those bands didn’t know (and did not want to  know) about promotion too much. Their idea was to give material to a label (CARNAGE rec., for example) and then to wait for some foreign, “commercial” success to appear. When it never arrived bands started to split up (ARMAGEDON< BETRAYER) saying some bullshit about their labels, or changing their musical styles (CHRIST AGONY, PANDEMONIUM or HAZAEL). Another matter regarding “foreign attention” -from my viewpoint, this old Polish scene, underground was and is much respected in many various countries, although when it comes to the pure underground and maniacs only… Yes, we had some foreign tours back in the 80/90’s, some big, mainstream and underground festivals. And even if there weren’t so many gigs, shows as it is nowadays, I think we couldn’t complain of the lack of Metal live performances. Actually, almost of all from most important bands from death/thrash metal scene were playing in Poland back in those days! So it wasn’t just a desert on the European map. Concluding, I think Poland had one of the most active scenes in Europe and I can not agree with opinion that it was known inside of Poland only, maniacs interested in the real underground knew very well what the Polish Hell was all about.


Bestial Conspiracy Zine #2 (Chile) 1990 (Español)

Bestial Conspiracy Zine #2 (Chile) 1990, Editors: “Mauricio Perez R., Jose M. Rodriguez, Jorge W. Olate, Luis Salvo, and Moises Leiva Riffo, et al.” (Español )

This issue was a contribution from one of the zine’s editors (Mr. Jorge Olate), who graciously offered up the scans to share with everyone (as well as for the metal ‘historic record’). It was produced out of Chile at a very critical time in the underground, and a cursory glance through the ‘reviews’ sections will give you an idea as to how the underground was exploding at the time (and if your Spanish is up to par, it’s quite revealing). A look at the Chilean bands at the time reveals as well the depth of the scene there, plus interviews with Forced Entry, Doomwatch, Solitude Aeturnus, Carcass, Mayhem, and more.

Also, here is a recent, more specific outline of this particular issue from DEATHTHRASHER in Peru.

Lastly, a few notes from Jorge:

“This was our 2nd issue, 1990. This mag was printed in 4-5 moths with the help from a friend & his father. In Chile , during these years, only a few magazine were printed. Maybe INSANITY, BLOWING THRASH, and BESTIAL CONSPIRACY,  and reported on the Death Metal & Black Metal scenes to the Chilean metalheads. Our influences were MORBID MAGAZINE (NORWAY), UNIFORCE (USA), and the BOOK OF ARMAGGEDDON (USA), among others. 1990 was an incredible year, sadly many guys involved started with University, & other problems, and we never finished a third issue, many interviews with CARCASS, IMPETIGO, IMMOLATION, INCANTATION were never printed, sad. In 2009, we did a web page, only for one years, but too this web died. Our motto was “BESTIAL CONSPIRACY “Muertos desde 1989″……that translates to something like “BC died from 1989”.  – Jorge Olate, 2012

 



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.


Rot Zine #2 (US) 1990

Rot Zine #2 (US) 1990. Eds: Bryan Durren and Rich Bush

This stapled, near digest-sized zine out of Michigan featured great pre-signing interviews with the likes of Cynic, Immolation, Deceased, Sadus, Vital Remains and more…plus some cool post-vintage offerings from Possessed (trying to reform!?), Sacrifice (pre-Soldiers of Misfortune) and Sarcofago. Additionally, there are Wild Rags Records cult favs Order From Chaos and Impetigo, and a long Altars of Madness-era interview with Dave Vincent among many others.