Metal History Through Fanzines

Blood Duster (AUS)

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.

 

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Vital Wound #3 (Lithuania) 1993

Vital Wound #3 (Lithuania) 1993. Editor: “Mindaugas Lapinskas”

Third issue – features and interviews with Azhubham Haani, Benediction, Blood Duster, Bolt Thrower, Cannibal Corpse, Conscious Rot, Dark Opera, Entombed, Exterminance, Fleshcrawl, Funcunt, Gore Movie reviews, Maltese scene report, My Dying Bride, At the Gates, Pentacrostic, Pestilence, Polish scene report, Putrid Offal, Rest in Peace and much more.

 


Circle of the Grind #2 (Tokyo, Japan) December, 1992

Circle of the Grind  #2 (Tokyo, Japan) December, 1992. Editors “Narutoshi Sekine” and ” ? “

Nicely printed zine from Japan that featured both English and Japanese versions of most interviews, with an extensive focus on the Japanese scene at the time. Features interviews/write-ups with Brutal Truth, Ceremonial Oath (pre-In Flames etc.), Benediction,  Eternal (pre-Electric Wizard), Evocation, Gore Beyond Necropsy, Hellchild, Iconoclast, Lobotomy, Maggoty Corpse, Multiplex, Necrotic Mutation, Timeghoul, Transgressor, and more…I like the “demo only’ review section, total underground (the label released CDs are relegated to a number system in the back), and there is also a fun death-grind quiz…inventive, total DIY fun!


Sinistrari Zine #1 (USA), 1992

Sinistrari Zine #1 (USA), 1993. Editor: ZAID

I picked this zine up somewhere around 1992/93, and it quickly became a favorite. Well written, in multiple languages (in some interviews), with well thought-out questions revealing an international vibe that reflected the multi-national unity of the nascent death/black underground. First issue, top notch-not sure if he put any more out. It’s from my home town area of Washington DC, although I can not remember how I got it. There was no editorial, but after some research, it seems it was published by Gelal of the band GRAND BELIAL’s KEY. Anyways, great interviews from a crucial period when there actually was a real ‘scene.’


Subcide Zine #1 (Christchurch, NZ) 1994

Subcide Zine #1 (Christchurch, NZ) 1994. Hand Numbered Issue #66 – Editor: Chris Rigby

This debut issue of the New Zealand Fanzine was killer, focusing on the visiting Carcass’ shows and subsequent interview in NZ. Also features Internal Bleeding, Dying Fetus, Haemorrhage, Pungent Stench, Sigh, Angelkill, and Blood Duster: