Metal History Through Fanzines

Cynic (US)

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.

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Grind Zone #1 (Italy/Spain) ? 1994 (En Español)

Grind Zone #1 (Italy/Spain) ? 1994. Director: “Claudio Cubito” (En Español)

A somewhat mainstream Italian publication, translated into Spanish for Spain (and published by a German conglomerate!), yet containing many cult underground acts in their prime. This goes to show just how far the ‘underground’ was from being really underground by 1994 – only to collapse back into obscurity more or less by 1995-96. Features and interviews with Entombed, Cathedral, Asphyx, Burzum, Tiamat, Samael, Gorefest, Anathema, Amorphis, Cynic, In Flames, Doomstone, Dark Tranquillity, Expulsion, Misanthrope, Osmose Productions, Century Media, Nuclear Blast, Peaceville, Roadrunner, Death, Eucharist, Impaled Nazarene, Absu, Phlebotomized, Sadness, Schizo, Cradle of Filth, Mind Riot, Black Shine, and Sadist.


Deathcore #2 (Ontario, CAN) 1986

Deathcore #2 (Ontario, CAN) 1986, Editor: “Glenn Salter”

This was more of a crossover and hardcore-centered zine out of Ontario in the mid-eighties, and the content and interviews are very light, humorous, and brief. Still, very early interviews with Voivod, Sacrifice, Slaughter, Cyptic Slaughter, Celtic Frost, and a four-line “interview” with Kreator. Plus,  a pre-Cynic write-up for Seaweed! Lastly a cool global crossover-report…among other things…Cult!

 


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.

 


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.