Metal History Through Fanzines

Deathrow (GER)

Thrash Em All (Poland) 2/1989

Thrash Em All  (Poland) 2/1989 (in Polish) Editor: “Mariusz Kmiolek”

Another issue of Thrash Em All from Poland. Again, not really a “zine” I know, but for historical purposes, it is still a pretty cool insight into the east block scene. Features a mix of Polish bands and Western (I wish I could read that MOD interview…!) Anyways,  interviews and features on Bulldozer, Ciecie Kata, Cliff Burton, Despair, Rage, Gomor, MOD, Massacra, Deathrow, Napalm, Napalm Death, School of Violence, Piotr Mankowski, Sabbat, Smirnoff (YES, the BAND!? who are still active), Samael and more…

 


D.O.D./Decibel of Death #9 (France) 1987

D.O.D./Decibel of Death #9 (France) 1987. Editor: “Laurent Ramadier/Ramses”

French zine written in English, with cool demo/album reviews (check out his reaction to the Terrorizer demo), interviews with Cremains, Voivod, Soothsayer, Armoros (Jed Simon), Hellbastard, Death Angel, Fratricide, Deathrow, Infernal Majesty, Massacre (Chile), Outburst (France), an early one with Pestilence, Rancid Decay, and more. Thanks Bernd B. for the contribution.

 


Metal Forces #21 (UK) 1986

Metal Forces #21 (UK) 1986. Editor: “Bernard Doe”

[Once more, it’s a given that Metal Forces was certainly not a fanzine, yet it still deserves archival status. As previously stated, the importance of the magazine for the development of the global underground and all ’extreme’ genres can not be understated – they covered many notable bands before any other press did, and were a reliable go-to source for news in the pre-internet era.]

Here I have issue #21, all 47 pages- it’s a good mix of speed and thrash (heavily on the rise at the time), along with the token glam rock sprinkled throughout (posers!!!??)…I wonder why they even bothered with the glam rock then, because if you check out the “Readers Album Chart”- its all thrash and speed?! Lots of cool reviews though with the essential “Demolition” demo review section (Nuclear Death!), pen-pal and fanzine addresses etc. One thing I question however is the “78” review for Fates Warning’s Awaken the Guardian …come on!? And Zebra gets a 91? Anyways, reader mail, plus killer live reviews of Deathrow (plus intie), Overkill, Whiplash, Metallica, Voivod, Possessed and more, as well as features on Anthrax, English Dogs, Attacker, Crumbsuckers, Dark Angel, Helstar, Steeler, Voivod (again) etc.


Totentanz #2 (Germany) 1988 (auf Deutsch)

Totentanz #2 (Germany) 1988 (auf Deutsch) Editor: “Arno Brettraeger” (+Mitarbeiter: Thomas Hanzen)

A nice one from Germany (thanks much to B.B. for this great classic from the late 80’s!). If you can read German, you are in luck, if not, still some great content..check out the early Nuclear Blast ad for example, back when the label was punk (!) Features/interviews with the likes of Assassin, At War, Coroner, Deathrow, Solitude, Living Death, Revelation, Rage, Poltergeist, Tanakard, Voivod, and much more…


Blowing Thrash #3 (Chile) Sept/Oct, 1986

Blowing Thrash #3  (Chile) Sept/Oct, 1986. Editor: “Anton Reisenegger

The third issue from 1986 (#2 is below), also put together from Anton Reisenegger of Chile’s cult early death metal outfit Pentagram (and currently in Lock Up). His first in English, it features another mini-Chilean national report, KILLER interviews with SOD (Scott Ian), Detente, Sepultura and more interviews and/or (mostly) features on COC, DRI, Massacre, Morbid Angel, Watchtower, Wehrmacht, Master, Anvil Bitch, Holy Terror, Cryptic Slaughter, Death Angel, Agnostic Front, Voivod, Necrophagia, Volcano, Overdose, Blood Feast, Deathrow, and more.