Metal History Through Fanzines

Deicide (US)

The Grimoire of Exalted Deeds #10 (USA) 1997

The Grimoire of Exalted Deeds#10 (USA) 1997. Ed. “Bill Zebub”

Long running  zine from the always irreverent and unorthodox Bill Zebub . ‘Candid’ interviews with Morbid Angel, Deicide, Brutal Truth, Messe Noir, King Diamond, Fleshcrawl, Mortiis, Ancient, reviews, fiction, and more.



The Oath #2 (IRE) 1994

The Oath #2 (IRE) 1994. Editor: “Alan Averill”

Issue #2 of this classic zine from Primordial vocalist Alan (aka A.A. Nemtheanga). Features and interviews with Decoryah, Fleurety, a German Scene report, an essay on Glen Benton, Monumentum, Graveland, Mordor, Illska, No Fashion Records, Mayhem, Balder, Cruachan, Gorgoroth, Mortuary Drape, Moonspell, Sigh, Varathron, and more. (Thanks to original scanner and host darklegions 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…





Vortex From the East #11 (Malaysia/in Malaysian and English) 1994

Vortex From the East #11 (Malaysia/in Malaysian and English) 1994. Editor: “Aziz”

Jumps between both Malay and English w/ interesting commentary etc.. from the exploding SE Asia scene of the early 90s. Features on Burzum/Varg “Count Grisnacht” Vikernes, Faust/Emperor and the events in Norway at the time, Kurt Cobain, Shonen Knife, Glen Benton on death threats, plus interviews with Darklord, Immured, Infestation (US), Langsuir, Mass Psychosis, Sonic Asylum Records, reviews, adz, addresses etc. Thanks to Stefan L. for the scan.


Grinder #1 (Chile) Noviembre 1993 (Español)

Grinder #1 (Chile) Noviembre 1993 (Español). Editor: Andrés Padilla

Exciting news from Chile these days. Andrés Padilla, who used to do Violence Zine (Chile) in the late 80’s, and currently editing the long-running Grinder magazine, recently published the book Retrospectiva al Metal Chileno (1983-1993), with a limited edition 12″ LP compilation released by IronBonehead Productions (Ger) that includes rare and old death metal Chilean bands never released on vinyl beforeMore info here

Now he is working on another book called Underground Never Dies! (hardcover, tons of old school flyers and rare pics from cult bands, and interviews with lots of key-members of the UG scene), plus a limited compilation 12″ LP filled with bands of the 80’s, from all over the world. More info here: Underground Never Dies!!.htm

Now to Grinder…this was the first issue of Andrés’ (2nd) magazine, Grinder, and it featured interviews and/or features with Anathema, Cannibal Corpse, Carbonized, Cathedral, Confessor, Criminal, Deicide, Dorso, Fear Factory, Gwar, Konkhra, Massacre, My Dying Bride, Sacrificial, Sadus, Therion, Tottenkorps, Undercroft, and much more…


Eruptions From Below #5 (Toronto, Canada) 1993

Eruptions From Below  #5  (Toronto, Canada) 1993. Editor: “Laurie Fortune

Copied and stapled zine out of Ontario (formerly out of Buffalo). Solid and packed with ads, representing the ’93 death metal underground quite well. Features numerous reviews, and (brief) interviews with Cannibal Corpse, Lucifers Hammer, Deteriorate, Angelkill, Exterminance, and more, with the highlights being the killer live reviews of the classic Suffocation, Obituary, and Deicide tours from that year.


Pit Magazine #8 (Colorado, USA) 1992

Pit Magazine #8 (Colorado, USA) 1992, Editor: “Wendy Perelstein”

A massive update here….Pit Magazine was published by Mosh Pit Records, a metal record store out of Colorado Springs, Colorado, that is sadly missed. Their magazine started in the late 80s and ran into the 90s with ambitions of being a national magazine of sorts, and they eventually did get okay distribution, but in essence it was really just a nice pro-printed, national zine – and that is what made it cool (It seems there is also still some online presence, as they have a facebook page and an outdated website, yet I think the last print issue was put out about 5 years ago…I could be wrong).

With better content and interviews than most national mags, it was packed with all the relevant bands and more. This issue was no exception, featuring an interview with Metallica-Jason Newsted when the Black album dropped (talking about their songwriting and change), Bolt Thrower (!!!), Nick Menza around “Rust in Peace” era-Megadeth, Chris Barnes from Cannibal Corpse talking about serial killers and why he hates (hated?) Phil from Sacred Reich, Godflesh, Autopsy, Necroticism-era Carcass, Soundgarden, Solitude Aeturnus, Blessed are the Sick-era Morbid Angel interview with Dave Vincent, Anacrusis, an extended interview with Pete Steele for the CarnivoreType O Negative fans, the Hoffman Brothers of Deicide, Exhorder, Immolation, Coroner, Entombed, Cancer, Grave, Gorguts, Napalm Death, Obituary, Unleashed, and many more.