Metal History Through Fanzines

Deicide (US)

Crematory Zine #1 (Czechoslovakia) 1992

Crematory Zine #1 (Czechoslovakia) (1992) Editor: “Kerry” (in Slovak)

Slovakian zine from 1992, released in 1993. Has many of the classics in their prime. Although not much to read if you don’t know Slovak, the design is nice and features some band photos I have not seen elsewhere. Interviews and short features with Acheron, Amon, Beherit, Amorphis, Derketa, Mythic, Sentenced, Bolt Thrower, Carcass, Cenotaph, Darkthrone, Dismember, Entombed, Funebre, Malediction, Mayhem, Deceased, Xysma, Damnatory, Varathron, Unleashed, Bestial Summoning, Incantation, Putrid Offal and more.

The Editor of this zine also released two compilation tapes, Carnage vol.1 & vol.2 (thanks Daniel M. for sharing).

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 http://corvusdiscos.cl/label_retrospectiva.htm

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!
http://corvusdiscos.cl/homeUND!.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.

 


SOD – Sounds of Death (Missouri, USA) #2 Winter 1993

SOD – Sounds of Death (Missouri, USA) #2 Winter 1993. Editor: “David Horn”

Sort of in between a zine and magazine, David Horn’s eventually long-running Sounds Of Death started off ambitious right away. Featuring pro-print, color cover, and a nice design from Dan Zimmer, it had an underground feel, without the mainstream nonsense that often polluted bigger magazines at the time. This issue is no exception. First off, there is original art on the cover, in haunting full-color from the legendary Dan Seagrave, coupled with an extensive interview inside…also I did not know he sold a portfolio (see ad below) that would be excellent to see today…anyone have it?

Also, we have a “time capsule” interview with James and Lars from Metallica, before “Kill em All” was released, from their 1983 tour. They state that they were 19 years old….wow. The city was New York, and they were opening for Venom. They get into the split with Mustaine extensively, their influences, Armored Saint, and touring, among other things.

Lastly, there is reprint of the press release for Deicide concerning the bomb that went off at their gig in Stockholm in 1992. Also, on that note, in the lengthy Cannibal Corpse interview with Chris Barnes, he discusses his adventures with Benton tagging along while he harasses Christians at a mall in Wisconsin. Speaking of God, there is an interview with Living Sacrifice, tons of cool ads, and Demolition Hammer.


Slayer #8 (Norway) 1991

Slayer #8 (Norway) 1991. Editor: Jon “Metalion” Kristiansen (highlights)

Present at the creation, this is perhaps the most famous death/black metal zine ever out of Europe. This long-running example of underground gold was seemingly always packed with the best and most notable interviews, surrounded by top-notch DIY art and layout, on great pro-print. It really speaks for itself, and for die-hards I highly recommend the recent hardback pressing of the final issue, as well as the “Slayer Mag Diaries” due out in June from Bazillion Points.