Metal History Through Fanzines

Derketa (US)

Never Believe #1 (Sweden) 1990

Never Believe #1 (Sweden) 1990. Editors: “Magnus Forsberg” and “Johan Axelsson”

Compact zine from Johan Axelsson/Liiva and Magnus Forsberg, with features and interviews with Exulceration, Macabre End (God Macabre), Unleashed, Cadaver, Therapy, Skull, Dissection, Psychowards, Derketa, Necrophobic, Suffer, Authorize, Darkthrone, GGFH, reviews, and more…thx to org. scanner/deathmetal.org archive

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Ripping Headaches #12 (US-France) 1990

Ripping Headaches #12 (US-France) 1990, Editors: “Bruce Davis” and “Chris Aubert”

Here is a contribution from Chris Aubert, who helped out and co-edited the Ripping Headaches zine from France, while Bruce did his job from Florida (and a great time to be in Florida for sure!) Along with the scans, which include killer show reviews and interviews with Excel, Incubus, Pungent Stench, Derketa, and Assuck, among others, I asked Chris a few questions…here is what he had to say…

Well actually it was Bruce Davis who started the zine in Tampa, FL in the mid 80’s. I was on my side having this zine called Sprash Core Mag in Paris, France with two friends. We did two issues in English then I wanted to move international haha so I joined forces with Bruce who was in Tampa, remember all great bands from that area? Morbid Angel, Death, Cynic, Obituary, Nocturnus… I had to be in contact with him! I saw one of his little ad inserted in some other zine, so I dropped him a letter and started to become more and more involved into it. As a co-editor we did together issues 8 till 14 in Feb. ’91.

During that time, we wrote thousands of letters, traded huge amount of tapes and reviewed as much as we could, always keeping the fanzine spirit alive and never selling our souls to record industry (once powerful).
 We had contributors from the U.S. of course, Germany, Norway (Gylve “Fenriz” from Darkthrone), Drew Elliott (New Renaissance Records fave artist, check cover of our #8: amazing!), Mexico… A real team work, Bruce was getting all stuff in and was handling typing/layout.


Standing in line at the post office may be the reason why I did not have enough time to go after girls back then, I mean I was always either taping stuff, reviewing, sending int’s, getting ready for a show OR standing in line there.
 I never collected or saved these letters. Only flyers of concerts (still have thousands of them), tapes of course and records. I used to get tons of zines in the mail to trade for ours (sales were poor, barely none, but trading was huge in these days, everyone had his own zine and would request yours), but the zines are gone. I sold them, around 400-500 before the Myspace/Facebook revival. Now I think that was a mistake, so many cool reviews, interviews got spread around… It would have been nice to get them all scanned and posted on pages here and there. Like you’re doing bro! Truly a great idea!
 I just have the Ripping Headaches and Sprash Core Mag issues here left.
  As for the letters one should notice a great site on here where a friend had the idea to post originals… Check it here

Chris Aubert (2012)

 


Chainsaw Abortions #2 (NY, USA) 1990

Chainsaw Abortions #2 (NY, USA) 1990. Editor “Brian Pattison”

This zine out of upstate NY was sent over (and edited by) by Brian Pattison, who you may also know as the guy (who along with Alan Moses) put out the Glorious Times pictorial-history book of the death metal underground (see the video review below). This issue has some timely interviews with Morbid Angel (w/ Dave, right after Altars of Madness), Obituary (pre-Cause of Death), Sacrifice (as Soldier of Misfortune was released), Derketa, demo era- Malevolent Creation, Carbonized and Grave, as well as tons of cool ads and record label promos.


Deathvomit Zine #2 (US) 1990

Deathvomit Zine #2 (US) 1990. Editor: Jeff McClelland

This printed, stapled zine comes from the Virgina side of Washington DC, pressed and edited by Jeff McClelland, who if I am not mistaken was also vocalist in the band Doomstone (featuring members of Deceased). The cover was an original drawing by a guy named Tom Harrison, and the back cover shows that I have here a hand-stamped “issue #108.” When you look inside you immediately notice the odd choice of colors that run through the zine, with the yellow heading/font being the hardest on the eyes- I can imagine he was not happy when he got these back from the press. But with all zines of the era, the content and interviews is what matters, and this issue is a historical goldmine for the underground.

Featuring VERY EARLY interviews and/or articles on Mortician, Tiamat, early Polish pioneers Imperator (best quote to read in Polish accent: “We had some nice gigs lately together with a lot of slammers, divers and we had alcohol/sex after shows“). As well as Amputation (pre-Immortal), Afflicted Convulsion (pre-Afflicted), Macrodex, “Cromlech” demo-era Darkthrone interview with Gylve Nagell (aka Fenriz), Rotting Christ, Gorefest, Nun Slaughter, Asphyx, Therion, Crematory, Abhorrence (pre-Amorphis), an Old Funeral article, and much more.