Metal History Through Fanzines

Destruction (GER)

Slayer #16 (Norway) 2001

Slayer #16 (Norway) 2001. Editor: “Metalion”

Early 2000’s issue of this long running ultimo-classic from Norway by the one and only Metalion. Interviews, photos, adverts and features with Aborym, Sodom, Equimanthorn, Blood Storm, Bloodthorn, Dekapitator,King Fowley, Desaster, Destruction, Wacken 2001, Dracena, Merciless Records, Exumer, Absu, Hemlock, Holy Moses, MLO Misantropiska Lucifer Orden , Impiety, Nifelheim, Pentacle, Pentagram (CH), Razor, Sadistik Exekution, Warlord records and more…

 


Battlefield #5 (GER) 1985 (auf Deutsch)

Battlefield #5 (GER) 1985. Editor: “Markus Zimmerman” (auf Deutsch)

Another mid-80s classic from D-land, with interviews, live reviews, and features on Agent Steel, Tankard, At War, Cryptic Slaughter, Death, Sons of Satan, Desaster Area, Exodus, Helloween, Destruction, Hallows Eve, Jag Panzer, Metallica, Hirax, Dark Angel, Kreator, Messiah, Samhain (GER), Possessed, Slaughter (CAN), Angel Dust, Savage Grace, Sodom, Slayer, Venom, Exodus, Atomkraft, Violent Force and more…thanks to Battlefild-Magazine.de. PDF up in DL section.

 


Brain Damage #1 (USA – CA) 1984

Brain Damage #1 (USA – CA) 1984. Editors: Vadim Rubin” and “Ron Nieto”

Out of Long Beach, CA with help from Gene Hoglan (Dark Angel) and others, this zine features some rare photos, insights and  playlists from the very pivotal year of 1984. Interesting also Slayer is called “black metal”- just shows you how interchangeable all the terms were at the time (before certain sub-genres separated themselves)…check out the reviews as well for Mantas’ demo, among others…[Thanks to the original scanner, this was forwarded to me by a supporter of the archive]. Features and interviews with Hirax, Destruction, Dark Angel, Death Angel, Celtic Frost, Jag Panzer, Mercyful Fate, Omen, Overkill, Possessed and Voivod.


Raise the Dead #1 (Germany) 1984

Raise the Dead #1 (Germany) 1984. Editors: “Timo Weber” (auf Deutsch)

Lots of history packed in this one. Whether you can read German or not, it is still worth a gander for the original artwork from Away (Voivod) and the early Death feature…one of the earliest I have ever seen (on their first Death by Metal demo). Also interviews, info and/or features with Acid, Iron Angel, Overkill, Tankard, Celtic Frost, Destruction, Exciter, Hirax, Liege Lord, Sodom, Metallica, Motorhead, Nasty Savage, Artillery, Venom, Overdose, Mania, Vortex, Sons of Satan, Steel Assassin, Whiplash, Zoetrope, and more… [PDF up in DL section]


Trasher #4 (Germany) Sept. 1987. (auf Deutsch)

Trasher #4 (Germany) Sept. 1987. Editor: “Ulrich Esser” (auf Deutsch)

german zine from 87, MANY great reviews and interviews….in German! If you can not read it, it is still a great look-through. Features interviews/adverts/reviews with Anthem, Atomkraft, Agent Steel, Nuclear Assault, Bathory, Bulldozer, Carnivore, Chastain (Advert – remember him?!), Destruction ‘guess the band’, the Dynamo Festival (NETH), Judas Priest (advert), King Diamond, Living Death, Motorhead, Oz, Riot, Possessed, Sodom, Testament and much more….[Danke S.L for the scan!]

 

 

 


Speed Attack #2 (Germany) 1985 (auf Deutsch)

Speed Attack #2 (Germany) 1985. (auf Deutsch) Editors: “Michael Trengert and Peter Zohren”

Second issue of this German zine featured last month, released in the year of 1985. Again, one of the editors was Michael Trengert, who went on to be one of the Summer Breeze Festival (GER) organizers and also a former European manager of Metal Blade Records, and recently passed away. Just a great layout, very readable (if you can read German) and featuring both underground German favorites as well as future stars, including Metallica, Megadeth, Exodus, Slayer, Destruction, Zoetrope, Enforcer, Hallows Eve, Iron Angel, Mercyful Fate, Monolith (Italy), Avenger, Omen, Possessed, Sacred Rite, Steel Vengeance, Tankard, Overkill, Voivod, and more…

 

 


Speed Attack #1 (Germany) 1984 (auf Deutsch)

Speed Attack #1 (Germany) 1984. (auf Deutsch) Editors: “Michael Trengert, Peter Zohren and Tomo Dolevic”

Early German zine released in the year of 1984. One of the editors was notably Michael Trengert, who went on to be one of the Summer Breeze Festival (GER) organizers and also a former European manager of Metal Blade Records. He recently died after a long battle with illness, so this goes out to him, in the metal afterlife. Features Hellhammer (in transition to Celtic Frost), Destruction, Battleaxe, Mania, pics of Mercyful Fate and Metallica, a Loudness live review, Overdose (GER), Running Wild, Vortex (NETH), Martyr (NETH), Stormwitch, Warlock, Venom, Grave Digger, Acid, and more.


Battlefield #6 (GER) 1986 (auf Deutsch)

Battlefield #6 (GER) 1986. Editors: “Armin Nolzen” and “Bernd Backhaus” (auf Deutsch)

Speed/thrash/crossover classic zine from Germany, a mid-80s DIY beast with interviews and write-ups on many great bands in their demo-days/first album-era – including Detente, Death, Onslaught, Heresy, Concrete Sox, Holy Terror, Lethal Aggression, Assassin, Poison (Ger), Excel, Desexult, Kreator/Destruction/Rage live review, Negazione, Sacrifice, Schizo, Voivod, Heathen, Raw Power and more (THX B.B.!).


Brain Damage Zine #2 (California, USA) 1985

Brain Damage Zine #2 (California, USA) 1985. Editors: “Vadim Rubin, Mike Rubenstein, and Ron Nieto”

The second issue from this classic zine out of Long Beach. My fav. part of this one is the ‘no posers’ Celtic Frost Drummer ad. Features and interviews from Bathory, Celtic Frost, C.O.C., Dark Angel, Death, Destruction, Possessed, Sodom, etc. Cheers again to Adrian at Pest Webzine for sending over the scans.

 


Brain Damage Zine #1 (California, USA) 1984

Brain Damage Zine #1 (California, USA) 1984. Editors: “Vadim Rubin and Ron Nieto”

Here is classic from Long Beach – straight from the dawn of the underground. Thanks to Adrian at Pest Webzine for sending these scans over and helping me get a post up despite me being away from home for another 10 days. This issue has write-ups on Slayer, Mercyful Fate, Overkill, Omen, Destruction, Hirax (interview), Death Angel, Celtic Frost, etc.

 


Metal Forces #27 (UK) 1988

Metal Forces #27 (UK) 1988. Editor: “Bernard Doe”

Okay, so Metal Forces was certainly not a fanzine, yet it still deserves archival status. 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. With that said, I will be featuring scans of Metal Forces semi-regularly alongside the DIY zines. This issue features  a cover story on Australia’s Mortal Sin, interviews with Agnostic Front, Blind Illusion (pre-Primus), a young Testament, Destruction, and Venom. Tons of cool label ads (like the back cover for Manic Ears Recordscheck out their story here), and a year-end poll to give you an idea of where things were headed at the end of 1987. Finally, there is an interesting interview with Martin Ain of Celtic Frost, that discusses among other things touring, the then just-released “Into the Pandemonium,” and Tom Warrior’s ongoing feud with a Metal Force’s writer.


METAL MELTDOWN ZINE (Maryland, USA) Aug/Sept 1989

Metal Meltdown Aug/Sept 1989. Vol 3, No. 2. (Maryland, USA), Editor: Jeff VanderClute

Featuring interviews with Destruction, Obituary, Indestroy, and Exmortis