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.
Pure Fucking Hell #2 (FIN) 1994. Editor: “Pete Ilvespakka”
Zine from former Depravity (among other acts) bassist ‘Pete’ Ilvespakka, features a number of highly regarded early 90s underground icons, including No Fashion Records, Enslaved, Emperor, Varathron, Deranged, Merciless, Mortuary Drape, Occult, Order From Chaos, Pungent Stench, Tormentor (HUN), Beherit, Ancient Rites, and much more. Credit and thanks to deathmetal.org and original scanner/owner.
Thrash Em All #1.4 (Poland) 1992 (in Polish) Editor: “Mariusz Kmiolek”
Another issue of Thrash Em All from Poland (thanks again to Pawel). Features some really cool live/band shots I have not seen before, from the likes of Bolt Thrower, Samael and Nocturnus among others, as well as features/interviews/pics on Vader, Believer, Betrayer, Earache Records, Dead Head, Edge of Sanity, Dismember, Gorefest, Magnus, Nausea, Pan-Thy-Monium, Old Funeral, Pantera, Confessor, Solitude (USA-DE), Epidemic, Tiamat, and more…
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.
SOD – Sounds of Death (Missouri, USA) #3, Summer 1993. Editor: “David Horn”
Like the issue #2 which I posted up a while back (see archives to the right), this is again sort of ‘in between’ a zine and magazine. David Horn’s eventually long-running Sounds Of Death still remained ambitious, and this time around it is packed with original art contributions from Cannibal Corpse cover artist Vincent Locke. Featuring pro-print, color cover, while keeping the underground feel, this issue also has an interview with Locke, along with Brujeria, Dismember, Cancer (nice tour story from their US tour with Deicide and Demolition Hammer), Venom (with trash talk on good old Raven), Kataklysm, Morbid Angel, and Vader. Lastly, TONS of cool record label ads.
Word of Mouth Zine (PA, USA) #3 Oct 1995. Editor: “Chris Maycock”
This was a brief, digest-sized zine out of Pennsylvania, but the interviews are exceptional and informative. With just four bands in this one, it covered Sentenced and Tiamat as they both grew further away from their death-metal roots (with Wildhoney, and Amok, respectively), an interview with Fred from Dismember as “Massive Killing Capacity” dropped, and a VERY enlightening one with Marten from Meshuggah just after the release of “Destroy, Erase, Improve.”
Slayer Zine #7 (Norway). 1989. Editor: “Metalion”
To again celebrate the release of Metalion’s book, I unearthed the last copy of Slayer Zine in my possession, # 7 from 1989. This issue is an almost complete reflection of everything that was fresh and exciting about the underground at the time, featuring interviews with many ‘future titans’ in their demo days and/or on their first album. As always, encased with great DIY artwork and layout, highlights include Nihilist, Napalm death (Bill Steer!), Autopsy, Atheist, Morbid Angel (Best answer from Dave Vincent: “I personally love to play fast, so until my arm fell off, I want to play faster and faster as it is fun.” ), a SUPER long interview with Jeff from Carcass, Bolt Thrower, Merciless, and more.
Diarium Autopsia # 2 (Finland) 1992. Editors: Heidi Lipsanen and Sonja Kangas
This fantastic, yet short lived zine was stapled and photocopied, but read and felt like a professional. From Finland, yet written in great English, it focused on the Finnish scene extensively (with fun pre-Rotten Sound interview with Vomiturition, and other stuff like Mordicus and Belial). Also features cool interviews with early Swedish notables like Afflicted and Liars in Wait (w/ Kristian Wahlin), and the interview with Mike Patton/Mr. Bungle is pretty exceptional. Plus Thromdarr, Rot, Uncanny, Sentenced, Pestigore, Paradise Lost, Napalm Death, The Corpse Grinders, Lubricant, Incantation, Exempt, Dismember, Decomposed, Ancient Rites, Amorphis and more..