Metal History Through Fanzines

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Rockcor (Russia) #9, 1995 (in Russian)

Rockcor (Russia) #9, 1995. Editor: ?

This is one of the few older Russian publications I have, so if you can not read it, enjoy the pics. I also checked and it seems this is being published again in some newer, modern form. Either way, interviews and features with Pantera, Darkthrone, Dismember, Deadworld, Dying Fetus, Rage, Mercyful Fate, Necropsychosis, Leukemia, and more.

 

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Dauthus Zine #1 (Sweden) 1996

Dauthus Zine #1 (Sweden) 1996, Editor: “Timo Ketola”

This zine has a sort of ‘cult’ following these days, and its well deserved. Herra Ketola obviously put untold hours of blood and brains into his zines, with exceptional and witty writing, original layouts, and aesthetic taste that was rare among the multitude of zines that had come before (and after), with only a handful achieving this creative plateau. Perhaps Herra Ketola might forgive the crass re-representation here, as these scans  can not do justice to the warm, ‘analog’ feel of holding this zine in one’s hands. This is hand-numbered copy #227, and the beauty is indeed in the details. Some have  complained about the difficult to read “Fraktur” font, and while it is small, the work one ultimately must put into engaging the writing is also part of the reward (in a sense). This is one that you might want to print out and read either way. This issue features interviews with artist SV Bell, A Mind Confused (later Kaamos), Sepulchral Voice Zine’s creator, Equimanthorn (+Absu+Equitant), Impetigo, The Equinox of the Gods, Dying Fetus (…with ‘yours truly’), Cruachan, Moonspell, and many more, as well as a feature on W.A.R. Records, a cool write-up on historic and/or interesting cemeteries, and much more fun in the details and margins…seek and ye shall find…

 


Katopetia Zine#1 (Czech Republic) Spring 1999

Katopetia Zine#1 (Czech Republic) Spring 1999, Editor: “Zdenek Simecek”

This late 1990s zine out of Czech Republic reflected the surge of ‘brutal’ American-style death metal that was dominant in the underground at the time. The editor was and still is from the Czech band Godless Truth, and his professed adoration for all things brutal death metal is all over the place. So, with interviews featuring Devourment, Divine Empire, Dying Fetus, Entorturement, Internal Bleeding, Jungle Rot, Lividity, Morta Skuld, Neuraxis, Oppressor, Regurgitation, Prophecy, Skinned, Sickness, Ton, Wicked Innocence and more, you get the idea. MOSH!


Chainletter #16 (MD, USA) 1994

Chainletter #16 (MD, USA) 1994. Editor ” Mark Gonce”

Reliable and long running zine (see other entries on this site) out of Baltimore by Mark Gonce (also from the local MD band Corpsegrinder,yes,  the one where “George” got his start). Still going strong in late 1994, this issue features Dark Tranquillity, Samael, Mayhem, Dying Fetus, Kataklysm, Gutted, Pandemonium, Asphyx, Oppressor, Horror of Horrors, Inner Thought and Epidemic…


Subcide Zine #1 (Christchurch, NZ) 1994

Subcide Zine #1 (Christchurch, NZ) 1994. Hand Numbered Issue #66 – Editor: Chris Rigby

This debut issue of the New Zealand Fanzine was killer, focusing on the visiting Carcass’ shows and subsequent interview in NZ. Also features Internal Bleeding, Dying Fetus, Haemorrhage, Pungent Stench, Sigh, Angelkill, and Blood Duster: