Metal History Through Fanzines

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Blasphemous #2 (Greece) 1992

Blasphemous #2 (Greece) 1992. Editors: “Morbid”, “John”, “Stephan” and “Photis”

Second issue of this cult Greek zine, overflowing with exaltations and inebriations most foul and horrendous! with Abysmal, Lemegethon, Acheron, Amorphis, Winged, Ancient Rites, Edge of Sanity, At the Gates, Afflicted, Black Prophecies, Tormentor, Blood, Bolt Thrower, Solitude, Cartilage, Ceremonial Oath, Emperor, Crematorium, Demigod, Putrid Offal, Demoncy, Obsecration, Desultory, Nocturnal Death, Enslaver, Epitaph, Mutation, Excidium, Fester, Decay, Impaled Nazarene, Mourning, My Dying Bride, Necrophobic, Order From Chaos, Nergal, Possessed, Bestial Summoning, Sadist, Profanatica, Sentenced, Chorus of Ruin, Sinister, Enslaved, The Gathering, Armoured Angel, Thergothon, Tiamat, Abruptum, Unholy and more…again, thanks to the Profane swamp goat for sharing!

 

 


The Black Montanas Of Thy Septentrio #1 (United States, TX) October, 1993.

The Black Montanas Of Thy Septentrio #1 (United States, TX) October, 1993. Editors: “Equitant” and “Proscriptor”

A massive volume representative of everything mystical and ethereal about the early 1990s black metal underground. Based in Texas and produced by Equitant & Proscriptor from Absu, this zine is a document of an era; packed with not only interviews, but also with tons of newsletters and pages and pages of fliers (many of which were circulating the underground at the time, and some I have never seen before). Thanks to Equitant for scanning this and sending it over. Features, interviews, fliers with Zemial, Necromantia, Agatus, Rotting Christ, Varathron, Twilight, Grand Belial’s Key, Mortuary Drape, Ancient Rites, Chris Moyen, Lemegothon, Impaled Nazarene, Beherit, Divine Eve, Countess, Absymal, Vital Remains, Ungod, Emperor, Darkthrone, Enslaved, Burzum, Abruptum, Immortal, Master’s Hammer, Moonspell, Samael, Sarcofago, Celtic Frost, Liars in Wait, Sigh, Profanatica, Incantation, Thou Shalt Suffer, Occult, Blasphemy, Absu, Equimanthorn, Order From Chaos, Demoncy, Osmose Productions, Deathlike Silence, Decapitated Records and much more…


Descent #1 (USA) May,1994

Descent #1 (USA) May, 1994. Editor: “Steve O’Malley”

Descent: An excellent offering from the mid-90s focusing primarily on black, dark and darker-oriented death metal [NOTE: While I included this issue on SBMS to make it searchable and ‘research’able in the broader archive, the editor (Steve O’Malley) actually has all of the issues online as PDF’s (along with autobiographical notes) on his website Ideologic.] Includes interviews with Burzum, Emperor, Accursed, Beyond Dawn, Solemn, In The Woods…, Necrophobic, Sigh, Bestial Warlust, Manes, Savior, Mangled, Nagual Mag., Immolation, a feature on Gorgoroth, as well as an essay on Heathenism in Classical Music, a US scene report and reviews.

 

 


The Art of Necronomicon #3 (Austria) 1995

The Art of Necronomicon #3 (Austria) 1995. Editors: “P.K” and “Graf Daemon Van Zazas

Austrian black metal-only zine put out by Peter from Abigor, and Graf of (the Austrian) Nefarius, with a number of essays on Satanism, as well as interviews and/or features with Ancient, Behemoth, Black Funeral, Darkness Enshroud, Crimson Arcanium, Demoniac, Faust (Emperor), Forgotten Woods, Grand Belial’s Key, Infernum, Nefarius, Nebelburg, The Black Order, Summoning, Tumulus, and more. Cheers to the Dark Legions for archiving this.

 


Pure Fucking Hell #2 (FIN) 1994

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.

 


The Oath #1 (IRE) 1993

The Oath #1 (IRE) 1993. Editor: “Alan Averill”

This zine from Primordial vocalist Alan (aka A.A. Nemtheanga) is a time capsule of rabid, underground enthusiasm. Sincere, honest commentary, essays etc. Those were exciting days indeed…with reviews, a Danish scene report, interviews and features on Acheron, Afterlife (IRE), Fifth Dominion, Emperor, Gorgon, Impaled Nazarene, Sentenced, Misanthrope, Moratorium, Disaster Area, Necromantia, Nightfall, Rotting Christ, Sceptical Schizo, Therion and more…(thx to deathmetal.org for sharing).

 


Petrified #2 (USA – Florida) Winter, 1993

Petrified #2 (USA – Florida) Winter, 1993. Editor: “Thorns (Sentis)”

Another one from Full Moon Productions’ zine extension (courtesy of the scanning work from Tezcat from the NWN! board – many thanks/gracias) This one is also very timely, packed with tons of interviews/features/reviews from the pivotal underground year of 1993, including Absu, Behemoth, Black Crucifixion, Carbonized, Skeletal Earth, Cradle of Filth, Emperor, Equinox, Gorgoroth, Impaled Nazarene, Immortal, Mortiis, Necromantia, Occult, Pan-Thy-Monium, Opeth, Primordial, Profanatica, Sinister, Necrony, Typhon, Blod, Unholy, and more…

 

 


Petrified #3 (USA – Florida) 1994

Petrified #3 (USA – Florida) 1994. Editor: “Thorns (Sentis)”

Full Moon Productions’ zine extension, and quite a timely one this is. Black metal to the core with many informative and insightful interviews, including Algaion, Ancient, Burzum, Behemoth, Bard Faust (Emperor), Gehenna, Graveland, Hades (NOR), In the Woods, Katatonia, Primordial, Throne of Ahaz, Vlad Tepes, Varathron, Morningstar, and TONS of reviews. THANKS to Asmodian Coven (via) passetiermes (via) NWN! cheers.

 

 

 


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.


Witchcraft #2 (Germany) 1993

Witchcraft #2 (Germany) 1993. Editors: “Stefan Löns”

This is the second issue of this German zine (in English) that focused more on the black/doom scene (but not exclusively). Interesting and early interviews/features with Beherit, Belial, Phlegethon, Damnatory, Deathlike Silence Productions, Emperor, Fester, Greek Scene Report, Marduk, Mortuary drape, Occult, Order From Chaos, Sadist, Thergothon, New World Symphony Records, and more. (Thanks Stefan).

The cover of the zine is Emperor, live in Liverpool, UK (1993).


Witchcraft #1 (Germany) 1993

Witchcraft #1 (Germany) 1993. Editor: “Stefan Löns”

This issue from Germany (in English) featured a (mostly) darker, black and black/death/doom focus — right on time for a number foundational bands’ first and second albums. Miasma from Austria are on the cover (who released their debut through Lethal Records back then). Features Samael, Emperor, Immortal, Dark Tranquillity, Ancient Rites, Bethlehem, Avulsed, Unholy, Impaled Nazarene (always fun!), Martyrium (pre-Secrets of the Moon), Necrotion, Profanatica, as well as features or classic ads on Eihal Records, Lethal Records, Mayhemic Death Dist., Osmose and more. (Thanks Stefan).


Tales of the Macabre #1 (Germany) 1993

Tales of the Macabre #1  (Germany) 1993. Editor: “Costa Stoios

This zine of Germany featured many prominent ‘early’ black metal contributions and is heavy on the dark/atmospheric genres of the early 90’s overall. The editor (Stoios) apparently also ran/runs Iron Pegasus records. Features and interviews include Beherit, Barathrum, Ancient Rites, Behemoth, Emperor, Immortal, Burzum, Osmose Productions, Gorgoroth, In the Woods, Mortuary Drape, Rotting Christ, Sigh, Nocturnal Rites, and more.