Metal History Through Fanzines

Equitant (US)

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…

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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…