Metal History Through Fanzines

Eternal Darkness (SWE)

Balance of Terror #3 (Canada, 1991)

Balance of Terror #3 (Victoria, BC, Canada) 1991. Editor: “Trev Jarvis”

(UPDATED) With interviews/features/mentions on Impetigo, Inverted, Agothocles, Bolt Thrower,  Impaled Nazarene, Dark Tranquility, Hexx, Nuclear Death, Funeral Oration, Putrid (pre- God Forsaken), Wench, Raped Ape, Eldritch Horror, Ringworm, Impaled Nazarene and Demilich (check out those very early pics), plus letters and reviews, a feature on the Ku Klux Klan’s history, Demi Moore (?), the Loch Ness Monster, Out From the Underground Zine, cool ads from Wild Rags, Itsen, Relapse and more and an editorial on “Rip Offs Killing the Scene.” A centerfold with Dutch band Eternal Nightmare, and a very young “Ultimate Incantation”-ish era Vader is featured on the cover (yet are not featured inside)…PDF up as well.

 


Chamber of Sorrow Zine #4 (Wisconsin, USA) 1993

Chamber of Sorrow Zine  #4 (Wisconsin, USA) 1993. Editors: “Jason Verhagen and T.J. Rappel”

I was feeling a bit nice this evening after having downed a few Imperial Stouts, so after looking through this long forgotten gem, I was stunned to find a plethora (or should I say inordinate amount) of amazing demo reviews. This issue is simply stacked with page after page of what amounts to a “who’s who” of second generation underground death, black, doom and more. This issue is quite a fun read, just leaf through the reviews and it’s a trip down memory lane, not just for the bands that got ‘big’ after this era, but for the bands that did not. Lots of lost demo glory here. On top of that, there are interviews with Paradise Lost, Liers in Wait, Evocation, Demilich, Throne of Ahaz, Amorphis, Vomitory, God Forsaken, Pitch Shifter, My Dying Bride, Katatonia, and more. Great layout, fantastic original art, and killer vibe.