Metal History Through Fanzines

Excel (US)

Ultranoize #2 (USA) 1987

Ultranoize #2 (USA) 1987. Ed. “Bill Parker”

Another gem from a great year, packed with metal, crossover and more. With Dream Death, DRI, Excel, Fates Warning, Final Conflict, Fear Itself, Bloodcum, Glitter Witch, Hallows Eve, Half Off, Heibel, Leeway, Life Sentence, Loss For Words, MDC, Medieval, Mr. Ugly, Natas, Nuclear Assault, Pedifile, Phantasm (CA), Post Morten, Reguritation, Revelation, Skitzo, Social Decay, The Creeps, The Dehumanizers and more… thanks to Bill Parker for sending it over.

 

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Battlefield #6 (GER) 1986 (auf Deutsch)

Battlefield #6 (GER) 1986. Editors: “Armin Nolzen” and “Bernd Backhaus” (auf Deutsch)

Speed/thrash/crossover classic zine from Germany, a mid-80s DIY beast with interviews and write-ups on many great bands in their demo-days/first album-era – including Detente, Death, Onslaught, Heresy, Concrete Sox, Holy Terror, Lethal Aggression, Assassin, Poison (Ger), Excel, Desexult, Kreator/Destruction/Rage live review, Negazione, Sacrifice, Schizo, Voivod, Heathen, Raw Power and more (THX B.B.!).


Ripping Headaches #12 (US-France) 1990

Ripping Headaches #12 (US-France) 1990, Editors: “Bruce Davis” and “Chris Aubert”

Here is a contribution from Chris Aubert, who helped out and co-edited the Ripping Headaches zine from France, while Bruce did his job from Florida (and a great time to be in Florida for sure!) Along with the scans, which include killer show reviews and interviews with Excel, Incubus, Pungent Stench, Derketa, and Assuck, among others, I asked Chris a few questions…here is what he had to say…

Well actually it was Bruce Davis who started the zine in Tampa, FL in the mid 80’s. I was on my side having this zine called Sprash Core Mag in Paris, France with two friends. We did two issues in English then I wanted to move international haha so I joined forces with Bruce who was in Tampa, remember all great bands from that area? Morbid Angel, Death, Cynic, Obituary, Nocturnus… I had to be in contact with him! I saw one of his little ad inserted in some other zine, so I dropped him a letter and started to become more and more involved into it. As a co-editor we did together issues 8 till 14 in Feb. ’91.

During that time, we wrote thousands of letters, traded huge amount of tapes and reviewed as much as we could, always keeping the fanzine spirit alive and never selling our souls to record industry (once powerful).
 We had contributors from the U.S. of course, Germany, Norway (Gylve “Fenriz” from Darkthrone), Drew Elliott (New Renaissance Records fave artist, check cover of our #8: amazing!), Mexico… A real team work, Bruce was getting all stuff in and was handling typing/layout.


Standing in line at the post office may be the reason why I did not have enough time to go after girls back then, I mean I was always either taping stuff, reviewing, sending int’s, getting ready for a show OR standing in line there.
 I never collected or saved these letters. Only flyers of concerts (still have thousands of them), tapes of course and records. I used to get tons of zines in the mail to trade for ours (sales were poor, barely none, but trading was huge in these days, everyone had his own zine and would request yours), but the zines are gone. I sold them, around 400-500 before the Myspace/Facebook revival. Now I think that was a mistake, so many cool reviews, interviews got spread around… It would have been nice to get them all scanned and posted on pages here and there. Like you’re doing bro! Truly a great idea!
 I just have the Ripping Headaches and Sprash Core Mag issues here left.
  As for the letters one should notice a great site on here where a friend had the idea to post originals… Check it here

Chris Aubert (2012)