Metal History Through Fanzines

Extreme Noise Terror (UK)

Battlefield #7 (GER) 1987 (auf Deutsch)

Battlefield #7 (GER) 1987. Editor: “Armin Nolzen” and “Bernd Backhaus” (auf Deutsch)

Leaning even more towards hardcore and grind, but still with plenty of metal….with interviews, live reviews and features on Atavistic, Chronic Fear, Extreme Noise Terror, Corrupted Morals, CPD, Cyclone, Death of God, Darkness, Living Death, Destruction, Heresy, Heibel, Guillotine, Napalm Death, Overkill, Helloween, Thanatos, The Accused, Prong, Soothsayer, LSN, tons of record reviews and more. Thank Bernd B(!).

 


Phoenix Militia #7 (UK) 1987

Phoenix Militia #7 (UK) 1987. Editor: “Bill Steer”

Many thanks to Bernd B. again for a great contribution! This time it is the mega-classic from Bill Steer’s teenage years  –  be sure to check out the sincere and insightful editorial (btw this issue was photocopied and stapled 3 times from the front, which made it a very delicate operation to scan without splitting the pages, so some page-scans are unfortunately right on the border of the text). This issue features Bill’s influences heavily, stemming from both crossover/punk and metal, such as a very early demo-era incarnation of Napalm Death (before Bill was in the band), Hellbastard, an early interview with Jason Newsted (right after joining Metallica), Rapt, Desexult, Larm, Poison (GER) Anthrax, Discharge, Mace, Cryptic Slaughter and Extreme Noise Terror, plus write-ups and reviews on many others.

[edit Sept.27, 2016,  a note from a reader: just to give proper credits..Bill originally did a zine called “Violence & Force”, probably only 1 issue circa 1985. Pheonix Miltia/FTC was Pek and Middie’s creation..which they started in 1983 as a H.C. Punk zine but started covering Metal from the 5th issue on, Bill joined them at this point an maybe contributed the most in the later issues, but he didn’t start this fanzine.]


Message From the Gutter #1 (Germany) Oktober, 1987 (Auf Deutsch)

Message From the Gutter #1 (Germany) Oktober, 1987. Editors: “Markus Staiger” and “Martin Purr” (Auf Deutsch)

Message From the Gutter – the zine from Nuclear Blast Records’ head guy Markus Staiger from 1987 (along with Martin Purr of Cyclone Empire Records). This issue represented very much the punk/hardcore/grind roots of the label, features (for those who can read German) a very cool travel diary from July ’87 to NYC and elsewhere, also interviews with Attitude Adjustment, Cancerous Growth, Impulse Manslaughter, Extreme Noise Terror, Marginal Man, No Fraud, Septic Death, Slaughter, SOD – Sound of Disaster (SWE) , and more. *(Thanks to Bernd B. for the contribution!).