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.
Loud ‘N’ Proud #1 (East Germany) 1990. Editor: “Andreas Schoewe” (auf Deutsch)
“Das Erste Hard Rock und Heavy Metal Journal der DDR” – Nice historical gem here. I was told (and it is also stated in the contents/credits) that this was the first hard rock/metal zine to come from the former East Germany (Rostock-Deutsche Demokratische Republik or DDR/GDR) prior to reunification. It appears it might be true, because for some reason this issue has a number of photos ‘redacted'(?), so perhaps it was censored before it was released? Who knows. Anyways, great snapshot of the German scene in the late 1980s with some Noise Records bands and others including Accept, B.O.R.N., Bonfire, Defcon, Hardholz, Kreator, Lanadrid, Mephisto, Noisehunter, Rage, Running Wild, Scorpions, Titan, U.D.O., Vice and a review of the X-Mas Metal Meeting in Dusseldorf on December 19, 1989, that featured Manowar, Saxon, Fates Warning, Sabbat and Lizzy Borden, plus album reviews. (Thanks to N. Barsch for sharing).
Disposable Underground #3 (VA, USA) 1991, Editor: “Richard Johnson”
Issue #2 of DI, out of the Virginia suburbs of Washington DC. Again, Rich was in early grind outfit Enemy Soil, prior to going on to playing in the likes of Agoraphobic Nosebleed and now Drugs of Faith. This long running zine can now be found online in downloadable format here, both new and old issues.
This issue has live reviews, adverts, reviews, opinions (one from Deceased guitarist Mike Smith) features and interviews with/on the Foundations Forum, Riki Rachtman, Slayer Zine, Cannibal Corpse, Atheist, Autopsy, Bolt Thrower, Coroner, Death, Dark Angel, Grave, Gorguts, Hexx, Fates Warning, Impetigo, Believer, Overkill, Queensryche, Pestilence, Relapse Records, Suffocation, Sacrifice, Unleashed, Century Media and much more…
Giants Lore #3 (Germany) Sept. 1990. Editor: “Eddi Ambrozi” (German)
From 1989 to 1991, I had a power metal band of sorts (or what was called ‘power metal’ then, something like half thrash and half metal…sort of like Savatage or Metal Church), and it was called Damnation. Pretty typical name, but it worked and we played numerous shows around the DC area, and on guitar we had John Gallagher (not of Raven!), who is NOW the vocalist/guitarist in Dying Fetus. Well, at the time I was in love with Fates Warning, and to me the greatest album ever was “Awaken the Guardian,” still an immortal classic. So when I saw an ad for this zine back in 1990, I sent them the Damnation demo, and got a copy of the zine in return, which was amazing because he sent it from Germany, and it was pro-printed. The guy was just way too nice, but in reality that is how the underground operated then.
“Giants Lore” was all in German, but I did not care, because the seven page feature with Fate’s Warning made me feel like I had some rare underground connection which one of my favorite bands. The guys at Giants Lore (named after a Fates Warning song) were also heavily into what was then a very young progressive metal movement, and if you can read German this is an essential issue (btw check out Jeff Wagner’s prog metal book “Mean Deviation” for more historic fun in that department). Also featured was my OTHER favorite band at the time…SABBAT! They were so ahead of their time, and so perfect to my ears, I was crushed when they split up that year, and well Skyclad was cool too, but Sabbat’s Dreamweaver was never topped, lyrically or musically by anything after from those involved.