Metal History Through Fanzines

Godforsaken (FIN)

Sombre Eve #1 (Australia) 1992

Sombre Eve #1 (Australia) 1992. Editors: “Shane” and “Tracey”

From down under, a crude DIY-hitter with a good mix of underground icons, death, black and cult doom, a Netherlands scene report (VERY brief, by Hans from The Gathering), reviews, a “what is doom?” survey, plus interviews and features/bio with Aetiology, Anathema, Beelzebub (NOR), Blasphemy, Decomposed, Entombed, Eternal (UK), Flesh, God Forsaken, Grief, Immortal, Impaled Nazarene, Master’s Hammer, Mayhem, Necrotion, Herve from Osmose Productions, Pan-Thy-Monium, Portrayal, the Gathering and more…thanks to S.L. for the submission

 


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.

 

 


Carrion Zine #2 (Finland) 1992

Carrion Zine #2 (Finland) 1992, Editors: “Antti Luukkanen” and “Teemu Vähäkangas ”

Here is another issue from ealy 90’s Finland, digest sized and featuring cool interviews with Dark Tranquillity, God Forsaken, Afflicted, Masacre (Colombia), Gorement (later Pipers Dawn -Sweden), Antidote (later, members went to Thunderstone and Impaled Nazarene), Nocturnal Rites, Purtenance, Embryo, cult Finnish thrashers A.R.G. and a nice review of the underground record labels of note at the time like Drowned, Morbid, Poserslaughter, a Costa Rica Scene Reportand several other underground notables. Good shite!

 


Infernal Zine #2 (Rovaniemi, FINLAND) 1992 (In Finnish)

 Infernal Zine #2 (Rovaniemi, FINLAND) 1992. Editors: Esa Juujarvi and Matti Selin

Here are some excerpts from this fantastic stapled and printed zine from the northern Finnish town of Rovaniemi (better known as the folkloric home of Santa Claus to some). The zine is all in Finnish, so the few Finns that do stop by here will get more out of it than most. It features pretty much ONLY Finnish bands from the time, and was packed out with locals that never made it, but also more popular notables like Sentenced, Vomiturition (now known as Rotten Sound), cult heroes Adramelech and Depravity (whose members went on to be in Sonata Arctica and Korpiklaani), and also Thergothon, Mordicus, God Forsaken, and hometown black metal dudes Black Crucifixion, among others.


The Untouchables #3 (Finland) 1993 (Finnish)

The Untouchables #3 (Finland) 1993. Editor: “Timo Isoaho”

This zine was printed and stapled, somewhere between a digest size and a regular magazine-size, and covers a nice selection of both Finnish and international bands. A hard read for many, as it is written in Finnish, it is nevertheless a part of what was an explosive number of zines out of such a small country during the time. This one features interviews with the now cult-status likes of God Forsaken and Master’s Hammer, as well as Demigod, Dead Head, Drowned Productions, Gorefest, Lubricant, My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, Tarot, Sororicide, Wild Rags Records and for you “vanha koulu” Suomen readers out there, there are a number of cool live show reviews from across Finland from 1992…were you there? Also look for numerous cool adverts spread throughout…


Sinistrari Zine #1 (USA), 1992

Sinistrari Zine #1 (USA), 1993. Editor: ZAID

I picked this zine up somewhere around 1992/93, and it quickly became a favorite. Well written, in multiple languages (in some interviews), with well thought-out questions revealing an international vibe that reflected the multi-national unity of the nascent death/black underground. First issue, top notch-not sure if he put any more out. It’s from my home town area of Washington DC, although I can not remember how I got it. There was no editorial, but after some research, it seems it was published by Gelal of the band GRAND BELIAL’s KEY. Anyways, great interviews from a crucial period when there actually was a real ‘scene.’


Disposable Underground #6 (VA, USA) 1993

Disposable Underground #6 (VA, USA) 1993, Editor: “Richard Johnson”

This zine was almost hometown for me, coming out of the Virginia suburbs of Washington DC. At the time Rich was in grind pathfinders ENEMY SOIL, prior to going on to playing in the likes of AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED and DRUGS OF FAITH.  He is called the “grindfather” for a reason, and his early work for the scene was carved out in this long running zine, that can now be found online in downloadable format here, (where you can also find FULL ISSUES dating back to the glory days, including this one…check it out!) Features God Forsaken, Resist, Monstrosity, Sick of it All and more..