Metal History Through Fanzines

Grave Digger (GER)

Speed Attack #1 (Germany) 1984 (auf Deutsch)

Speed Attack #1 (Germany) 1984. (auf Deutsch) Editors: “Michael Trengert, Peter Zohren and Tomo Dolevic”

Early German zine released in the year of 1984. One of the editors was notably Michael Trengert, who went on to be one of the Summer Breeze Festival (GER) organizers and also a former European manager of Metal Blade Records. He recently died after a long battle with illness, so this goes out to him, in the metal afterlife. Features Hellhammer (in transition to Celtic Frost), Destruction, Battleaxe, Mania, pics of Mercyful Fate and Metallica, a Loudness live review, Overdose (GER), Running Wild, Vortex (NETH), Martyr (NETH), Stormwitch, Warlock, Venom, Grave Digger, Acid, and more.


Metal Massacre #1 (Germany) 1984

Metal Massacre #1 (Germany) 1984 (in German/auf Deutsch). Editors: “Dieter Machleid” and “Mario Erceg”

A relic from the German heavy metal scene circa 1984. I did not see an actual date printed anywhere, but judging by the albums featured, I can safely say this was put together in the latter half of ’84, and might have seen an early 1985 release. Printed “auf Deutsch,” it covers a healthy number of German bands at the time, as well as international, including: Avenger (PRE-Rage), Grave Digger, Iron Maiden, one of the German Overkills (yes, there were two, popular name!), Running Wild, Savage (UK), Steeler (GER), Stormwitch, The Rods, Tokyo Blade, Trance, WARLOCK(!) and more. If you can not read German, have fun with the imagery…or use their playlists as a reference for your vinyl-hunting ‘must have’ exploits- cheers and thanks to B.B. for the contrib!