Metal History Through Fanzines

Hemdale (US)

Subversive Agenda #3 (USA) 1995

Subversive Agenda #3 (USA) 1995. Editor: “Chris Wojcik”

Mid-90s effort from Northern California, very representative of the indie labels (with ads from Red Stream, Visceral Productions, Rage Records etc. inside) and second-generation bands in the underground at the time – which was also when we started to see the fanzine culture itself start to sputter a bit (with the internet on the horizon). This has some pretty entertaining interviews, particularly with Incantation and Kataklysm on their ’95 US tour, a fun, early Exhumed interview, tons of reviews, an odd anti-“poser” black metal rant (from a guest, not the editor), tons of cool ads, demo reviews(!) and more from Bhaobhan Sidhe, Compression, Enthroned (California) , Esoteric, Gonkulator, Hellwitch, Hemdale, Milwaukee Scene Report, Pale Existence, Ads, Zine reports etc. (Thanks Vladimir)


Headfucker #4 (Italy) January, 1997

Headfucker  #4  (Italy) January, 1997. Editor: “Raffaella Guerini

Released during the dark days of the death metal underground, this exceptionally well designed, well-printed, and well written zine out of Brescia (in Northern Italy) had a very nice run and was a standout for the death metal scene at the time. While traveling in Europe during the summer of 1997, I had the opportunity to meet both Raffi and her co-editor Carlo, and I will never forget how nice and welcoming they were, showing me around the region over those few days I stayed with them. This MASSIVE issue in particular features interviews with Exit 13, Hemdale, Deranged, Exhumed, Necrosis (Florida), Sepsism, Deeds of Flesh, Festering Puke, Wicked Innocence, Infernal Torment, Necrotic Mutation, artist Eric Kim, and TONS of reviews that will give you a good cross-section of all the bands that were passing ads around 1996.


Putrid Dysentery Zine #1 (France) 1996

Putrid Dysentery Zine #1 (France) 1996, Editor: “Bruno Bascaud”

This zine focused heavily on the grind scene of the mid 90’s, and this issue features many of those second generation Carcass-inspired followers. The editor even lays out the zine with a cool ‘Carcass-ish’ style vibe with his ‘mondo-medicale’  titles for each section…. Featured bands include Malta’s Beheaded, Dead Infection, Haemorrhage early Exhumed and Hemdale, a VERY early Necrophagist, Entrails Massacre, Dawn, Dead, Avulsed, and much much more. Cool Scene Reports as well!