Metal History Through Fanzines

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The Black Montanas Of Thy Septentrio #1 (United States, TX) October, 1993.

The Black Montanas Of Thy Septentrio #1 (United States, TX) October, 1993. Editors: “Equitant” and “Proscriptor”

A massive volume representative of everything mystical and ethereal about the early 1990s black metal underground. Based in Texas and produced by Equitant & Proscriptor from Absu, this zine is a document of an era; packed with not only interviews, but also with tons of newsletters and pages and pages of fliers (many of which were circulating the underground at the time, and some I have never seen before). Thanks to Equitant for scanning this and sending it over. Features, interviews, fliers with Zemial, Necromantia, Agatus, Rotting Christ, Varathron, Twilight, Grand Belial’s Key, Mortuary Drape, Ancient Rites, Chris Moyen, Lemegothon, Impaled Nazarene, Beherit, Divine Eve, Countess, Absymal, Vital Remains, Ungod, Emperor, Darkthrone, Enslaved, Burzum, Abruptum, Immortal, Master’s Hammer, Moonspell, Samael, Sarcofago, Celtic Frost, Liars in Wait, Sigh, Profanatica, Incantation, Thou Shalt Suffer, Occult, Blasphemy, Absu, Equimanthorn, Order From Chaos, Demoncy, Osmose Productions, Deathlike Silence, Decapitated Records and much more…


Putrefaction #5 (Sweden) 1991

Putrefaction #5 (Sweden) 1991. Editor: “Tomas Nyqvist”

From T. Nyqvist, who also founded No Fashion Records and Iron Fist Productions. Excellent, notably there are no reviews (see editorial), however this issue is FULL of many groundbreaking acts in their prime. With interviews and more, including Agressor, At the Gates, Baphomet, Marduk, Bolt Thrower, Carbonized, Dark Tranquillity, Death Courier, Demigod, Dissection, Repugnance, Immortal, Impaler (UK), Infamy (FL), Infested Incarnation, Interment (FIN), Malaphar, Macabre End (God Macabre), Merciless, Misery (SWZ), Sadist, Sadus, Salem, Samael, Sentenced,  Shub-Niggurath, Therion, Atomic Aggressor, Unleashed, Traumatic, Torturer, Obscure, Osmose Productions, plus zine reviews. Like last week, apologies, I don’t have the original scanner’s info, but many thanks from us all for this offering. PDF is up in the D/L’s section.


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

 


Daemonium Aeturnus #2 (Netherlands) 1992

Daemonium Aeturnus #2 (Netherlands) 1992. Editor: “The Unsane”

Featuring Barathrum, Beherit, Immortal, Abruptum, Impurity, Impaled Nazarene, Lullaby, Mortuary Drape, Perdition Hearse, Goatpenis, Noctran Demanto, Thorns, Mayhem, Euronymous etc. Credit/kiitos : Originally posted online by Asmodian Coven, and scanned by Kurgan.

 


Petrified #2 (USA – Florida) Winter, 1993

Petrified #2 (USA – Florida) Winter, 1993. Editor: “Thorns (Sentis)”

Another one from Full Moon Productions’ zine extension (courtesy of the scanning work from Tezcat from the NWN! board – many thanks/gracias) This one is also very timely, packed with tons of interviews/features/reviews from the pivotal underground year of 1993, including Absu, Behemoth, Black Crucifixion, Carbonized, Skeletal Earth, Cradle of Filth, Emperor, Equinox, Gorgoroth, Impaled Nazarene, Immortal, Mortiis, Necromantia, Occult, Pan-Thy-Monium, Opeth, Primordial, Profanatica, Sinister, Necrony, Typhon, Blod, Unholy, and more…

 

 


Witchcraft #1 (Germany) 1993

Witchcraft #1 (Germany) 1993. Editor: “Stefan Löns”

This issue from Germany (in English) featured a (mostly) darker, black and black/death/doom focus — right on time for a number foundational bands’ first and second albums. Miasma from Austria are on the cover (who released their debut through Lethal Records back then). Features Samael, Emperor, Immortal, Dark Tranquillity, Ancient Rites, Bethlehem, Avulsed, Unholy, Impaled Nazarene (always fun!), Martyrium (pre-Secrets of the Moon), Necrotion, Profanatica, as well as features or classic ads on Eihal Records, Lethal Records, Mayhemic Death Dist., Osmose and more. (Thanks Stefan).


Tales of the Macabre #1 (Germany) 1993

Tales of the Macabre #1  (Germany) 1993. Editor: “Costa Stoios

This zine of Germany featured many prominent ‘early’ black metal contributions and is heavy on the dark/atmospheric genres of the early 90’s overall. The editor (Stoios) apparently also ran/runs Iron Pegasus records. Features and interviews include Beherit, Barathrum, Ancient Rites, Behemoth, Emperor, Immortal, Burzum, Osmose Productions, Gorgoroth, In the Woods, Mortuary Drape, Rotting Christ, Sigh, Nocturnal Rites, and more.


Slayer Zine #9 (Norway) 1991

Slayer Zine #9 (Norway), 1991. Editor: Metalion (highlights)

This is the second copy of several Slayer zines I have laying around (thanks to Grindfather Richard Johnson). From 1991, #9 is dedicated to the then recently deceased ‘Dead‘ of Mayhem (he is on the cover from 1987, with Morbid), and it features an obituary/rant of sorts in the back pages, where “The Duke…” indicts the ‘trendy death metal bands’ that were flooding the underground then,  championing instead the originality of the bands coming out of Norway at the time (all the forefathers of the black metal scene). Great interviews throughout, including early ones with The Gathering, Cathedral, and My Dying Bride.

As a reminder the “Slayer Mag Diaries” due out in June from Bazillion Points.