Metal History Through Fanzines

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Level Six #1 (USA) 1987

Level Six #1 (USA) 1987 Ed. “Bill Parker”

Absolute killer zine from Arizona; great bands and a great year for underground metal and crossover. This is the debut issue w/ interviews, features, ads, art and photos of Abnormal Growth, Atrox, New Renaissance Records, Blood Feast, Capital Scum, Casbah, Dirge, Doomwatch, DBC, Death Warrant, Evil Dead, Forefront Records, Have Mercy, Genocide, Hirax, Inner Strength, Insanity, Minotaur, Necropolis, No Fraud, Phantasm, Bathory, Wehrmacht, Possessed, Impetigo, Revelation, Indestroy, Dream Death, Nuclear Assault, Sadus, Sick of It All, The Accused, Tyrranicide, Vacant Grave, Wreckage, reviews, news and more. Thanks to Bill Parker for the submission.

 


The Wild Rag #23 (US) 1993

The Wild Rag #23 (US) 1993. Editor: “Richard C”

Notorious LA California label-store-distributor Wild Rags published these zine/newsletters of sort, which served as both label/distro catalog and underground news periodical. There is a lot of history with the Wild Rag (a lot of which is outlined here), and Richard C (despite being maligned and oft-called a rip off) was responsible for putting out a lot of groundbreaking underground metal. This special “Artgore” issue features underground artists Brad Moore, Jeff Gaither and Paw Nielson, plus lots of news and a cool memory-lane list of distro items that reflect the richness of the death-black underground in 1993.

 


Balance of Terror #3 (Canada, 1991)

Balance of Terror #3 (Victoria, BC, Canada) 1991. Editor: “Trev Jarvis”

(UPDATED) With interviews/features/mentions on Impetigo, Inverted, Agothocles, Bolt Thrower,  Impaled Nazarene, Dark Tranquility, Hexx, Nuclear Death, Funeral Oration, Putrid (pre- God Forsaken), Wench, Raped Ape, Eldritch Horror, Ringworm, Impaled Nazarene and Demilich (check out those very early pics), plus letters and reviews, a feature on the Ku Klux Klan’s history, Demi Moore (?), the Loch Ness Monster, Out From the Underground Zine, cool ads from Wild Rags, Itsen, Relapse and more and an editorial on “Rip Offs Killing the Scene.” A centerfold with Dutch band Eternal Nightmare, and a very young “Ultimate Incantation”-ish era Vader is featured on the cover (yet are not featured inside)…PDF up as well.

 


No Trend Press #2 (Germany) 1987 (auf Deutsch)

No Trend Press #2 (Germany) 1987. Editors: “Boris Kadlicek” and “Servais Grivel” (auf Deutsch)

Crossover zine from ’87 with a good mix of thrash/core, hardcore and early death metal. In German (for those who can read it), features and interviews with Lärm, Annihilator, Cremains, Impetigo, Bad Attitude, Carcass, Autopsy, Chemical Waste, Realm, Atrophy, Desperate Minds, Messiah Death, Genoa, Kazjurol, Terminal Confusion, Lawnmower Death, Hellchild, Dead Conspiracy, Raging Fury, Macabre, Anacrusis,  Obliveon, Nox Mortis, Ice Age, Righteous Pigs, Savage Thrust, Despair, Sheer Terror, Shellshock, Malicious Grind, Sindrome, Wild Rags Records, and there is also an interesting anti-Carnivore rant, claiming they are nazis/fascists…I guess  Mr. Steele’s humour was lost in translation. Thanks to BERND B. for the contribution!

 

 

 


Grave Disgrace #2 (Russia) 1993 (in Russian)

Grave Disgrace #2 (Russia) 1993. Editors: “Gladchenko Arkadiy” (in Russian)

Finally, a Russian zine! This one is packed – 84 pages – with long features on labels like Foundation 2000 (NL), Peaceville Records, and Wild Rags (California), as well as extensive scene reports and info on Russian bands from the time…all for those who can read it. If not, enjoy it anyway, and thanks to Супранов А.В. for sending it over and Anton for helping me figure out what was what, interviews and features with Agathocles, Autopsy, Azhubham Haani, Blasphemy, Bowels, Brainstorm, Catacomb, Cannibal Corpse, Corpse, Decomposed, Edge of Sanity, Deicide, Emperor, Carbonized, Exulceration, Firetower, Scaffold, God’s Tower, Gorefest, Skeletal Earth, Impetigo, Lazaret, Necropsychosis, Old Funeral, Possessed, Sarcoma, Morrisound/Scott Burns, Solemn, Suffer, Thou Shalt Suffer, Russian Winter and much more. PDF is up as well in the downloads section…

 

 

 


Gloves of Metal #1 (US) Spring 1994

Gloves of Metal #1 (US) Spring 1994. Editors: “Stevo St. Vitus” and “Warren Slocum”

(Thanks to S.L. once more) Zine from Stevo (Impetigo) with a nice essay feature from him on the rise of black metal, Wild Rags records, underground “rip-offs,” and the rise of fascism in then ‘new’ East Europe. Plus a nice Candlemass pic,  Zappa and Oliva RIP’s, features and interviews with Angelkill, Sindrome, Lobotomy, Manowar, Pavor, Grief, Murder Basket, Avatar (IL), a history of Mercyful Fate, demo reviews, the 100 greatest LPS of 1984, and much more. (PDF up in downloads section).

 


Vital Wound #2 (Lithuania) 1992

Vital Wound #2 (Lithuania) 1992. Editors: “Sarunas Sabaitis” and “Mindaugas Lapinskas”

Interviews and features with Altar (SWE), Anathema, Ancient Rites, At the Gates, Balance of Terror Zine, Devastation, Edge of Sanity, Norwegian and Polish scene reports, Impetigo, Meat Shits, Nuclear Death, Rot, Seance, Thanatos, Fear Factory, Extreme Smoke and much more…


Death Industry #4 (Lithuania) 1993

Death Industry #4 (Lithuania) 1993. Editors: “Ramūnas Platukis” and “Donatas Bagdonas” (English)

Features and interviews with My Dying Bride, Mortuary Drape, Samael (on their trip to Moscow), Trechoma Mag, Napalm Death (nice one with Barney!), Disharmonic Orchestra, Intense Agonizing, Ancient Rites, Atrofia Cerebral, Depravity, Audicion Irritable, Excess of Cruelty, Dragon, Impetigo (nice long one!), Gravid Rage Dist., Mass Psychosis, Black Power Records (GR), Cripple Bastards, Inverted, Korpse, Excavation, Forsaken, Excrescent (artist Mark Riddick‘s band), Ulcerous Phlegm, Sadness, Eterne, Dismal, reviews, and more. Thanks to Ra in Vilnius for the contrib.


Delírio Metálico #1 (Portugal) 1990 (Portuguese)

Delírio Metálico #1 (Portugal) 1990. Editors: “Andre Toscano” and “Antonio Nobre” (In Portuguese)

First issue of this Portuguese zine focuses mostly on the scene in Portugal at the time (circa 1990) with bands like Afterdeath and Atrofiados, as well as a few features on some other notable underground bands at the time like Hellwitch, Impetigo, Desultory, Dorsal Atlantica, Blasphemy, and more.


Isten #5 (Finland) 1990

Isten #5 (Finland) 1990. Editors: “Mikko Mattila” and “Luxi Lahtinen”

Fantastic, long-running zine from Finland (in English) that is one of the few to achieve truly ‘cult’ status – and on that note, they are apparently constructing a retrospective book (!) that is currently closing in on 800 pages. Stay tuned- (Their F-book page is here for updates). This is issue #5 from Mikko and Luxi, just an amazing example of DIY publishing from the golden era of death metal. Thanks to Vladimir P. for sending it over. This MASSIVE 93+ page issue features interviews and features with/on Acheron, Afflicted, Asphyx, Vacant Grave, Baphomet, Devastation, Darkthrone, deadhorse, Deceased, Disgrace, Disharmonic Orchestra, Entombed, Exit-13, Funebre, Gorefest, Impetigo, Invocator, Maple Cross, Metalion (Slayer Mag), Morgoth, Order From Chaos, Paradise Lost, Phantasm, Phlegethon, Seraphic Decay Records, Sigh, Therion, Vital Remains, Xysma, reviews and many more.


Pulverizer Zine #5 (Scotland/UK) May, 1993

Pulverizer Zine #5 (Scotland) May, 1993. Editor: “Bill”

(The intro here is cited/sourced as background info from the Dark Legions Archive hosted at deathmetal.org):  “Pulverizer zine was a killer mag from the early nineties, back when the death metal scene was giving us loads of cool bands. After Pulverizer #5, the editor Bill went on to release 3 issues of a zine called Anatomia which was nothing but old school death metal worship! He was also involved in a band called Goropsy which released a split tape on Necroharmonic Productions in 1996 with Japanese sickos Catasexual Urge Motivation. These zines go down in history for being among the best the UK  had to offer…Keep the Old School Flame Burning!!!” (scanned by) Tyrant (Thanks – SBMS) Features/Interviews w/Avulsed, Adramelech, Altar, Embalmer, Impetigo, Purulence, Therion, Suffer, Necropsy, and more…


Dauthus Zine #1 (Sweden) 1996

Dauthus Zine #1 (Sweden) 1996, Editor: “Timo Ketola”

This zine has a sort of ‘cult’ following these days, and its well deserved. Herra Ketola obviously put untold hours of blood and brains into his zines, with exceptional and witty writing, original layouts, and aesthetic taste that was rare among the multitude of zines that had come before (and after), with only a handful achieving this creative plateau. Perhaps Herra Ketola might forgive the crass re-representation here, as these scans  can not do justice to the warm, ‘analog’ feel of holding this zine in one’s hands. This is hand-numbered copy #227, and the beauty is indeed in the details. Some have  complained about the difficult to read “Fraktur” font, and while it is small, the work one ultimately must put into engaging the writing is also part of the reward (in a sense). This is one that you might want to print out and read either way. This issue features interviews with artist SV Bell, A Mind Confused (later Kaamos), Sepulchral Voice Zine’s creator, Equimanthorn (+Absu+Equitant), Impetigo, The Equinox of the Gods, Dying Fetus (…with ‘yours truly’), Cruachan, Moonspell, and many more, as well as a feature on W.A.R. Records, a cool write-up on historic and/or interesting cemeteries, and much more fun in the details and margins…seek and ye shall find…