Metal History Through Fanzines

Legacy (US)

Blackthorn #5 (Denmark) 1987

Blackthorn #5 (Denmark) 1987. Editors: “Henrik Kjaer” and “Esben Slot Sørensen”

This Danish zine was quite popular back then (3000 copies pressed) and you can see why: Interviews and tons of write-ups from perhaps the most compelling year of both death and thrash metal = 1987. With Infernal Majesty, Deathrash, Hallows Eve, Sadus, Possessed, Voivod, Morbid Angel, Legacy (Testament), Soothsayer, Mefisto, Aggressor, Heathen, Criminal Christ (Messiah Death), Nuclear Death, Doomwatch, Rotting Corpse, and much more… [Thanks to Tawfik from Zombi Danz for the contribution]

 


Blowing Thrash #2 (Chile) Marzo, 1986 (Español)

Blowing Thrash #2  (Chile) Marzo, 1986. Editor: “Anton Reisenegger” (Español)

Fantastic contribution from the vibrant Chilean metal scene during the 1980’s, put together by none other than Anton Reisenegger of Chile’s cult early death metal outfit Pentagram (and currently in Lock Up). Features Chilean national report, a lengthy Slayer segment and interviews and features on Exodus, Destructor (pic), Celtic Frost, Post Mortem, Cryptic Slaughter, Hallows Eve, Legacy (pre-Testament), Tyrant, Abattoir, Sacrelege, Whiplash, Slaughter, Necrophagia, Hades, Venom, and more.


Blackthorn #4 (Denmark) 1986

Blackthorn  #4 (Denmark) 1986. Editors: “Esben Sorensen and Henk Leviathan”

Ahh, Nasty Savage in full Technicolor on the cover! This issue was limited to 2000 copies, and is printed on the “A4” size standard (I think) in Europe at the time, stapled, with a nice original full-color pic of a young Mille from Kreator on the back (taken live in Copenhagen by a guy named Peter Markham). Highlights for this issue include an insightful Voivod interview right around when “RRROOOAAARRR” came out (coupled with intimate photos taken by Monte Connor, who later would become a dude at Roadrunner Records), features on demo-era Sepultura, Legacy (Testament), Holy Terror, Annihilator, Massacre,  interviews with Canadian tyrants Exciter and Razor, as well as Netherlands’ Thanatos, and a number of reviews on rare and long forgotten underground releases. LASTLY- there is a Megadeth merch order form circa “Killing is My Business…” !