Metal History Through Fanzines

Lethal Aggression (US)

Battlefield #6 (GER) 1986 (auf Deutsch)

Battlefield #6 (GER) 1986. Editors: “Armin Nolzen” and “Bernd Backhaus” (auf Deutsch)

Speed/thrash/crossover classic zine from Germany, a mid-80s DIY beast with interviews and write-ups on many great bands in their demo-days/first album-era – including Detente, Death, Onslaught, Heresy, Concrete Sox, Holy Terror, Lethal Aggression, Assassin, Poison (Ger), Excel, Desexult, Kreator/Destruction/Rage live review, Negazione, Sacrifice, Schizo, Voivod, Heathen, Raw Power and more (THX B.B.!).

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Gray Matter #2 (TX, USA) August 1987

Gray Matter #2 (TX, USA) August 1987. Editor: “Chris Orloski”

Out of Texas, packed with reviews (especially demo reviews), a long interview with Gene Hoglan from Dark Angel and Jason Newsted after he joined Metallica, news, a feature on Ron Jarzombek, a Watchtower/Agony Column live review, interviews w/ Lethal Aggression, Hades, Liege Lord, Drifter, Devastation, Baron Steele, and more.


Deathcore #2 (Ontario, CAN) 1986

Deathcore #2 (Ontario, CAN) 1986, Editor: “Glenn Salter”

This was more of a crossover and hardcore-centered zine out of Ontario in the mid-eighties, and the content and interviews are very light, humorous, and brief. Still, very early interviews with Voivod, Sacrifice, Slaughter, Cyptic Slaughter, Celtic Frost, and a four-line “interview” with Kreator. Plus,  a pre-Cynic write-up for Seaweed! Lastly a cool global crossover-report…among other things…Cult!