Metal History Through Fanzines

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FYAFT #3 (Switzerland) 1992

FYAFT #3 (Switzerland) 1992. Editors: “Patrick Koch” and “Cedric Muller”

Short for “find yourself a fucking title,” this Swiss zine was nicely balanced with interviews and  a TON of reviews. Features a diverse lineup, including Dark Millennium, Obsequies, Abraxas, Alchemist, Salem, Mindrot, My Dying Bride, Solitude (Delaware), Konhkra, Metalmania ARP (Italian label), Sentenced, Crucifer, War Spasm, Rest In Piece, Messiah, Interval, Phlegethon, Rot, Exoto, Nothingness, Unbounded Terror, Mas Optica, Possessed, Anesthesia, Fester, Overman, Masacre, Lubricant, Genocide, Phantasm, Excidium, Blood Covered, Heavens Gate, Dark Reality and more…thanks to STEFAN for the contribution.


Pestilence Zine #2 (Chile) 1991

Pestilence Zine #2 (Chile) 1991. Editors: “Patrcio Illanes” and “Hector Guzman”

From Chile, this zine is half Spanish, half English…sticks to espanol for the Chilean interviews and reviews, and goes to English for the international…features a good amount of Morbid Angel content (including a tour flyer for the 1991 Blessed Are the Sick tour I have never seen…from Orlando) and a brief interview with Pete Sandoval, also a lot from the Chilean scene as well as short interviews/features on Astaroth (FL) Atomic Aggressor, Demigod, Disharmonic Orchestra, Rotting Christ, Lubricant, Malevolent Creation, Necrodead, Samael, Xenophobia and more…(thanks to Mario for the submission)


Infernal Zine #2 (Rovaniemi, FINLAND) 1992 (In Finnish)

 Infernal Zine #2 (Rovaniemi, FINLAND) 1992. Editors: Esa Juujarvi and Matti Selin

Here are some excerpts from this fantastic stapled and printed zine from the northern Finnish town of Rovaniemi (better known as the folkloric home of Santa Claus to some). The zine is all in Finnish, so the few Finns that do stop by here will get more out of it than most. It features pretty much ONLY Finnish bands from the time, and was packed out with locals that never made it, but also more popular notables like Sentenced, Vomiturition (now known as Rotten Sound), cult heroes Adramelech and Depravity (whose members went on to be in Sonata Arctica and Korpiklaani), and also Thergothon, Mordicus, God Forsaken, and hometown black metal dudes Black Crucifixion, among others.


The Untouchables #3 (Finland) 1993 (Finnish)

The Untouchables #3 (Finland) 1993. Editor: “Timo Isoaho”

This zine was printed and stapled, somewhere between a digest size and a regular magazine-size, and covers a nice selection of both Finnish and international bands. A hard read for many, as it is written in Finnish, it is nevertheless a part of what was an explosive number of zines out of such a small country during the time. This one features interviews with the now cult-status likes of God Forsaken and Master’s Hammer, as well as Demigod, Dead Head, Drowned Productions, Gorefest, Lubricant, My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, Tarot, Sororicide, Wild Rags Records and for you “vanha koulu” Suomen readers out there, there are a number of cool live show reviews from across Finland from 1992…were you there? Also look for numerous cool adverts spread throughout…


Sinistrari Zine #1 (USA), 1992

Sinistrari Zine #1 (USA), 1993. Editor: ZAID

I picked this zine up somewhere around 1992/93, and it quickly became a favorite. Well written, in multiple languages (in some interviews), with well thought-out questions revealing an international vibe that reflected the multi-national unity of the nascent death/black underground. First issue, top notch-not sure if he put any more out. It’s from my home town area of Washington DC, although I can not remember how I got it. There was no editorial, but after some research, it seems it was published by Gelal of the band GRAND BELIAL’s KEY. Anyways, great interviews from a crucial period when there actually was a real ‘scene.’


Diarium Autopsia # 2 (Finland) 1992

Diarium Autopsia # 2 (Finland) 1992. Editors: Heidi Lipsanen and Sonja Kangas

This fantastic, yet short lived zine was stapled and photocopied, but read and felt like a professional. From Finland, yet written in great English, it focused on the Finnish scene extensively (with fun pre-Rotten Sound interview with Vomiturition, and other stuff like Mordicus and Belial). Also features cool interviews with early Swedish notables like Afflicted and Liars in Wait (w/ Kristian Wahlin), and the interview with Mike Patton/Mr. Bungle is pretty exceptional. Plus Thromdarr, Rot, Uncanny, Sentenced, Pestigore, Paradise Lost, Napalm Death, The Corpse Grinders, Lubricant, Incantation, Exempt, Dismember, Decomposed, Ancient Rites, Amorphis and more..