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Phoenix From the Crypt #4 (England) 1984

Phoenix From the Crypt #4 (England) 1984. Editors: “Middie” and “Pek”

First, apologies for the lack of updates; its been a hectic year, etc., however it is still my long-term intention to keep this archive alive and keep adding new zines.                                                         So, once things get back to normal, more frequent updates will occur! – Jason

Today’s entry is a mostly Punk/crossover zine with a healthy affinity for some metal. These guys were in Disattack at some point, along with a young Bill Steer (later of Carcass and Napalm Death). Also features 80s Finnish punkers Mellakka, a pretty cool Metallica interview (between Kill em All and Ride the Lightning), Depression, Dirge, Inferno, Aussie cult act I Spit on Your Gravy, zine and music reviews and more. PDF up in downloads.


Baphomet Zine Compilation (1987-1995) Vol. #1 and #2 (Italy)

Baphomet Zine Compilations (1987-1995) #1 and #2 (Italy) (eds: Enrico, Sarmax, Paulo and Claudio) Italiano (early) & English (later).

Long-running Italian zine brought together over 2 digital volumes. Includes a WIDE variety of metal, extreme metal + punk and hardcore and other genres (as their tastes varied and expanded over the years) + plus some film and author write ups, essays, reviews and more. This original and sincere presentation is a great pleasure to read,  both volumes are available here (vol 1) and here (vol 2).

Issue 1: [Italian] Anthrax/Testament Live review, Creepin Death, Jag Panzer, Anthrax, Def Leppard, Metallica, Voivod, Celtic Frost, Dio/Black Sabbath live review. Taurus, The Accused, Mayhem-Deathcrush, Reviews, demo reviews, and essay on ‘posers’, Zephir, playlists and more.

Issue 2: [Italian] Candlemass, Post Mortem, Flotsam and Jetsam, Arpia, Scream, Vendetta, Darkness, Mayhem (w/ Euronymous), Trojan, A.C.T.H., Extrema, Bloody Anger, Peggio Amico, Mania, Sodom/Whiplash live review, Ice Age, Xandril, video, demo and album reviews, playlists and more.

Issue 3: [Italian] S.N.F.U., NOFX, Raw, Helstar, Bandana, Massacre (Chile), The Accused, Madhouse, OKA, Jesus Went to Jerusalem, Demo reviews, Silverwing, Crash Box, Afflict, 7 Seconds and more.

Issue 4: [Italian] Saint Vitus, Haunting Souls, DOA, Conquest, Pentagram, Gas, Son, NOT, Bloodstar, Astaroth (CA), Domine, Die Kreuzen, Ice Age, Anacrusis, The Missing Links, Monumentum, Outrage, Drowning Roses, demo reviews and more.

Issue 5: [Italian] Internal Void, Revelation, Arpia, Traumatic Voyage, Obliveon, No Rules, Dorso, Caos, Growing Concern, Infezione, Fire Party, Domine, Articoli Su, Deceased, Nuclear Death, Massacre (Chile), Epitafio, Domine, Misguided, Altri, Hexx, Ulcera, playlist, posers, demo reviews and more.

Issue 6: [Italian] New Model Army, Lemonheads, Elektra Drive, Spermbirds, Soul Reaction, No Remorse, Opera IX, Solitude Aeturnus, Caras de Hambre, Maelstrom, Latin Posse, Warrior Soul, Post Mortem, DOA, Rock Progressive Italiano, demo reviews, playlists and more.

Issue 6/7: [English] Nuclear Death, Cathedral, Soul Reaction, Post Mortem, Protected Illusion, Dogma, Maelstrom, Murnau, Caras, De Hambre, Spermbirds, Brain Damage, Headcrasher, Sentenced, Order From Chaos, Wild Rags, Axemaster, Slint, Humanicide, reviews, Dracma records and more..

Issue 8: [English] Confessor, Nosferatu, Decay, Sentenced, Noise Culture, Psycopath, Affirmative Action, Political Asylum, Prestige, Bedlam, Church of Violence, horror cinema, Wild Rags, reviews, vampires more…

Issue 9: [English] The Obsessed, Paradise Lost, Extrema, Necrosanct, Gutted Pulp, Dovercourt, Sadist, Apatridi, Brokenglazz, Nuclear Blast, Rosicrucian, snuff/mondo movies +more

Issue 10: [English] Type O Negative, Inverted, Non-Fiction, Industrial music feature, demo reviews, news, Beyond Reason, Anathema, Mortified, Brain Police, Fanzine reviews, New Model Army, Glacial Fear, Nervewomb, Psychosis, Paul Chain/DeathSS, Christopher Lee, Zombie movies, The Mentors..

Issue 11: [English] Fanzine reviews, Soulgrind, Mortuary Drape, Novembers Doom, Slug & Lettuce zine, demo reviews, Sepolcrum, Monumentum, Eterne, Necromass, Beyond Dawn, Robert Bloch, Lucio Fulci, Mariano Baino, Shiver Records, video reviews + more

 


Thrash Em All (Poland) 2/1989

Thrash Em All  (Poland) 2/1989 (in Polish) Editor: “Mariusz Kmiolek”

Another issue of Thrash Em All from Poland. Again, not really a “zine” I know, but for historical purposes, it is still a pretty cool insight into the east block scene. Features a mix of Polish bands and Western (I wish I could read that MOD interview…!) Anyways,  interviews and features on Bulldozer, Ciecie Kata, Cliff Burton, Despair, Rage, Gomor, MOD, Massacra, Deathrow, Napalm, Napalm Death, School of Violence, Piotr Mankowski, Sabbat, Smirnoff (YES, the BAND!? who are still active), Samael and more…

 


Raise the Dead #1 (Germany) 1984

Raise the Dead #1 (Germany) 1984. Editors: “Timo Weber” (auf Deutsch)

Lots of history packed in this one. Whether you can read German or not, it is still worth a gander for the original artwork from Away (Voivod) and the early Death feature…one of the earliest I have ever seen (on their first Death by Metal demo). Also interviews, info and/or features with Acid, Iron Angel, Overkill, Tankard, Celtic Frost, Destruction, Exciter, Hirax, Liege Lord, Sodom, Metallica, Motorhead, Nasty Savage, Artillery, Venom, Overdose, Mania, Vortex, Sons of Satan, Steel Assassin, Whiplash, Zoetrope, and more… [PDF up in DL section]


Speed Attack #2 (Germany) 1985 (auf Deutsch)

Speed Attack #2 (Germany) 1985. (auf Deutsch) Editors: “Michael Trengert and Peter Zohren”

Second issue of this German zine featured last month, released in the year of 1985. Again, one of the editors was Michael Trengert, who went on to be one of the Summer Breeze Festival (GER) organizers and also a former European manager of Metal Blade Records, and recently passed away. Just a great layout, very readable (if you can read German) and featuring both underground German favorites as well as future stars, including Metallica, Megadeth, Exodus, Slayer, Destruction, Zoetrope, Enforcer, Hallows Eve, Iron Angel, Mercyful Fate, Monolith (Italy), Avenger, Omen, Possessed, Sacred Rite, Steel Vengeance, Tankard, Overkill, Voivod, and more…

 

 


Speed Attack #1 (Germany) 1984 (auf Deutsch)

Speed Attack #1 (Germany) 1984. (auf Deutsch) Editors: “Michael Trengert, Peter Zohren and Tomo Dolevic”

Early German zine released in the year of 1984. One of the editors was notably Michael Trengert, who went on to be one of the Summer Breeze Festival (GER) organizers and also a former European manager of Metal Blade Records. He recently died after a long battle with illness, so this goes out to him, in the metal afterlife. Features Hellhammer (in transition to Celtic Frost), Destruction, Battleaxe, Mania, pics of Mercyful Fate and Metallica, a Loudness live review, Overdose (GER), Running Wild, Vortex (NETH), Martyr (NETH), Stormwitch, Warlock, Venom, Grave Digger, Acid, and more.


Phoenix Militia #7 (UK) 1987

Phoenix Militia #7 (UK) 1987. Editor: “Bill Steer”

Many thanks to Bernd B. again for a great contribution! This time it is the mega-classic from Bill Steer’s teenage years  –  be sure to check out the sincere and insightful editorial (btw this issue was photocopied and stapled 3 times from the front, which made it a very delicate operation to scan without splitting the pages, so some page-scans are unfortunately right on the border of the text). This issue features Bill’s influences heavily, stemming from both crossover/punk and metal, such as a very early demo-era incarnation of Napalm Death (before Bill was in the band), Hellbastard, an early interview with Jason Newsted (right after joining Metallica), Rapt, Desexult, Larm, Poison (GER) Anthrax, Discharge, Mace, Cryptic Slaughter and Extreme Noise Terror, plus write-ups and reviews on many others.

[edit Sept.27, 2016,  a note from a reader: just to give proper credits..Bill originally did a zine called “Violence & Force”, probably only 1 issue circa 1985. Pheonix Miltia/FTC was Pek and Middie’s creation..which they started in 1983 as a H.C. Punk zine but started covering Metal from the 5th issue on, Bill joined them at this point an maybe contributed the most in the later issues, but he didn’t start this fanzine.]


Metal Forces #21 (UK) 1986

Metal Forces #21 (UK) 1986. Editor: “Bernard Doe”

[Once more, it’s a given that Metal Forces was certainly not a fanzine, yet it still deserves archival status. As previously stated, the importance of the magazine for the development of the global underground and all ’extreme’ genres can not be understated – they covered many notable bands before any other press did, and were a reliable go-to source for news in the pre-internet era.]

Here I have issue #21, all 47 pages- it’s a good mix of speed and thrash (heavily on the rise at the time), along with the token glam rock sprinkled throughout (posers!!!??)…I wonder why they even bothered with the glam rock then, because if you check out the “Readers Album Chart”- its all thrash and speed?! Lots of cool reviews though with the essential “Demolition” demo review section (Nuclear Death!), pen-pal and fanzine addresses etc. One thing I question however is the “78” review for Fates Warning’s Awaken the Guardian …come on!? And Zebra gets a 91? Anyways, reader mail, plus killer live reviews of Deathrow (plus intie), Overkill, Whiplash, Metallica, Voivod, Possessed and more, as well as features on Anthrax, English Dogs, Attacker, Crumbsuckers, Dark Angel, Helstar, Steeler, Voivod (again) etc.


Kick Ass #26 (NY, USA) July 1984

Kick Ass #26 (NY, USA) July 1984. Editor: Bob Muldowney

Incredible piece of metal history here, right down to the Metallica Ad and a Witch Cross feature (who just had their album re-released on Hell’s Headbangers records I might add- get it, a forgotten classic). Features, Ads, live reviews and interviews with Anvil, Angel Witch, Battleaxe, Blacklace, Nasty Savage, Hades, Hirax, Manilla Road, Raven, Motorhead, Lee Aaron, Running Wild, Venom, Twisted Sister, Sodom, and more…


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.


Diabolical Noise #3 (Poland) 1990 (in Polish)

Diabolical Noise #3 (Poland) 1990. Editor: Jaroslav “Orion” Szubrycht


A while back I put up issue #6 of this cult zine from Poland. Digging back a bit further now we have issue #3. In Polish, this killer zine went deep into the underground with bands from around the world like Mutilator (Brazil), Phlegethon, Samael, Massacra and Merciless, but also bands from Poland at the time like Enormity, Holy Battalion, Curse Ritual, Exorcist, and Lewiatan.

 


Pit Magazine #8 (Colorado, USA) 1992

Pit Magazine #8 (Colorado, USA) 1992, Editor: “Wendy Perelstein”

A massive update here….Pit Magazine was published by Mosh Pit Records, a metal record store out of Colorado Springs, Colorado, that is sadly missed. Their magazine started in the late 80s and ran into the 90s with ambitions of being a national magazine of sorts, and they eventually did get okay distribution, but in essence it was really just a nice pro-printed, national zine – and that is what made it cool (It seems there is also still some online presence, as they have a facebook page and an outdated website, yet I think the last print issue was put out about 5 years ago…I could be wrong).

With better content and interviews than most national mags, it was packed with all the relevant bands and more. This issue was no exception, featuring an interview with Metallica-Jason Newsted when the Black album dropped (talking about their songwriting and change), Bolt Thrower (!!!), Nick Menza around “Rust in Peace” era-Megadeth, Chris Barnes from Cannibal Corpse talking about serial killers and why he hates (hated?) Phil from Sacred Reich, Godflesh, Autopsy, Necroticism-era Carcass, Soundgarden, Solitude Aeturnus, Blessed are the Sick-era Morbid Angel interview with Dave Vincent, Anacrusis, an extended interview with Pete Steele for the CarnivoreType O Negative fans, the Hoffman Brothers of Deicide, Exhorder, Immolation, Coroner, Entombed, Cancer, Grave, Gorguts, Napalm Death, Obituary, Unleashed, and many more.

 


SOD – Sounds of Death (Missouri, USA) #2 Winter 1993

SOD – Sounds of Death (Missouri, USA) #2 Winter 1993. Editor: “David Horn”

Sort of in between a zine and magazine, David Horn’s eventually long-running Sounds Of Death started off ambitious right away. Featuring pro-print, color cover, and a nice design from Dan Zimmer, it had an underground feel, without the mainstream nonsense that often polluted bigger magazines at the time. This issue is no exception. First off, there is original art on the cover, in haunting full-color from the legendary Dan Seagrave, coupled with an extensive interview inside…also I did not know he sold a portfolio (see ad below) that would be excellent to see today…anyone have it?

Also, we have a “time capsule” interview with James and Lars from Metallica, before “Kill em All” was released, from their 1983 tour. They state that they were 19 years old….wow. The city was New York, and they were opening for Venom. They get into the split with Mustaine extensively, their influences, Armored Saint, and touring, among other things.

Lastly, there is reprint of the press release for Deicide concerning the bomb that went off at their gig in Stockholm in 1992. Also, on that note, in the lengthy Cannibal Corpse interview with Chris Barnes, he discusses his adventures with Benton tagging along while he harasses Christians at a mall in Wisconsin. Speaking of God, there is an interview with Living Sacrifice, tons of cool ads, and Demolition Hammer.