Metal History Through Fanzines

Mythic (US)

Circle of the Impious Mortals #2 (Germany) 1992

Circle of the Impious Mortals #2 (Germany) 1992. Editor: “Nyarlathotep”

German zine that featured a variety of genres, mixed with Satanic imagery and themes (the editor even has an essay outlining the reasoning behind it). Also reviews of demos in a critical year for the underground, with features/interviews on Impaled Nazarene, Sepulchral (FR), Beherit, Golem, Ceremony, Extrema, Lethal Prayer, Witches, Mythic, Overlord, a Spanish scene report and more…(thanks S.L.)

 

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Exhumed Zine #1 (Germany) Dec. 1994

Exhumed Zine #1 (Germany) Dec. 1994. Editor: “Christian H.”

Classic layout and nice first issue from Germany (thanks Herr Löns for sharing via NWN!) Features and interviews with Ancient Rites, August Moon, Bethlehem (super short!), Koito Zine (Italy), Mangled Torsos, Inksplat Artworks, Morbid Records, Mythic, Neolithic, Opeth, Katatonia, many reviews, cool art, and extras…


Disposable Underground #3 (VA, USA) 1991

Disposable Underground #3 (VA, USA) 1991, Editor: “Richard Johnson”

Issue #2 of DI, out of the Virginia suburbs of Washington DC. Again, Rich was in early grind outfit Enemy Soil, prior to going on to playing in the likes of Agoraphobic Nosebleed and now Drugs of Faith.  This long running zine can now be found online in downloadable format here, both new and old issues.

This issue has live reviews, adverts, reviews, opinions (one from Deceased guitarist Mike Smith) features and interviews with/on the Foundations Forum, Riki Rachtman, Slayer Zine, Cannibal Corpse, Atheist, Autopsy, Bolt Thrower, Coroner, Death, Dark Angel, Grave, Gorguts, Hexx, Fates Warning, Impetigo, Believer, Overkill, Queensryche, Pestilence, Relapse Records, Suffocation, Sacrifice, Unleashed, Century Media and much more…

 


Slayer Zine #9 (Norway) 1991

Slayer Zine #9 (Norway), 1991. Editor: Metalion (highlights)

This is the second copy of several Slayer zines I have laying around (thanks to Grindfather Richard Johnson). From 1991, #9 is dedicated to the then recently deceased ‘Dead‘ of Mayhem (he is on the cover from 1987, with Morbid), and it features an obituary/rant of sorts in the back pages, where “The Duke…” indicts the ‘trendy death metal bands’ that were flooding the underground then,  championing instead the originality of the bands coming out of Norway at the time (all the forefathers of the black metal scene). Great interviews throughout, including early ones with The Gathering, Cathedral, and My Dying Bride.

As a reminder the “Slayer Mag Diaries” due out in June from Bazillion Points.