Metal History Through Fanzines

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Anathema Zine #1 (Finland) 1991

Anathema Zine #1 (Finland) 1991. Editor: “Tupe” (A5, 64 pages)

Finnish zine from the apex of extreme metal’s golden years; lots of illuminating and humorous content (e.g Therion and Unholy’s one word answers?!) and essential/biting viewpoints throughout from an honest editor. Thanks to the one and only Francesco Dellamorte for the submission. PDF is up in downloads section. Features, reviews and interviews with Desultory, Agathocles, Unholy, Convulse, Sigh, Desultory, Therion, Dark Tranquillity, Obituary,  Dicktator, Demilich, Abhorence, Disgrace, Amorphis, Funcunt, Edge of Sanity, Grave, Immolation, Necrotomy zine, Obscene, Sentenced, Righteous Pigs, Obliveon, Napalm Death, Cenotaph, Paradise Lost, Carnage, Blasphemy, Dr. Shrinker, Cadaver and much more.

 

 

 


Battlefield #7 (GER) 1987 (auf Deutsch)

Battlefield #7 (GER) 1987. Editor: “Armin Nolzen” and “Bernd Backhaus” (auf Deutsch)

Leaning even more towards hardcore and grind, but still with plenty of metal….with interviews, live reviews and features on Atavistic, Chronic Fear, Extreme Noise Terror, Corrupted Morals, CPD, Cyclone, Death of God, Darkness, Living Death, Destruction, Heresy, Heibel, Guillotine, Napalm Death, Overkill, Helloween, Thanatos, The Accused, Prong, Soothsayer, LSN, tons of record reviews and more. Thank Bernd B(!).

 


Slayer #5 (Norway) 1987

Slayer #5 (Norway). 1987. Editor: “Metalion”

Fifth issue from long running, legendary Norwegian zine/”mag”…as only Metalion could deliver. Timely and historic features/reviews and interviews with Annihilator, Bathory, Black Uniforms, Mutilator, Aggression, Incubus, Kreator, Massacre, Mayhem, Mefisto, Messiah, Morbid Angel, Mutilator, Napalm Death, Nuclear Death, Obscurity, Poison (GER), Sabbat (YES!), Sadist, Sadus, Satan’s Holocaust, Schizo, Aggressor, Sepultura, Slaughter Lord, Slayer, Sodom, Soothsayer, Tribulation, Vulcano, Wehrmacht, and more…(thanks S.L.!)  ALSO SLAYER #5 and #7 ARE BOTH UP IN THE PDF DOWNLOADS SECTION NOW.


Death Industry #4 (Lithuania) 1993

Death Industry #4 (Lithuania) 1993. Editors: “Ramūnas Platukis” and “Donatas Bagdonas” (English)

Features and interviews with My Dying Bride, Mortuary Drape, Samael (on their trip to Moscow), Trechoma Mag, Napalm Death (nice one with Barney!), Disharmonic Orchestra, Intense Agonizing, Ancient Rites, Atrofia Cerebral, Depravity, Audicion Irritable, Excess of Cruelty, Dragon, Impetigo (nice long one!), Gravid Rage Dist., Mass Psychosis, Black Power Records (GR), Cripple Bastards, Inverted, Korpse, Excavation, Forsaken, Excrescent (artist Mark Riddick‘s band), Ulcerous Phlegm, Sadness, Eterne, Dismal, reviews, and more. Thanks to Ra in Vilnius for the contrib.


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.]


Holocaust #5 (Poland) 1991

Holocaust #5 (Poland) 1991. Editor: Tomasz Krajewski”

Classic  zine from eventual Pagan Records (Poland) founder Tomasz Krajewski. Features an interesting editorial on the prevalence of trendy death metal people inhabiting the scene at the time, as well as an article on the occult called “The Voice of the Dark” by a fellow from Mexico named Alberto Vorkt Jimenez. The cover and back cover establish a brilliant, minimalistic touch, setting a great mood as you move through the text within. Has interviews and features with Afflicted, Possessed, Benediction, Imperator, Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Revenant, Samael, Sindrome, Unleashed, Thanatos, and many more.


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.

 


Disposable Underground #5 (VA, USA) 1992

Disposable Underground #5 (VA, USA) 1992, Editor: “Richard Johnson”

Zine #5 of DI, out of the Virginia suburbs of Washington DC. TO RECAP: At the time Rich was in grind pathfinders ENEMY SOIL, prior to going on to playing in the likes of AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED and now DRUGS OF FAITH.  This long running zine, that can now be found online in downloadable format here.

This one has a particularly exceptional interview with Carcass‘ Bill Steer during their DC stop on the Necroticism tour (1992), and covers a lot of interesting points, both political and musical. Also are interviews and features with Finland’s Demigod, Napalm Death, Unleashed, Doomstone, Agnostic Front, Exempt and Obituary, as well as some cool live reviews and ads.


Curious Goods #5 (USA) 1991

Curious Goods #5 (USA) 1991. Editor: Jerry Rutherford

From Oxnard, California, featuring cool early interviews with Godflesh and Cannibal Corpse, plus a long interview with Sanctuary featuring a pre-Nevermore Warrel Dane, Napalm Death, Nuclear Assault (Dan Lilker) and more (hopefully soon)


Slayer #8 (Norway) 1991

Slayer #8 (Norway) 1991. Editor: Jon “Metalion” Kristiansen (highlights)

Present at the creation, this is perhaps the most famous death/black metal zine ever out of Europe. This long-running example of underground gold was seemingly always packed with the best and most notable interviews, surrounded by top-notch DIY art and layout, on great pro-print. It really speaks for itself, and for die-hards I highly recommend the recent hardback pressing of the final issue, as well as the “Slayer Mag Diaries” due out in June from Bazillion Points.


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..


Thrashikus #5 (CA, USA) 1992

Thrashikus #5 (CA, USA) 1992: Editor “Victor Hsieh”

This was a cool digest sized zine, packed with excellent interviews, again with many of the bands at the top of their game. Out of San Diego, it included live reviews, an interesting intie with France’s Osmose Productions, and a cover story on underrated death thrashers of the day Goreaphobia. With Brutal Truth, Carcass, Cannibal Corpse, Entombed, Deadhorse, Epidemic, Nunslaughter, Exhorder, Goreaphobia, Immolation, Exhorder, Gwar, Napalm Death, Immolation, Demise, Incantation, Paradise Lost, Authorize, Demolition Hammer, Morbid Angel, Hexx and more..