Metal History Through Fanzines

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Charontaphos #1 (Netherlands) 1993

Charontaphos #1 (Netherlands) 1993. Editor: Ndizi Na Nyama

Dutch zine with a wide range of early 90s underground notables. Interviews with Absu, Apator, Belphegor (that old logo!), Belial, Burzum, Dark Tranquillity, Ceremonial Oath, D.A.B., Decayed, Elbereth, Gorgon, Gorement, Inverted, Wombbath, Katatonia, Malefic Oath, Spina Bifida, Nuclear Death, Mordor, Necropsy, Cartilage, Nembrionic Hammerdeath, Momentum, Nightfall, Gutwrench, Pyrexia, Sentenced, Sigh, Throne of Ahaz, Witches, Sathanas, a Norwegian Scene report, reviews and more…this was a submission, but after some research, it appears it was originally scanned and shared to Asmodian Coven by Pawel (so thanks for preserving the history Pawel!)(Also interesting, the editors ‘nom de plume’-“Ndizi Na Nyama” -is actually Swahili for “bananas/plantains and meat”). PDF in downloads section.

 

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The Oath #1 (IRE) 1993

The Oath #1 (IRE) 1993. Editor: “Alan Averill”

This zine from Primordial vocalist Alan (aka A.A. Nemtheanga) is a time capsule of rabid, underground enthusiasm. Sincere, honest commentary, essays etc. Those were exciting days indeed…with reviews, a Danish scene report, interviews and features on Acheron, Afterlife (IRE), Fifth Dominion, Emperor, Gorgon, Impaled Nazarene, Sentenced, Misanthrope, Moratorium, Disaster Area, Necromantia, Nightfall, Rotting Christ, Sceptical Schizo, Therion and more…(thx to deathmetal.org for sharing).

 


Thy Kingdom Come #5 (Lithuania) Winter 1992/1993

Thy Kingdom Come #5  (Lithuania) Winter 1992/1993. Editors: “Arunas Norvaisa” and “Saulius Krusna”

Very underground selection of second wave death metal and others from the Baltic land of Lithuania, some diamonds in the rough here…interesting note I guess he did not have the letter “W” on his typewriter so it was “VV” as the next best option…includes interviews with Peaceville Records, Suhrim, Damonacy, Mortal Decay, Nightfall, Pyrexia, Phantasm, Demise, Selefice, Nocturnal Rites, Toxic Narcotic, Temperance, and much more.


Esoteric Mag #3 (Poland) March, 1992

Esoteric Mag #3  (Poland) March, 1992. Editor: “Miroslawa Mackiewicz

With features and interviews with Monstrosity, Astaroth, Unholy, Baphomet, Thergothon, Dead, Absu, Demigod, Morbid God, Immolation, Immortal Fate, Nightfall, God Dethroned, Gorefest, Misanthrope, Revenant, Vital Remains, Pyogenesis, and more.


Clandestine Zine (Santiago, Chile) #1 July 1994 (Español)

Clandestine Zine (Santiago, Chile) #1 July 1994. Editor: “Robert P. Zarathustra”

Here at SBMS, a noticeable lack of zines from the non-English speaking world compelled me to start digging up the zines I have in other languages, so here is a first from Chile (in Spanish). The main feature of this issue is a lengthy interview with Uruguay’s Inner Sanctum, notable as a project involving Anton Reisenegger (of Chile’s Pentagram, and currently in Lock Up). Other cool contributions (for those who can read it) include interviews with Gorefest, the highly underrated Texans Imprecation, Macabre, Inner Sanctum, Alchemist, Allegiance, Anathema, Gorefest, Macabre, Mercyful Fate, Nightfall, Ripping Corpse, Undercroft, Vital Remains, Osmose Productions and others. (Note: A few interviews in this zine were unreadable due to printing errors, so they were not included). Lastly, I have numerous other zines in German, Finnish, and more that will go up periodically to diversify the site in coming months…

Also, Clandestine was resurrected in 2010. They published their second issue in
2011 and will press a third issue in December 2012. They are online here:
http://www.clandestinemetalzine.cl (please visit with Google Chrome or Firefox)


Diabolical Noise #6 (Poland) 1993.

Diabolical Noise #6 (Poland) 1993. Editor: Jaro Szubrycht

This zine out of Poland was photocopied and folded together, with no staple, yet still super cool with great outlines, borders, and a nice sense of humor. The obvious drawback is the super small type (but that can be fixed by ‘zooming in’ on the pages/jpegs as needed with or without your browser), but beyond that there is demo-era interviews (or articles about) Cradle of Filth, Enslaved, and (a tiny) one on Behemoth. Additionally, there are some excellent scene reports from the UK and elsewhere, inties with Thergothon, Immolation, Inverted, Cannibal Corpse, Unleashed, Corpus Rottus, and much more.