Metal History Through Fanzines

Nocturnal Rites (SWE)

Holocaust #6 (Poland) 1993

Holocaust #6 (Poland) 1993. Ed: “Tomasz Krajewski”

Massive issue of this classic Polish zine, with timely interviews, features and reviews on a number of extreme metal bands from the second wave of the golden era circa 92-93. Including Asphyx, Bolt Thrower, Armoured Angel, Crucifier, Disharmonic Orchestra, Dismember, Embrionic Death, Eternal, Immolation, Impaled Nazarene, Macabre, Imprecation, Cartilage, Macabre, Malevolent Creation, Morgoth, Monstrosity, Mortified, My Dying Bride, Necromantia, Rotting Christ, Oppressor, Order From Chaos, Sentenced, Nocturnal Rites, Deranged, Church of Misery, Morgion and Schizo, as well as news, reviews, essays and scene reports from Poland, Ireland and Portugal. Thanks to P.W. for the contribution.

 

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Anatomia#1 (Scotland) Oct. 1993

Anatomia#1 (Scotland) Oct. 1993. Editor: “Bill”

Well-designed zine out of Scotland from the early 90’s featuring a very diverse lineup of interviews, cool reviews, Norwegian scene report and more, featuring Crucifier, Edge of Sanity, Embalmed, Furbowl, Sentenced, Gorefest, Imprecation, Malediction, Depravity, Nocturnal Rites, Vital Remains, House of Usher, Thus Defiled, Vomitory etc.


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.


Tales of the Macabre #1 (Germany) 1993

Tales of the Macabre #1  (Germany) 1993. Editor: “Costa Stoios

This zine of Germany featured many prominent ‘early’ black metal contributions and is heavy on the dark/atmospheric genres of the early 90’s overall. The editor (Stoios) apparently also ran/runs Iron Pegasus records. Features and interviews include Beherit, Barathrum, Ancient Rites, Behemoth, Emperor, Immortal, Burzum, Osmose Productions, Gorgoroth, In the Woods, Mortuary Drape, Rotting Christ, Sigh, Nocturnal Rites, and more.


Carrion Zine #2 (Finland) 1992

Carrion Zine #2 (Finland) 1992, Editors: “Antti Luukkanen” and “Teemu Vähäkangas ”

Here is another issue from ealy 90’s Finland, digest sized and featuring cool interviews with Dark Tranquillity, God Forsaken, Afflicted, Masacre (Colombia), Gorement (later Pipers Dawn -Sweden), Antidote (later, members went to Thunderstone and Impaled Nazarene), Nocturnal Rites, Purtenance, Embryo, cult Finnish thrashers A.R.G. and a nice review of the underground record labels of note at the time like Drowned, Morbid, Poserslaughter, a Costa Rica Scene Reportand several other underground notables. Good shite!

 


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.’