Metal History Through Fanzines

Opeth (SWE)

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…

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Slayer Zine #10 (Norway) 1994

Slayer Zine #10 (Norway). 1994. Editor: “Metalion” (highlights)

This is a massive issue, 75+ pages of (nearly all) black metal, featuring almost every major name in the scene at the time. Printed on thick paper, with a red cover, it ushered in yet another step in great quality from this long running Norwegian zine. Also check out the Bazillion Points Press of the “Slayer Mag Diaries” -out now. Highlights include VERY early interviews with Opeth (even before Timo Ketola masterfully reworked their logo) and Dissection, right after the release of The Somberlain. For dark humor, I suggest the great answers provided in both the Nifelheim and Sadistik Exekution interviews. And well, for all the black metal history buffs, this one is just stocked with it (check out the prison interview with Thorns) . Also of note is the fantastic Bathory retrospective.