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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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Katopetia Zine#1 (Czech Republic) Spring 1999

Katopetia Zine#1 (Czech Republic) Spring 1999, Editor: “Zdenek Simecek”

This late 1990s zine out of Czech Republic reflected the surge of ‘brutal’ American-style death metal that was dominant in the underground at the time. The editor was and still is from the Czech band Godless Truth, and his professed adoration for all things brutal death metal is all over the place. So, with interviews featuring Devourment, Divine Empire, Dying Fetus, Entorturement, Internal Bleeding, Jungle Rot, Lividity, Morta Skuld, Neuraxis, Oppressor, Regurgitation, Prophecy, Skinned, Sickness, Ton, Wicked Innocence and more, you get the idea. MOSH!


Inner Source Zine #3 (Illinois, USA) March, 1994

Inner Source Zine #3 (Illinois, USA) March, 1994, Editors: “Fred and Randy”

This zine out of northern Illinois evolved steadily into the 90s, until it went color and pro-print as a short-lived ‘magazine.’ Anyways, the spirit was there, even if the journalistic talent was lacking. One of the editors even ran the Pulverizer Records imprint and released early material from Sarcophagus, Dying Fetus, Mortal Decay, Jungle Rot, and Fleshgrind, among others. This issue is interesting because it was released in that weird time, where thrash bands were seeking some sort of new approach or identity, see here Forbidden, Coroner (Grin era – cool interview), and the once awesomely named Death Angel when they oddly went and did “The Organization.” Also we have Atheist and Cynic in their prime,  and Malevolent Creation during the  (ahem) “Stillborn” era. Also cool early art from Mark Riddick and Russ Evans throughout.

 


Chainletter #16 (MD, USA) 1994

Chainletter #16 (MD, USA) 1994. Editor ” Mark Gonce”

Reliable and long running zine (see other entries on this site) out of Baltimore by Mark Gonce (also from the local MD band Corpsegrinder,yes,  the one where “George” got his start). Still going strong in late 1994, this issue features Dark Tranquillity, Samael, Mayhem, Dying Fetus, Kataklysm, Gutted, Pandemonium, Asphyx, Oppressor, Horror of Horrors, Inner Thought and Epidemic…