Metal History Through Fanzines

Pandemonium (POL)

Agony #1 (Poland) 1991(in Polish)

Agony #1 (Poland) 1991. Editor: “Adam Rozciecha” (in Polish)

With interviews and features in the Polish: Sinister, Demigod, Thou Shalt Suffer, Mexican Scene Report, Dead Infection, Dark Tranquillity, Fleshcrawl, Exulceration, Mortuary Drape, Necrolatry, Superation, Freddie Kruger, Algo, Ancient Rites, Wild Rags, Morten, Hetsheads, Misanthrope, Exmortes, Anatomy, Amorphis, Pandemonium, Monstrosity, Thanatos, Astaroth and more…

 

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Drowned Magazine #2 (Spain) 1991

Drowned Magazine #2 (Spain) 1991. Editor: “Dave Rotten”

From Drowned Productions‘ own Dave Rotten, this zine is an incredible survey of the underground from late 1990 into 1991, with a lot of original photos, some from Dave himself (apparently from a trip to Sweden that included meeting up with Dissection and others). Very informative with scene reports from Italy and Finland, well-written reviews and interviews and features on many demo-era classics such as Disgrace, Damnatory, Disharmonic Orchestra, Pandemonium, Demigod, Dissection, Infernal Death, Excidium, False Prophet, Sentenced, Human Waste, Impaled Nazarene, Convulse, Sinister, Necrophobic, My Dying Bride, Purtenance, Severence, Vader, Old Funeral, Phlegethon, Putrid Offal, Disembowelment, Malevolent Creation, Sigh, Vital Remains, Suffocation, Tormentor, Unleashed, Vacant Grave, Gorefest and many more…(courtesy of the scanning work from Tezcat from the NWN! board – many thanks/gracias).

 


Fucker Zine #3 (Poland) 1992 (In Polish)

Fucker Zine #3 (Poland) 1992. Editor: “Maciej Fluder”

We are reflecting again on the Polish scene of the golden years, with another contribution sent over from reader Pawel Wojtowicz. This time it is the “Fucker” zine that had such an impact on him at the time, and it features reviews and interviews with numerous Polish underground bands, along with Hellwitch, Mortuary Drape, Blasphemy, Sinister, Thanatos, Thrash Em All mag, and also one with Ivar Peersen‘s pre-Enslaved (?) band ‘Inoculate Injure‘ from Norway. If you can read Polish, you are again in luck, if not, use your imagination…!

 

Here are also some additional comments from Adam Stasiak of Necroscope zine):

SBMS!: The Polish scene at the time, in the early days, seemed quite vibrant and alive. From the zines I have seen from there at the time, there were many bands in Poland, who were only known inside of Poland. Was there a sort of thriving underground there during those years that many people outside the country never knew of? Were there a lot of local shows and did any “foreign” tours ever come to Poland in the early days?

“Yes, the Polish scene was quite vibrant and active back in the early 90’s. We had a lot of zines, distributions and bands especially. On the other hand, the activity of those people was focused on the Polish scene only, it’s my impression at least. I mean about bands especially. There were many killers, such as: IMPERATOR, BETRAYER, CHRIST AGONY, PANDEMONIUM, VIOLENT DIRGE, HAZAEL, DAMNATION, ARMAGEDON and many more. believe me, those bands performed music, which deserved bigger attention from foreign scenes, however it never happened. I think because people involved in those bands didn’t know (and did not want to  know) about promotion too much. Their idea was to give material to a label (CARNAGE rec., for example) and then to wait for some foreign, “commercial” success to appear. When it never arrived bands started to split up (ARMAGEDON< BETRAYER) saying some bullshit about their labels, or changing their musical styles (CHRIST AGONY, PANDEMONIUM or HAZAEL). Another matter regarding “foreign attention” -from my viewpoint, this old Polish scene, underground was and is much respected in many various countries, although when it comes to the pure underground and maniacs only… Yes, we had some foreign tours back in the 80/90’s, some big, mainstream and underground festivals. And even if there weren’t so many gigs, shows as it is nowadays, I think we couldn’t complain of the lack of Metal live performances. Actually, almost of all from most important bands from death/thrash metal scene were playing in Poland back in those days! So it wasn’t just a desert on the European map. Concluding, I think Poland had one of the most active scenes in Europe and I can not agree with opinion that it was known inside of Poland only, maniacs interested in the real underground knew very well what the Polish Hell was all about.


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…