Metal History Through Fanzines

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The Wild Rag #23 (US) 1993

The Wild Rag #23 (US) 1993. Editor: “Richard C”

Notorious LA California label-store-distributor Wild Rags published these zine/newsletters of sort, which served as both label/distro catalog and underground news periodical. There is a lot of history with the Wild Rag (a lot of which is outlined here), and Richard C (despite being maligned and oft-called a rip off) was responsible for putting out a lot of groundbreaking underground metal. This special “Artgore” issue features underground artists Brad Moore, Jeff Gaither and Paw Nielson, plus lots of news and a cool memory-lane list of distro items that reflect the richness of the death-black underground in 1993.

 

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Holocaust #4 (Poland) 1990

Holocaust #4 (Poland) 1990. Editor: Tomasz Krajewski”

Another issue of this classic  zine from eventual Pagan Records (Poland) founder Tomasz Krajewski…pretty much a who’s who of the great underground bands on 1990…an absolutely incredible issue. Including Acheron, Rottrevore, Mayhem, Blasphemy, Exit 13, Bolt Thrower, Darkthrone, Asphyx, Deadhead, Desultory, Afflicted Convulsion (Afflicted), Entombed, Necromantia, Phlegethon, Crematory, Hellwitch, Malediction, Invocator, Malevolent Creation, Necrophobic, Death Yell, Necrophile, Nuclear Death, Carbonized, Pestilence, Old Funeral, Revenant, General Surgery, Rotting Christ, Sadistic Intent, Samael, Abhorrence, Desultory, Sodom, Merciless, Therion, Unleashed and much more…thx to uploader Tezcat from NWN!Board for sharing.

 


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).

 


Isten #5 (Finland) 1990

Isten #5 (Finland) 1990. Editors: “Mikko Mattila” and “Luxi Lahtinen”

Fantastic, long-running zine from Finland (in English) that is one of the few to achieve truly ‘cult’ status – and on that note, they are apparently constructing a retrospective book (!) that is currently closing in on 800 pages. Stay tuned- (Their F-book page is here for updates). This is issue #5 from Mikko and Luxi, just an amazing example of DIY publishing from the golden era of death metal. Thanks to Vladimir P. for sending it over. This MASSIVE 93+ page issue features interviews and features with/on Acheron, Afflicted, Asphyx, Vacant Grave, Baphomet, Devastation, Darkthrone, deadhorse, Deceased, Disgrace, Disharmonic Orchestra, Entombed, Exit-13, Funebre, Gorefest, Impetigo, Invocator, Maple Cross, Metalion (Slayer Mag), Morgoth, Order From Chaos, Paradise Lost, Phantasm, Phlegethon, Seraphic Decay Records, Sigh, Therion, Vital Remains, Xysma, reviews and many more.


Witchcraft #2 (Germany) 1993

Witchcraft #2 (Germany) 1993. Editors: “Stefan Löns”

This is the second issue of this German zine (in English) that focused more on the black/doom scene (but not exclusively). Interesting and early interviews/features with Beherit, Belial, Phlegethon, Damnatory, Deathlike Silence Productions, Emperor, Fester, Greek Scene Report, Marduk, Mortuary drape, Occult, Order From Chaos, Sadist, Thergothon, New World Symphony Records, and more. (Thanks Stefan).

The cover of the zine is Emperor, live in Liverpool, UK (1993).


Blasphemer #1 (Chile) 1990 (in Spanish/Español)

Blasphemer #1 (Chile) 1990 (in Spanish/Español). Editors: “Juan Olmedo” and “Christian Vargas”

Another zine from the vibrant Chilean scene (also fully downloadable via the Crucified for Your Sins blog- check it out and thanks Mario), with interviews/reviews/features on a number of pivotal bands right at the point they were developing…I could find no date, but after some investigating I feel pretty sure this is from 1990. Includes among others Apparition, Baphomet, Cadaver, Carnage, Benediction, Abhorrence, Darkthrone, Mortem, Asphyx, Demolition Hammer, Forced Entry, Ripping Corpse, Hexx, Winter, Tormentor, Immolation, Invocator, Carbonized, Entombed, Malevolent Creation, Massacra, Mayhem Merciless, Mortuary Drape, Treblinka, Wild Rags Records, Nocturnus, Paradise Lost, Phlegethon, Sadism, Schizo, Acheron, Vader, Exmortis, Vengeance etc…


Diabolical Noise #3 (Poland) 1990 (in Polish)

Diabolical Noise #3 (Poland) 1990. Editor: Jaroslav “Orion” Szubrycht


A while back I put up issue #6 of this cult zine from Poland. Digging back a bit further now we have issue #3. In Polish, this killer zine went deep into the underground with bands from around the world like Mutilator (Brazil), Phlegethon, Samael, Massacra and Merciless, but also bands from Poland at the time like Enormity, Holy Battalion, Curse Ritual, Exorcist, and Lewiatan.