Metal History Through Fanzines

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Descent #1 (USA) May,1994

Descent #1 (USA) May, 1994. Editor: “Steve O’Malley”

Descent: An excellent offering from the mid-90s focusing primarily on black, dark and darker-oriented death metal [NOTE: While I included this issue on SBMS to make it searchable and ‘research’able in the broader archive, the editor (Steve O’Malley) actually has all of the issues online as PDF’s (along with autobiographical notes) on his website Ideologic.] Includes interviews with Burzum, Emperor, Accursed, Beyond Dawn, Solemn, In The Woods…, Necrophobic, Sigh, Bestial Warlust, Manes, Savior, Mangled, Nagual Mag., Immolation, a feature on Gorgoroth, as well as an essay on Heathenism in Classical Music, a US scene report and reviews.

 

 

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Isten “Twin Sister” (Finland) November, 1997

Isten “Twin Sister” (Finland) November, 1997 . Created by: Mikko Mattila, Janne Sarna, Kola Krauze and Damhair.

60 pages on A4. 500 pressed. One of the most innovative, long running and well-written/designed zines in the history of the metal underground, recently enshrined in its own hardback anthology format via the Svart Records-published, 804 page “Don’t Break the Ghost” (which can be found here). This issue is the second in the so-called Headwind Trilogy, entitled Twin Sister. Unfortunately, like a lot of great analog media, the actual brilliance of the design can not be transmitted digitally in all its tactile and olfactory glory, but this can give you a hint. Featuring Canaan, The Great Kat, Agathodaimon, Brian Death Cobra, Metalucifer, Costa Stoios of Tales of the Macabre Zine, Rotting Christ, Bethel, Solstice (UK), Arch Enemy, Two Witches, Sup and more with reviews throughout the issue. Thanks to Pawel W. for scanning his copy and sending it over.

 


The Oath #1 (IRE) 1993

The Oath #1 (IRE) 1993. Editor: “Alan Averill”

This zine from Primordial vocalist Alan (aka A.A. Nemtheanga) is a time capsule of rabid, underground enthusiasm. Sincere, honest commentary, essays etc. Those were exciting days indeed…with reviews, a Danish scene report, interviews and features on Acheron, Afterlife (IRE), Fifth Dominion, Emperor, Gorgon, Impaled Nazarene, Sentenced, Misanthrope, Moratorium, Disaster Area, Necromantia, Nightfall, Rotting Christ, Sceptical Schizo, Therion and more…(thx to deathmetal.org for sharing).

 


Hammer Of Damnation #3 (Finland) January, 1993

Hammer Of Damnation #3 (Finland) January, 1993. Editor: “Niko Sirkiä” (2nd press/July 1993)

Third issue of this exceptional zine from Finland. From the more transitional/experimental period of the early extreme underground of 92/93, this issue has features and/or interviews with Ancient Rites, Apator, Archgoat, Carnifex (FIN), Organic Infest, Barathrum, Burzum, Damnatory, Castle, Damonacy, Beherit, Depravity, Satyricon, a French Scene Report, Harmony Disturbed, Laceration, Sadness, Masters Hammer, Mordor, Abysmal, Mortician Magazine, Necromantia, Pyogenesis, Throne of Ahaz, Rotting Christ, Momentum, Septicemia, Unburied and more (thx to original owner/scanner via deathmetal.org).

 


Pestilence Zine #2 (Chile) 1991

Pestilence Zine #2 (Chile) 1991. Editors: “Patrcio Illanes” and “Hector Guzman”

From Chile, this zine is half Spanish, half English…sticks to espanol for the Chilean interviews and reviews, and goes to English for the international…features a good amount of Morbid Angel content (including a tour flyer for the 1991 Blessed Are the Sick tour I have never seen…from Orlando) and a brief interview with Pete Sandoval, also a lot from the Chilean scene as well as short interviews/features on Astaroth (FL) Atomic Aggressor, Demigod, Disharmonic Orchestra, Rotting Christ, Lubricant, Malevolent Creation, Necrodead, Samael, Xenophobia and more…(thanks to Mario for the submission)


Hammer Of Damnation #4 (Finland) July, 1993

Hammer Of Damnation #4 (Finland) July, 1993. Editor: “Niko Sirkiä” (2nd press/English)

Early 90’s cult zine out of Finland by former Thergothon keyboardist/vocalist Niko Sirkiä, features and/or interviews with Septicemia (GR), Ancient Rites, Archgoat, Burzum, Damnatory, Beherit, Depravity, Masters Hammer, French Scene Report, Mordor, Abysmal (NOR), Necromantia, Sentenced, Black Crucifixion, Pyogenesis, Dolores Records Ad, Osmose Records ad, reviews and 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.