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Loud ‘N’ Proud #2 (East Germany) 1990

Loud ‘N’ Proud #2 (East Germany) 1990. Editor: “Andreas Schoewe” (auf Deutsch)

Second issue of this East German zine [“Das Erste Hard Rock und Heavy Metal Journal der DDR”] – this time a bit more even and coming into form – [again, I was told that this was the first hard rock/metal zine to come from the former East Germany (Rostock-Deutsche Demokratische Republik or DDR/GDR) prior to reunification]. Once more, a great window into the German metal/Hard Rock scene in the late 1980s/early 1990 with a live review of Black Sabbath and Running Wild, interviews and features with Headless, Holy Moses, Majk Mati, Mania, Treat, Viper, Mordred, Sabbat, Risk, Rosa Rock, Scanner, a Bon Scott tribute, a Heavy Metal against AIDS feature, plus album reviews and a Sodom lyrics thing and a Tankard pic I have not seen before. (Thanks to N. Barsch for sharing).

 

 

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Loud ‘N’ Proud #1 (East Germany) 1990 (auf Deutsch)

Loud ‘N’ Proud #1 (East Germany) 1990. Editor: “Andreas Schoewe” (auf Deutsch)

“Das Erste Hard Rock und Heavy Metal Journal der DDR” – Nice historical gem here. I was told (and it is also stated in the contents/credits) that this was the first hard rock/metal zine to come from the former East Germany (Rostock-Deutsche Demokratische Republik or DDR/GDR) prior to reunification. It appears it might be true, because for some reason this issue has a number of photos ‘redacted'(?), so perhaps it was censored before it was released? Who knows. Anyways, great snapshot of the German scene in the late 1980s with some Noise Records bands and others including Accept, B.O.R.N., Bonfire, Defcon, Hardholz, Kreator, Lanadrid, Mephisto, Noisehunter, Rage, Running Wild, Scorpions, Titan, U.D.O., Vice and a review of the X-Mas Metal Meeting in Dusseldorf  on December 19, 1989, that featured Manowar, Saxon, Fates Warning, Sabbat and Lizzy Borden, plus album reviews. (Thanks to N. Barsch for sharing).

 

 


Thrash Em All (Poland) 2/1989

Thrash Em All  (Poland) 2/1989 (in Polish) Editor: “Mariusz Kmiolek”

Another issue of Thrash Em All from Poland. Again, not really a “zine” I know, but for historical purposes, it is still a pretty cool insight into the east block scene. Features a mix of Polish bands and Western (I wish I could read that MOD interview…!) Anyways,  interviews and features on Bulldozer, Ciecie Kata, Cliff Burton, Despair, Rage, Gomor, MOD, Massacra, Deathrow, Napalm, Napalm Death, School of Violence, Piotr Mankowski, Sabbat, Smirnoff (YES, the BAND!? who are still active), Samael and more…

 


Slayer #5 (Norway) 1987

Slayer #5 (Norway). 1987. Editor: “Metalion”

Fifth issue from long running, legendary Norwegian zine/”mag”…as only Metalion could deliver. Timely and historic features/reviews and interviews with Annihilator, Bathory, Black Uniforms, Mutilator, Aggression, Incubus, Kreator, Massacre, Mayhem, Mefisto, Messiah, Morbid Angel, Mutilator, Napalm Death, Nuclear Death, Obscurity, Poison (GER), Sabbat (YES!), Sadist, Sadus, Satan’s Holocaust, Schizo, Aggressor, Sepultura, Slaughter Lord, Slayer, Sodom, Soothsayer, Tribulation, Vulcano, Wehrmacht, and more…(thanks S.L.!)  ALSO SLAYER #5 and #7 ARE BOTH UP IN THE PDF DOWNLOADS SECTION NOW.


Thrash Metal #2 (Spain) 1988 (En español)

Thrash Metal #2 (Spain) 1988. Editor: “Mariscal Romero” (En español)

Certainly not to be confused with other mags/zines with the same name, this was a pro-published magazine out of Spain from the late 80’s. The publisher was a company called “MC Editions” that had several publications, selling magazines like this and others in bookstores at the time. For the most part,  there was nothing really ‘underground’ in it, but as a historical/cultural artifact its pretty killer – features and interviews with Agnostic Front, Anthrax, Coroner, Death, Flotsam and Jetsam, Kreator, Leeway, Sabbat, Rage, Nuclear Assault, Slayer, Onslaught, Sodom, Suicidal Tendencies, Testament, Toranaga and Risk; plus additional focus on Spanish bands Fuck Off, Crom and Leviatan.


Giants Lore #3 (Germany) Sept. 1990

Giants Lore #3 (Germany) Sept. 1990. Editor: “Eddi Ambrozi” (German)

From 1989 to 1991, I had a power metal band of sorts (or what was called ‘power metal’ then, something like half thrash and half metal…sort of like Savatage or Metal Church), and it was called Damnation. Pretty typical name, but it worked and we played numerous shows around the DC area, and on guitar we had John Gallagher (not of Raven!), who is NOW the vocalist/guitarist in Dying Fetus. Well, at the time I was in love with Fates Warning, and to me the greatest album ever was “Awaken the Guardian,” still an immortal classic. So when I saw an ad for this zine back in 1990, I sent them the Damnation demo, and got a copy of the zine in return, which was amazing because he sent it from Germany, and it was pro-printed. The guy was just way too nice, but in reality that is how the underground operated then.

Giants Lore”  was all in German, but I did not care, because the seven page feature with Fate’s Warning made me feel like I had some rare underground connection which one of my favorite bands. The guys at Giants Lore (named after a Fates Warning song) were also heavily into what was then a very young progressive metal movement, and if you can read German this is an essential issue (btw check out Jeff Wagner’s prog metal book “Mean Deviation” for more historic fun in that department). Also featured was my OTHER favorite band at the time…SABBAT! They were so ahead of their time, and so perfect to my ears, I was crushed when they split up that year, and well Skyclad was cool too, but Sabbat’s Dreamweaver was never topped, lyrically or musically by anything after from those involved.