Phoenix Militia #3 (UK) 1986. Editor: “Bill Steer”
Bill Steer’s (Carcass) zine from his teenage years, includes interviews and features w/ Atavistic, Bulldozer, Necrovore, Lord Crucifier, Casbah, Vacant Grave, Desecration (Cali.), Bolt Thrower, Diatribe, a Maryland (USA) scene report, Doomwatch, Flotsam and Jetsam, Assassin (GER), Nuclear Assault, Mutilator, Master, Protector, Catalepsy, Obliteration, Rancid Decay, Sacrifice, Deviated Instinct, SNFU, Straight Ahead, The Accused, Wehrmacht and more…
Disposable Underground #3 (VA, USA) 1991, Editor: “Richard Johnson”
Issue #2 of DI, out of the Virginia suburbs of Washington DC. Again, Rich was in early grind outfit Enemy Soil, prior to going on to playing in the likes of Agoraphobic Nosebleed and now Drugs of Faith. This long running zine can now be found online in downloadable format here, both new and old issues.
This issue has live reviews, adverts, reviews, opinions (one from Deceased guitarist Mike Smith) features and interviews with/on the Foundations Forum, Riki Rachtman, Slayer Zine, Cannibal Corpse, Atheist, Autopsy, Bolt Thrower, Coroner, Death, Dark Angel, Grave, Gorguts, Hexx, Fates Warning, Impetigo, Believer, Overkill, Queensryche, Pestilence, Relapse Records, Suffocation, Sacrifice, Unleashed, Century Media and much more…
Battlefield #6 (GER) 1986. Editors: “Armin Nolzen” and “Bernd Backhaus” (auf Deutsch)
Speed/thrash/crossover classic zine from Germany, a mid-80s DIY beast with interviews and write-ups on many great bands in their demo-days/first album-era – including Detente, Death, Onslaught, Heresy, Concrete Sox, Holy Terror, Lethal Aggression, Assassin, Poison (Ger), Excel, Desexult, Kreator/Destruction/Rage live review, Negazione, Sacrifice, Schizo, Voivod, Heathen, Raw Power and more (THX B.B.!).
F.E.T.U. #7 (Japan) 1989. Editor: “Ayako Usuki”
Final issue from this notable and internationally distributed zine out of Japan. Acronym title is short for “The Fatal Execrable Transmaniacon Undertakers.” Features interviews with SNFU, Prime Evil, Bulldozer, Injustice, Asbestos, Axemaster, Witches Hammer, and more.
Violent Noize #2 (NY, USA) June, 1986. Editor: “Borivoj Krgin ”
This zine is notable for being journalist and Blabbermouth.net founder Borivoj Krgin’s zine in the 80’s, and it reflects a biting (yet refreshing), critical writing style (…he did not hold back on his opinions!). It’s also notable that the term “death metal” is widely used in this zine, sort of forwarding the genre name almost as it was being invented. Includes cool demo reviews for bands that would later be signed like Blind Illusion, Holy Terror, Mordred, Assassin, Sepultura, Massacre, Death and Wehrmacht. The historical highlight here is certainly the interview with Chuck Shuldiner, where he talks about preparing to record ‘Scream Bloody Gore” (and a few other things). Also features interviews with Wehrmacht., Aggression, Terminal Death, Sacrifice, and although “Kreator” are listed on the cover, there is just an album review as far as I could tell…
Brutal Torture Zine #1 (Ontario, CAN) 1986. Editors: “Ray and Stam.”
Humorous zine out of Canada that focused on a mix of hardcore and death metal, as well as bands from the Ontario scene. Cool live shots, and early interviews (again, with a humor approach) with Possessed, Death, Slaughter, Sacrifice, Gang Green, Hirax, Exodus, and more.
Deathcore #2 (Ontario, CAN) 1986, Editor: “Glenn Salter”
This was more of a crossover and hardcore-centered zine out of Ontario in the mid-eighties, and the content and interviews are very light, humorous, and brief. Still, very early interviews with Voivod, Sacrifice, Slaughter, Cyptic Slaughter, Celtic Frost, and a four-line “interview” with Kreator. Plus, a pre-Cynic write-up for Seaweed! Lastly a cool global crossover-report…among other things…Cult!
Chainsaw Abortions #2 (NY, USA) 1990. Editor “Brian Pattison”
This zine out of upstate NY was sent over (and edited by) by Brian Pattison, who you may also know as the guy (who along with Alan Moses) put out the Glorious Times pictorial-history book of the death metal underground (see the video review below). This issue has some timely interviews with Morbid Angel (w/ Dave, right after Altars of Madness), Obituary (pre-Cause of Death), Sacrifice (as Soldier of Misfortune was released), Derketa, demo era- Malevolent Creation, Carbonized and Grave, as well as tons of cool ads and record label promos.
Rot Zine #2 (US) 1990. Eds: Bryan Durren and Rich Bush
This stapled, near digest-sized zine out of Michigan featured great pre-signing interviews with the likes of Cynic, Immolation, Deceased, Sadus, Vital Remains and more…plus some cool post-vintage offerings from Possessed (trying to reform!?), Sacrifice (pre-Soldiers of Misfortune) and Sarcofago. Additionally, there are Wild Rags Records cult favs Order From Chaos and Impetigo, and a long Altars of Madness-era interview with Dave Vincent among many others.
NGF (No Glam Fags) # 6 (CA, USA) 1992: Editor “Marco Barbieri”
Printed and stapled. Featuring Morbid Angel, Death, Sacrifice, Cathedral, Carcass, Grave, Unleashed, a long one with Epidemic (underrated!), Suffocation, Massacre, Confessor and many more…