Metal History Through Fanzines

Sick of It All (US)

Level Six #1 (USA) 1987

Level Six #1 (USA) 1987 Ed. “Bill Parker”

Absolute killer zine from Arizona; great bands and a great year for underground metal and crossover. This is the debut issue w/ interviews, features, ads, art and photos of Abnormal Growth, Atrox, New Renaissance Records, Blood Feast, Capital Scum, Casbah, Dirge, Doomwatch, DBC, Death Warrant, Evil Dead, Forefront Records, Have Mercy, Genocide, Hirax, Inner Strength, Insanity, Minotaur, Necropolis, No Fraud, Phantasm, Bathory, Wehrmacht, Possessed, Impetigo, Revelation, Indestroy, Dream Death, Nuclear Assault, Sadus, Sick of It All, The Accused, Tyrranicide, Vacant Grave, Wreckage, reviews, news and more. Thanks to Bill Parker for the submission.

 

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Under the Corpse Zine #1 (?) (NY, USA) 1993

Under the Corpse Zine  #1 (?)  (NY, USA) 1993. Editor: “Paul Beyer”

I recently got this xeroxed and stapled issue from a friend in Montreal.  It’s a nice one from ’93, and features interviews with bands like Pyrexia, Internal Bleeding, Nokturnel, (a long one with) Biohazard, Life of Agony, Type O Negative. Ossuary, Corpsegrinder, Sick of it All, Crucifix, Church of Misery, Scatterbrain, Alchemist, and more. Lots of reviews, an Australian scene report, and some adverts. Good stuff. I think it’s the first issue, but the back cover says #3 in the art, so not sure. Enjoy.


Pit Magazine #8 (Colorado, USA) 1992

Pit Magazine #8 (Colorado, USA) 1992, Editor: “Wendy Perelstein”

A massive update here….Pit Magazine was published by Mosh Pit Records, a metal record store out of Colorado Springs, Colorado, that is sadly missed. Their magazine started in the late 80s and ran into the 90s with ambitions of being a national magazine of sorts, and they eventually did get okay distribution, but in essence it was really just a nice pro-printed, national zine – and that is what made it cool (It seems there is also still some online presence, as they have a facebook page and an outdated website, yet I think the last print issue was put out about 5 years ago…I could be wrong).

With better content and interviews than most national mags, it was packed with all the relevant bands and more. This issue was no exception, featuring an interview with Metallica-Jason Newsted when the Black album dropped (talking about their songwriting and change), Bolt Thrower (!!!), Nick Menza around “Rust in Peace” era-Megadeth, Chris Barnes from Cannibal Corpse talking about serial killers and why he hates (hated?) Phil from Sacred Reich, Godflesh, Autopsy, Necroticism-era Carcass, Soundgarden, Solitude Aeturnus, Blessed are the Sick-era Morbid Angel interview with Dave Vincent, Anacrusis, an extended interview with Pete Steele for the CarnivoreType O Negative fans, the Hoffman Brothers of Deicide, Exhorder, Immolation, Coroner, Entombed, Cancer, Grave, Gorguts, Napalm Death, Obituary, Unleashed, and many more.

 


Disposable Underground #6 (VA, USA) 1993

Disposable Underground #6 (VA, USA) 1993, Editor: “Richard Johnson”

This zine was almost hometown for me, coming out of the Virginia suburbs of Washington DC. At the time Rich was in grind pathfinders ENEMY SOIL, prior to going on to playing in the likes of AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED and DRUGS OF FAITH.  He is called the “grindfather” for a reason, and his early work for the scene was carved out in this long running zine, that can now be found online in downloadable format here, (where you can also find FULL ISSUES dating back to the glory days, including this one…check it out!) Features God Forsaken, Resist, Monstrosity, Sick of it All and more..