Metal History Through Fanzines

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Blackthorn #2 (Denmark) Aug-Sept 1985

Blackthorn #2 (Denmark) Aug-Sept 1985. Editors: “Henk Leviathan” and “Esben Slot Sørensen”

Second issue of this cult Danish fanzine. Highlights include King Diamond interview discussing his departure from Mercyful Fate and a brief Carnivore chat with the whole band, plus interviews and/or features with Bathory, Voivod, Slayer, Sodom, At War, Monolith, Bulldozer, Kim Sixx, Onslaught (UK and US), Mayhem (GER), Poison (GER), Siren, Sons of Satan, Overkill (GER), Ghostrider, Blacktask, Vicious Barreka, and more….[Thanks to Tawfik from Zombi Danz for the contribution]

 

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Rock Hard #8 (NY, USA) 1986

Rock Hard #8 (NY, USA) 1986. Editor: “Keith Miller”

Rock Hard (not the most original name through the years, by any means) was a US fanzine based out of upstate NY that covered mostly heavy metal, but you could see the heavier stuff creeping in by 85-86, and the extensive record reviews are cool to check out for a nice run-down of all the pivotal albums that were dropping at this time…a very transitional period indeed. Also interesting to see eventual Roadracer/Roadrunner A/R guy Monte Connor in his college radio days here, with the Baruch College playlist featured. Interviews and features with the likes of Wehrmacht, Executioner, Holy Moses, Queensryche, Fastway, Bitch, New Renaissance Records, Savage Death (pre-Nokturnel), Metal Blade Records, Savage Thrust, Siren, Burning Starr, Blacklace and more.


M.A.R.S. #4 (NY, USA) May, 1987

M.A.R.S. #4 (NY, USA) May, 1987, Editor: “Alec Dana”

This photocopied and stapled ‘zine’ was more of a newsletter (the editor stated as much), and this is actually the first issue to feature interviews extensively rather than just album reviews. Mid to late-80s, they focused on speed and power metal primarily (as the “best of 1986” indicates), and this issue features interviews with under the radar bands like Steel Prophet Siren, Oliver magnum and Sacred Oath, live reviews from NYC including Slayer on the World Sacrifice tour,  as well as a cool essay on the then NEW music media COMPACT DISCS! What to make of those strange things…? (but at least they lasted longer than 8 tracks). Contrary to the cover, Dream Death was actually not in this zine….The real gem here is the short but entertaining interview with “Peace Sells…” era Megadeth (w/Dave M. and Dave E.). One notable comment is somewhat timely today, as Dave Mustaine rips apart Motorhead, who actually in recent weeks he ‘personally’ invited onto his signature Gigantour next year (2012). I guess things change over 24 years…