Metal History Through Fanzines

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Blasphemous #2 (Greece) 1992

Blasphemous #2 (Greece) 1992. Editors: “Morbid”, “John”, “Stephan” and “Photis”

Second issue of this cult Greek zine, overflowing with exaltations and inebriations most foul and horrendous! with Abysmal, Lemegethon, Acheron, Amorphis, Winged, Ancient Rites, Edge of Sanity, At the Gates, Afflicted, Black Prophecies, Tormentor, Blood, Bolt Thrower, Solitude, Cartilage, Ceremonial Oath, Emperor, Crematorium, Demigod, Putrid Offal, Demoncy, Obsecration, Desultory, Nocturnal Death, Enslaver, Epitaph, Mutation, Excidium, Fester, Decay, Impaled Nazarene, Mourning, My Dying Bride, Necrophobic, Order From Chaos, Nergal, Possessed, Bestial Summoning, Sadist, Profanatica, Sentenced, Chorus of Ruin, Sinister, Enslaved, The Gathering, Armoured Angel, Thergothon, Tiamat, Abruptum, Unholy and more…again, thanks to the Profane swamp goat for sharing!

 

 

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Sombre Eve #1 (Australia) 1992

Sombre Eve #1 (Australia) 1992. Editors: “Shane” and “Tracey”

From down under, a crude DIY-hitter with a good mix of underground icons, death, black and cult doom, a Netherlands scene report (VERY brief, by Hans from The Gathering), reviews, a “what is doom?” survey, plus interviews and features/bio with Aetiology, Anathema, Beelzebub (NOR), Blasphemy, Decomposed, Entombed, Eternal (UK), Flesh, God Forsaken, Grief, Immortal, Impaled Nazarene, Master’s Hammer, Mayhem, Necrotion, Herve from Osmose Productions, Pan-Thy-Monium, Portrayal, the Gathering and more…thanks to S.L. for the submission

 


Wounded #4 (Lithuania) 1993

Wounded #4 (Lithuania) 1993. Editor: “Minda “Plix” Lapinskas”

Lithuanian zine featuring a nice selection of early 90s-second generation underground favs, plenty of reviews (and even some early Mark Riddick work!) interviews and/or features with Anathema, Candiru, Devour, Edge of Sanity, Ghostorm, Gommorah, Impaled Nazarene, Meat Shits, Misanthrope, Mortem, Shiver Records – who ripped me off in 1993! Never forget! haha – Order From Chaos, Phlebotomized, Rage Magazine, Sapremia, Swans, The Gathering, and more…

 


Carrion Zine #3 (Finland) 1993

Carrion Zine #3 (Finland) 1993, Editors: “Antti Luukkanen” and “Santtu Reinikainen”

It might appear that there is an inordinate amount of zines from Finland on this site, and your perceptions are correct. I did a lot of trading with Finnish folks back in the day because well, there was a lot of cool and original music coming out of this peripheral northern European land at the time, and as such I sought to get as many zines as possible, ordering from whatever advert I got that said “Suomi.” That said, this one was a cool digest-sized zine, and I recall distinctly writing back and forth with the editor (Antti)- and at one point, late one night in 1993, I remember coming home after a few drinks and calling him up and trying to talk to him, and perhaps because of the language barrier or the sheer shock of a random call from a foreigner, it went quite…weird. Anyway, he put out a cool zine that was written in better english than most US-based zines, with cool commentary on the scene at the time, and this issue has very timely interviews with Anathema, At the Gates, and The Gathering among others, and there is even an interview with Finnish punk band Hybrid Children, who never made it far outside Suomi, but were actually very good and could have been the bigger than Green Day or whoever if they got the right ‘international push’…anyways, here is (most of) the content…

 


Slayer Zine #9 (Norway) 1991

Slayer Zine #9 (Norway), 1991. Editor: Metalion (highlights)

This is the second copy of several Slayer zines I have laying around (thanks to Grindfather Richard Johnson). From 1991, #9 is dedicated to the then recently deceased ‘Dead‘ of Mayhem (he is on the cover from 1987, with Morbid), and it features an obituary/rant of sorts in the back pages, where “The Duke…” indicts the ‘trendy death metal bands’ that were flooding the underground then,  championing instead the originality of the bands coming out of Norway at the time (all the forefathers of the black metal scene). Great interviews throughout, including early ones with The Gathering, Cathedral, and My Dying Bride.

As a reminder the “Slayer Mag Diaries” due out in June from Bazillion Points.