Anathema Zine #1 (Finland) 1991. Editor: “Tupe” (A5, 64 pages)
Finnish zine from the apex of extreme metal’s golden years; lots of illuminating and humorous content (e.g Therion and Unholy’s one word answers?!) and essential/biting viewpoints throughout from an honest editor. Thanks to the one and only Francesco Dellamorte for the submission. PDF is up in downloads section. Features, reviews and interviews with Desultory, Agathocles, Unholy, Convulse, Sigh, Desultory, Therion, Dark Tranquillity, Obituary, Dicktator, Demilich, Abhorence, Disgrace, Amorphis, Funcunt, Edge of Sanity, Grave, Immolation, Necrotomy zine, Obscene, Sentenced, Righteous Pigs, Obliveon, Napalm Death, Cenotaph, Paradise Lost, Carnage, Blasphemy, Dr. Shrinker, Cadaver and much more.
The Oath #1 (IRE) 1993. Editor: “Alan Averill”
This zine from Primordial vocalist Alan (aka A.A. Nemtheanga) is a time capsule of rabid, underground enthusiasm. Sincere, honest commentary, essays etc. Those were exciting days indeed…with reviews, a Danish scene report, interviews and features on Acheron, Afterlife (IRE), Fifth Dominion, Emperor, Gorgon, Impaled Nazarene, Sentenced, Misanthrope, Moratorium, Disaster Area, Necromantia, Nightfall, Rotting Christ, Sceptical Schizo, Therion and more…(thx to deathmetal.org for sharing).
Putrefaction #5 (Sweden) 1991. Editor: “Tomas Nyqvist”
From T. Nyqvist, who also founded No Fashion Records and Iron Fist Productions. Excellent, notably there are no reviews (see editorial), however this issue is FULL of many groundbreaking acts in their prime. With interviews and more, including Agressor, At the Gates, Baphomet, Marduk, Bolt Thrower, Carbonized, Dark Tranquillity, Death Courier, Demigod, Dissection, Repugnance, Immortal, Impaler (UK), Infamy (FL), Infested Incarnation, Interment (FIN), Malaphar, Macabre End (God Macabre), Merciless, Misery (SWZ), Sadist, Sadus, Salem, Samael, Sentenced, Shub-Niggurath, Therion, Atomic Aggressor, Unleashed, Traumatic, Torturer, Obscure, Osmose Productions, plus zine reviews. Like last week, apologies, I don’t have the original scanner’s info, but many thanks from us all for this offering. PDF is up in the D/L’s section.
Holocaust #4 (Poland) 1990. Editor: “Tomasz Krajewski”
Another issue of this classic zine from eventual Pagan Records (Poland) founder Tomasz Krajewski…pretty much a who’s who of the great underground bands on 1990…an absolutely incredible issue. Including Acheron, Rottrevore, Mayhem, Blasphemy, Exit 13, Bolt Thrower, Darkthrone, Asphyx, Deadhead, Desultory, Afflicted Convulsion (Afflicted), Entombed, Necromantia, Phlegethon, Crematory, Hellwitch, Malediction, Invocator, Malevolent Creation, Necrophobic, Death Yell, Necrophile, Nuclear Death, Carbonized, Pestilence, Old Funeral, Revenant, General Surgery, Rotting Christ, Sadistic Intent, Samael, Abhorrence, Desultory, Sodom, Merciless, Therion, Unleashed and much more…thx to uploader Tezcat from NWN!Board for sharing.
Isten #5 (Finland) 1990. Editors: “Mikko Mattila” and “Luxi Lahtinen”
Fantastic, long-running zine from Finland (in English) that is one of the few to achieve truly ‘cult’ status – and on that note, they are apparently constructing a retrospective book (!) that is currently closing in on 800 pages. Stay tuned- (Their F-book page is here for updates). This is issue #5 from Mikko and Luxi, just an amazing example of DIY publishing from the golden era of death metal. Thanks to Vladimir P. for sending it over. This MASSIVE 93+ page issue features interviews and features with/on Acheron, Afflicted, Asphyx, Vacant Grave, Baphomet, Devastation, Darkthrone, deadhorse, Deceased, Disgrace, Disharmonic Orchestra, Entombed, Exit-13, Funebre, Gorefest, Impetigo, Invocator, Maple Cross, Metalion (Slayer Mag), Morgoth, Order From Chaos, Paradise Lost, Phantasm, Phlegethon, Seraphic Decay Records, Sigh, Therion, Vital Remains, Xysma, reviews and many more.
Pulverizer Zine #5 (Scotland) May, 1993. Editor: “Bill”
(The intro here is cited/sourced as background info from the Dark Legions Archive hosted at deathmetal.org): “Pulverizer zine was a killer mag from the early nineties, back when the death metal scene was giving us loads of cool bands. After Pulverizer #5, the editor Bill went on to release 3 issues of a zine called Anatomia which was nothing but old school death metal worship! He was also involved in a band called Goropsy which released a split tape on Necroharmonic Productions in 1996 with Japanese sickos Catasexual Urge Motivation. These zines go down in history for being among the best the UK had to offer…Keep the Old School Flame Burning!!!” (scanned by) Tyrant (Thanks – SBMS) Features/Interviews w/Avulsed, Adramelech, Altar, Embalmer, Impetigo, Purulence, Therion, Suffer, Necropsy, and more…
Deathvomit Zine #2 (US) 1990. Editor: Jeff McClelland
This printed, stapled zine comes from the Virgina side of Washington DC, pressed and edited by Jeff McClelland, who if I am not mistaken was also vocalist in the band Doomstone (featuring members of Deceased). The cover was an original drawing by a guy named Tom Harrison, and the back cover shows that I have here a hand-stamped “issue #108.” When you look inside you immediately notice the odd choice of colors that run through the zine, with the yellow heading/font being the hardest on the eyes- I can imagine he was not happy when he got these back from the press. But with all zines of the era, the content and interviews is what matters, and this issue is a historical goldmine for the underground.
Featuring VERY EARLY interviews and/or articles on Mortician, Tiamat, early Polish pioneers Imperator (best quote to read in Polish accent: “We had some nice gigs lately together with a lot of slammers, divers and we had alcohol/sex after shows“). As well as Amputation (pre-Immortal), Afflicted Convulsion (pre-Afflicted), Macrodex, “Cromlech” demo-era Darkthrone interview with Gylve Nagell (aka Fenriz), Rotting Christ, Gorefest, Nun Slaughter, Asphyx, Therion, Crematory, Abhorrence (pre-Amorphis), an Old Funeral article, and much more.
Slayer #8 (Norway) 1991. Editor: Jon “Metalion” Kristiansen (highlights)
Present at the creation, this is perhaps the most famous death/black metal zine ever out of Europe. This long-running example of underground gold was seemingly always packed with the best and most notable interviews, surrounded by top-notch DIY art and layout, on great pro-print. It really speaks for itself, and for die-hards I highly recommend the recent hardback pressing of the final issue, as well as the “Slayer Mag Diaries” due out in June from Bazillion Points.