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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Mortuary #3 (Germany) 1992.

Mortuary #3 (Germany) 1992. Editor: “Christian Hillenbrand”

Massive German zine (in English) packed with tons of reviews and (brief) interviews targeting many of the underground’s death and black metal notables of 1992, as well as zine editors like those from Slayer and Isten, and even Earache Records (with Pete Lee from Lawnmower Deth representing). Features Beherit, Benediction, Bolt Thrower, Carcass, Cannibal Corpse, Dark Tranquillity, Darkified, Dark Millenium, Fleshcrawl, Demigod, Desultory, Furbowl, Goatlord, Goreaphobia, Gorefest, Inverted, Hetsheads, Malaphar, Mega-Slaughter, Immolation, Necrophobic, My Dying Bride, Mould, Pan-Thy-Monium, Samael, Tiamat, Traumatic and more. Thanks to Stefan Lons for sharing!


Thrash Em All #1.4 (Poland) 1992

Thrash Em All #1.4 (Poland) 1992 (in Polish) Editor: “Mariusz Kmiolek”

Another issue of Thrash Em All from Poland (thanks again to Pawel). Features some really cool live/band  shots I have not seen before, from the likes of Bolt Thrower, Samael and Nocturnus among others, as well as features/interviews/pics on Vader, Believer, Betrayer, Earache Records, Dead Head, Edge of Sanity, Dismember, Gorefest, Magnus, Nausea, Pan-Thy-Monium, Old Funeral, Pantera, Confessor, Solitude (USA-DE), Epidemic, Tiamat, and more…


Word of Mouth Zine (PA, USA) #3 Oct 1995

Word of Mouth Zine (PA, USA) #3 Oct 1995. Editor: “Chris Maycock”

This was a brief, digest-sized zine out of Pennsylvania, but the interviews are exceptional and informative. With just four bands in this one, it covered Sentenced and Tiamat as they both grew further away from their death-metal roots (with Wildhoney, and Amok, respectively), an interview with Fred from Dismember as “Massive Killing Capacity” dropped, and a VERY enlightening one with Marten from Meshuggah just after the release of “Destroy, Erase, Improve.”


Deathvomit Zine #2 (US) 1990

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.


Uni-Force #7 (USA) 1990

Uni-Force #7 (USA) 1990. Editor: “Mark Sawickis”

This zine was put out by Impetigo guitarist Mark Sawickis, and although the print is small, there are some cool interviews with demo-era Grave, and a nice one with Carcass right around the time “Symphonies…” dropped. Also, there is a cool photo gallery featuring original live shots of Death, Autopsy and others and features/interviews with Blasphemy, Blood, Dead Horse, Deceased, Disharmonic Orchestra, Doom, Exmortis, Hellbastard, Macabre, Necrophile, Master, Pungent Stench, Tiamat and Xysma


Slayer #8 (Norway) 1991

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.