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Heavy Metal Demons #9 (Netherlands – Dutch) 1984

Heavy Metal Demons #9 (Netherlands-Dutch) 1984. Editors:”Ferry Bovet,” “Peter Loch” and “Paul Schrijver”

Dutch metal zine from mid-80s that mixed local and international acts, capturing heavy metal at the point where it was (perhaps already?) about to go full mainstream. Put together with obvious dedication by these three gentleman (and if anyone has an original copy, I bet it smells like a ripe Dutch oven about right now). Contains both live and album reviews, features (including clippings from the ‘Say You Love Satan’ murder on Long island), imagery (esp. a lot of cool promo photos I have not seen elsewhere), and more w/ Dio, Motorhead, Ratt, Rajas, Lee Aaron, Hammerhead, Lipstick, Rottweiler, Judas Priest, Lizzy Borden, Hirax, Cirith Ungol, Judas Priest, Trouble, Twisted Sister, Blaspheme, WASP, Witch Slayer and more…

 

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Metal Madness #2 (USA-New Mexico) 1984

Metal Madness #2 (USA-New Mexico) 1984. Editor: “The Hellion”

Out of Albuquerque NM, this short zine featured an early Overkill (super-brief answers from Rat Skates), Satan Jokers from France (interesting name..and still active!), Manilla Road (who explain what ‘false metal’ is), a Dee Snider centerfold (!), Mania from Germany (who ended up on Noise Records), reviews and news (from ’84 – hey, new song titles from Slayer‘s forthcoming “Hell Awaits” Lp!), a brief feature on early speed-metalers Warfare (UK), a super-young Armored Saint promo pic, and more.


Kick Ass #26 (NY, USA) July 1984

Kick Ass #26 (NY, USA) July 1984. Editor: Bob Muldowney

Incredible piece of metal history here, right down to the Metallica Ad and a Witch Cross feature (who just had their album re-released on Hell’s Headbangers records I might add- get it, a forgotten classic). Features, Ads, live reviews and interviews with Anvil, Angel Witch, Battleaxe, Blacklace, Nasty Savage, Hades, Hirax, Manilla Road, Raven, Motorhead, Lee Aaron, Running Wild, Venom, Twisted Sister, Sodom, and more…