Metal History Through Fanzines

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Warthog #4 (Norway) 1999

Warthog #4 (Norway) 1999. Editor: “Grell”

Late 90s Norwegian rag that centered on black metal, featuring interviews with Anno Daemonicus, Dimmu Borgir, Ancient, Dismal Euphony, Myrkskog, Ragnarok, Ulver and The Second Moon, plus zine/album reviews, a manifesto, and cool live revies of Marduk, Mayhem, Keep of Kalessin, Naglfar and more…thanks to Asmodian Coven via the NWN! clan…and comrade Kurgan who shared it with him first.

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Slayer Zine #10 (Norway) 1994

Slayer Zine #10 (Norway). 1994. Editor: “Metalion” (highlights)

This is a massive issue, 75+ pages of (nearly all) black metal, featuring almost every major name in the scene at the time. Printed on thick paper, with a red cover, it ushered in yet another step in great quality from this long running Norwegian zine. Also check out the Bazillion Points Press of the “Slayer Mag Diaries” -out now. Highlights include VERY early interviews with Opeth (even before Timo Ketola masterfully reworked their logo) and Dissection, right after the release of The Somberlain. For dark humor, I suggest the great answers provided in both the Nifelheim and Sadistik Exekution interviews. And well, for all the black metal history buffs, this one is just stocked with it (check out the prison interview with Thorns) . Also of note is the fantastic Bathory retrospective.