Metal History Through Fanzines

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Level Six #1 (USA) 1987

Level Six #1 (USA) 1987 Ed. “Bill Parker”

Absolute killer zine from Arizona; great bands and a great year for underground metal and crossover. This is the debut issue w/ interviews, features, ads, art and photos of Abnormal Growth, Atrox, New Renaissance Records, Blood Feast, Capital Scum, Casbah, Dirge, Doomwatch, DBC, Death Warrant, Evil Dead, Forefront Records, Have Mercy, Genocide, Hirax, Inner Strength, Insanity, Minotaur, Necropolis, No Fraud, Phantasm, Bathory, Wehrmacht, Possessed, Impetigo, Revelation, Indestroy, Dream Death, Nuclear Assault, Sadus, Sick of It All, The Accused, Tyrranicide, Vacant Grave, Wreckage, reviews, news and more. Thanks to Bill Parker for the submission.

 

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Drowned Magazine #2 (Spain) 1991

Drowned Magazine #2 (Spain) 1991. Editor: “Dave Rotten”

From Drowned Productions‘ own Dave Rotten, this zine is an incredible survey of the underground from late 1990 into 1991, with a lot of original photos, some from Dave himself (apparently from a trip to Sweden that included meeting up with Dissection and others). Very informative with scene reports from Italy and Finland, well-written reviews and interviews and features on many demo-era classics such as Disgrace, Damnatory, Disharmonic Orchestra, Pandemonium, Demigod, Dissection, Infernal Death, Excidium, False Prophet, Sentenced, Human Waste, Impaled Nazarene, Convulse, Sinister, Necrophobic, My Dying Bride, Purtenance, Severence, Vader, Old Funeral, Phlegethon, Putrid Offal, Disembowelment, Malevolent Creation, Sigh, Vital Remains, Suffocation, Tormentor, Unleashed, Vacant Grave, Gorefest and many more…(courtesy of the scanning work from Tezcat from the NWN! board – many thanks/gracias).

 


Noise Metal #8 (Belgium/Francais) 1987

Noise Metal #8 (Belgium/Francais) 1987. Editors: “Michel Kirby, Eddy Van Oosthuyze, Eddy Vandervelde, Dirk Robyn, and Marc Van Yseren” 

Belgian zine in French, includes interviews and/or features with Adrenalin OD, Casbah, D.R.I., Sabbat (JPN), Phantasm (CA), Soothsayer, Suicidal Tendencies, Testament, Vacant Grave, Vulcano, Rancid Decay, a Mayhem advert on the back cover and more…Thanks to Bernd B. for the contribution. PDF up in the downloads section.


Isten #5 (Finland) 1990

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.


Deathvomit Zine #1 (US) 1989

Deathvomit Zine #1 (US) 1989. Editor: “Jeff McClelland”

I put up the second issue of this DC-area zine a few months ago, now here is the first one…features entertaining interviews with Deceased, Autopsy, and early Grave, a pre-Sorrow interview with Apparition, early Norwegian DEATH metal with Hellhammer’s (and other Arcturus members) early band Mortem. Also, stuff from Death Courier, Dr, Shrinker, Epidemic, Hellwitch, Mortem, Mortuary, Necrophile, Ripping CorpseGammacide plus TONS of cool fliers and ads reprinted in these pages, featuring many “known” bands in their demo days…