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The Art of Necronomicon #3 (Austria) 1995

The Art of Necronomicon #3 (Austria) 1995. Editors: “P.K” and “Graf Daemon Van Zazas

Austrian black metal-only zine put out by Peter from Abigor, and Graf of (the Austrian) Nefarius, with a number of essays on Satanism, as well as interviews and/or features with Ancient, Behemoth, Black Funeral, Darkness Enshroud, Crimson Arcanium, Demoniac, Faust (Emperor), Forgotten Woods, Grand Belial’s Key, Infernum, Nefarius, Nebelburg, The Black Order, Summoning, Tumulus, and more. Cheers to the Dark Legions for archiving this.

 


Battlefield #5 (GER) 1985 (auf Deutsch)

Battlefield #5 (GER) 1985. Editor: “Markus Zimmerman” (auf Deutsch)

Another mid-80s classic from D-land, with interviews, live reviews, and features on Agent Steel, Tankard, At War, Cryptic Slaughter, Death, Sons of Satan, Desaster Area, Exodus, Helloween, Destruction, Hallows Eve, Jag Panzer, Metallica, Hirax, Dark Angel, Kreator, Messiah, Samhain (GER), Possessed, Slaughter (CAN), Angel Dust, Savage Grace, Sodom, Slayer, Venom, Exodus, Atomkraft, Violent Force and more…thanks to Battlefild-Magazine.de. PDF up in DL section.

 


Blitzkrieg #3 (Germany) 1985 (auf Deutsch)

Blitzkrieg #3 (Germany) 1985. Editors: “Ralf Ludwig, Roland Dähne, Andreas Hartmann, Olaf Moretzki” (auf Deutsch)

Exceptional German zine from a great year in metal. Includes some pics that, at least I, have not seen before from Death, Celtic Frost and others. Features/Reviews and interviews with Overkill, Death, Bathory, Enforcer, Black Virgin, Iron Angel, Medieval, Nigro Mantia, Angel Dust, Poison (GER), Backwater, Nasty Savage, Savage Grace, Siren, Warfare and Venom. I found this one on an older hard drive, so not sure who originally scanned this/sent it, but thanks from all of us. PDF up as well in D/L section.

 


Raise the Dead #1 (Germany) 1984

Raise the Dead #1 (Germany) 1984. Editors: “Timo Weber” (auf Deutsch)

Lots of history packed in this one. Whether you can read German or not, it is still worth a gander for the original artwork from Away (Voivod) and the early Death feature…one of the earliest I have ever seen (on their first Death by Metal demo). Also interviews, info and/or features with Acid, Iron Angel, Overkill, Tankard, Celtic Frost, Destruction, Exciter, Hirax, Liege Lord, Sodom, Metallica, Motorhead, Nasty Savage, Artillery, Venom, Overdose, Mania, Vortex, Sons of Satan, Steel Assassin, Whiplash, Zoetrope, and more… [PDF up in DL section]


Speed Attack #1 (Germany) 1984 (auf Deutsch)

Speed Attack #1 (Germany) 1984. (auf Deutsch) Editors: “Michael Trengert, Peter Zohren and Tomo Dolevic”

Early German zine released in the year of 1984. One of the editors was notably Michael Trengert, who went on to be one of the Summer Breeze Festival (GER) organizers and also a former European manager of Metal Blade Records. He recently died after a long battle with illness, so this goes out to him, in the metal afterlife. Features Hellhammer (in transition to Celtic Frost), Destruction, Battleaxe, Mania, pics of Mercyful Fate and Metallica, a Loudness live review, Overdose (GER), Running Wild, Vortex (NETH), Martyr (NETH), Stormwitch, Warlock, Venom, Grave Digger, Acid, and more.


Metal Forces #21 (UK) 1986

Metal Forces #21 (UK) 1986. Editor: “Bernard Doe”

[Once more, it’s a given that Metal Forces was certainly not a fanzine, yet it still deserves archival status. As previously stated, the importance of the magazine for the development of the global underground and all ’extreme’ genres can not be understated – they covered many notable bands before any other press did, and were a reliable go-to source for news in the pre-internet era.]

Here I have issue #21, all 47 pages- it’s a good mix of speed and thrash (heavily on the rise at the time), along with the token glam rock sprinkled throughout (posers!!!??)…I wonder why they even bothered with the glam rock then, because if you check out the “Readers Album Chart”- its all thrash and speed?! Lots of cool reviews though with the essential “Demolition” demo review section (Nuclear Death!), pen-pal and fanzine addresses etc. One thing I question however is the “78” review for Fates Warning’s Awaken the Guardian …come on!? And Zebra gets a 91? Anyways, reader mail, plus killer live reviews of Deathrow (plus intie), Overkill, Whiplash, Metallica, Voivod, Possessed and more, as well as features on Anthrax, English Dogs, Attacker, Crumbsuckers, Dark Angel, Helstar, Steeler, Voivod (again) etc.


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…


Blowing Thrash #2 (Chile) Marzo, 1986 (Español)

Blowing Thrash #2  (Chile) Marzo, 1986. Editor: “Anton Reisenegger” (Español)

Fantastic contribution from the vibrant Chilean metal scene during the 1980’s, put together by none other than Anton Reisenegger of Chile’s cult early death metal outfit Pentagram (and currently in Lock Up). Features Chilean national report, a lengthy Slayer segment and interviews and features on Exodus, Destructor (pic), Celtic Frost, Post Mortem, Cryptic Slaughter, Hallows Eve, Legacy (pre-Testament), Tyrant, Abattoir, Sacrelege, Whiplash, Slaughter, Necrophagia, Hades, Venom, and more.


Metal Forces #20 (UK) 1986

Metal Forces #20 (UK) 1986. Editor: “Bernard Doe”

Once more, it’s a given that Metal Forces was certainly not a fanzine, yet it still deserves archival status. (As previously stated) the importance of the magazine for the development of the global underground and all ’extreme’ genres can not be understated – they covered many notable bands before any other press did, and were a reliable go-to source for news in the pre-internet era. Here I have issue #20, and to some extent I was forced to eliminate the posers from the scans, because as we know, SBMS has never supported poser bands and never will!!!!!!! (Just kidding…well, not really). This issue was put out at the end of 1986, so it features the news about Cliff Burton’s death, and even has a review of his last show with Metallica in Stockholm, Sweden (along with Anthrax) in the “Frontline” live reviews. Also there are live reviews from the Crumbsuckers/Carnivore, Destruction and Kreator. Interviews/features include Abattoir, Possessed, Destruction, Kreator, Overkill, and more, in addition to a fanzine list, penpal addresses, playlists, and news.


SOD – Sounds of Death (Missouri, USA) #3, Summer 1993

SOD – Sounds of Death (Missouri, USA) #3, Summer 1993. Editor: “David Horn”

Like the issue #2 which I posted up a while back (see archives to the right), this is again sort of ‘in between’ a zine and magazine. David Horn’s eventually long-running Sounds Of Death still remained ambitious, and this time around it is packed with original art contributions from Cannibal Corpse cover artist Vincent Locke. Featuring pro-print, color cover, while keeping the underground feel, this issue also has an interview with Locke, along with Brujeria, Dismember, Cancer (nice tour story from their US tour with Deicide and Demolition Hammer), Venom (with trash talk on good old Raven), Kataklysm, Morbid Angel, and Vader. Lastly, TONS of cool record label ads.

 


The Book of Armageddon #1 (NY, USA) 1986

The Book of Armageddon #1 (NY, USA) 1986, Editor: “Ed Farshtey”

A few weeks back, I put up BOA #4 with commentary from Ed Farshtey. This week, I have a super-rare copy of BOA #1 from 1986, and it features VERY early and cool (yet brief) interviews with DEATH (Evil Chuck when he was out in California – and hey I forgot he jammed with DRI drummer Eric Brecht then) , POSSESSED (Lalonde), CELTIC FROST (Warrior), DARK ANGEL (Hoglan-right before signing to Combat Records), a long interview with Quorthon from BATHORY (On recording “THE RETURN:” I was drunk every second during the recording…we had a great time“, live reviews, and several cool ads for DEATH‘s Mutilation demo, and a back cover ad for pre-CARCASS band “DISATTACK“.

 


Metal Forces #27 (UK) 1988

Metal Forces #27 (UK) 1988. Editor: “Bernard Doe”

Okay, so Metal Forces was certainly not a fanzine, yet it still deserves archival status. The importance of the magazine for the development of the global underground and all ‘extreme’ genres can not be understated – they covered many notable bands before any other press did, and were a reliable go-to source for news in the pre-internet era. With that said, I will be featuring scans of Metal Forces semi-regularly alongside the DIY zines. This issue features  a cover story on Australia’s Mortal Sin, interviews with Agnostic Front, Blind Illusion (pre-Primus), a young Testament, Destruction, and Venom. Tons of cool label ads (like the back cover for Manic Ears Recordscheck out their story here), and a year-end poll to give you an idea of where things were headed at the end of 1987. Finally, there is an interesting interview with Martin Ain of Celtic Frost, that discusses among other things touring, the then just-released “Into the Pandemonium,” and Tom Warrior’s ongoing feud with a Metal Force’s writer.