Metal History Through Fanzines

Vital Remains (US)

Heresy Magazine #3 (Australia) 1998

Heresy Magazine #3 (Australia) 1998. Editor: “Jason M. Healey”

Zine produced by Atomizer (AUS) vocalist Jason Healey from the late 90s focusing on dark-death and black metal, with interviews, info and features on Agatus, Angelcorpse, Blot Mine, Burzum, Desaster, Destroyer 666, Gospel of the Horns, Helheim, Marduk, Mayhem, Mortuary Oath, Pentacle, Tyrant, Usurper, Vital Remains, Vulpecula and more. Thanks to Pawel W. for scanning and sharing his copy.

 


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.


Anatomia#1 (Scotland) Oct. 1993

Anatomia#1 (Scotland) Oct. 1993. Editor: “Bill”

Well-designed zine out of Scotland from the early 90’s featuring a very diverse lineup of interviews, cool reviews, Norwegian scene report and more, featuring Crucifier, Edge of Sanity, Embalmed, Furbowl, Sentenced, Gorefest, Imprecation, Malediction, Depravity, Nocturnal Rites, Vital Remains, House of Usher, Thus Defiled, Vomitory etc.


Esoteric Mag #3 (Poland) March, 1992

Esoteric Mag #3  (Poland) March, 1992. Editor: “Miroslawa Mackiewicz

With features and interviews with Monstrosity, Astaroth, Unholy, Baphomet, Thergothon, Dead, Absu, Demigod, Morbid God, Immolation, Immortal Fate, Nightfall, God Dethroned, Gorefest, Misanthrope, Revenant, Vital Remains, Pyogenesis, and more.


Clandestine Zine (Santiago, Chile) #1 July 1994 (Español)

Clandestine Zine (Santiago, Chile) #1 July 1994. Editor: “Robert P. Zarathustra”

Here at SBMS, a noticeable lack of zines from the non-English speaking world compelled me to start digging up the zines I have in other languages, so here is a first from Chile (in Spanish). The main feature of this issue is a lengthy interview with Uruguay’s Inner Sanctum, notable as a project involving Anton Reisenegger (of Chile’s Pentagram, and currently in Lock Up). Other cool contributions (for those who can read it) include interviews with Gorefest, the highly underrated Texans Imprecation, Macabre, Inner Sanctum, Alchemist, Allegiance, Anathema, Gorefest, Macabre, Mercyful Fate, Nightfall, Ripping Corpse, Undercroft, Vital Remains, Osmose Productions and others. (Note: A few interviews in this zine were unreadable due to printing errors, so they were not included). Lastly, I have numerous other zines in German, Finnish, and more that will go up periodically to diversify the site in coming months…

Also, Clandestine was resurrected in 2010. They published their second issue in
2011 and will press a third issue in December 2012. They are online here:
http://www.clandestinemetalzine.cl (please visit with Google Chrome or Firefox)


Rot Zine #2 (US) 1990

Rot Zine #2 (US) 1990. Eds: Bryan Durren and Rich Bush

This stapled, near digest-sized zine out of Michigan featured great pre-signing interviews with the likes of Cynic, Immolation, Deceased, Sadus, Vital Remains and more…plus some cool post-vintage offerings from Possessed (trying to reform!?), Sacrifice (pre-Soldiers of Misfortune) and Sarcofago. Additionally, there are Wild Rags Records cult favs Order From Chaos and Impetigo, and a long Altars of Madness-era interview with Dave Vincent among many others.


Sinistrari Zine #1 (USA), 1992

Sinistrari Zine #1 (USA), 1993. Editor: ZAID

I picked this zine up somewhere around 1992/93, and it quickly became a favorite. Well written, in multiple languages (in some interviews), with well thought-out questions revealing an international vibe that reflected the multi-national unity of the nascent death/black underground. First issue, top notch-not sure if he put any more out. It’s from my home town area of Washington DC, although I can not remember how I got it. There was no editorial, but after some research, it seems it was published by Gelal of the band GRAND BELIAL’s KEY. Anyways, great interviews from a crucial period when there actually was a real ‘scene.’