Metal History Through Fanzines

Isten (FIN)

Isten “Twin Sister” (Finland) November, 1997

Isten “Twin Sister” (Finland) November, 1997 . Created by: Mikko Mattila, Janne Sarna, Kola Krauze and Damhair.

60 pages on A4. 500 pressed. One of the most innovative, long running and well-written/designed zines in the history of the metal underground, recently enshrined in its own hardback anthology format via the Svart Records-published, 804 page “Don’t Break the Ghost” (which can be found here). This issue is the second in the so-called Headwind Trilogy, entitled Twin Sister. Unfortunately, like a lot of great analog media, the actual brilliance of the design can not be transmitted digitally in all its tactile and olfactory glory, but this can give you a hint. Featuring Canaan, The Great Kat, Agathodaimon, Brian Death Cobra, Metalucifer, Costa Stoios of Tales of the Macabre Zine, Rotting Christ, Bethel, Solstice (UK), Arch Enemy, Two Witches, Sup and more with reviews throughout the issue. Thanks to Pawel W. for scanning his copy and sending it over.

 


Mortuary #3 (Germany) 1992.

Mortuary #3 (Germany) 1992. Editor: “Christian Hillenbrand”

Massive German zine (in English) packed with tons of reviews and (brief) interviews targeting many of the underground’s death and black metal notables of 1992, as well as zine editors like those from Slayer and Isten, and even Earache Records (with Pete Lee from Lawnmower Deth representing). Features Beherit, Benediction, Bolt Thrower, Carcass, Cannibal Corpse, Dark Tranquillity, Darkified, Dark Millenium, Fleshcrawl, Demigod, Desultory, Furbowl, Goatlord, Goreaphobia, Gorefest, Inverted, Hetsheads, Malaphar, Mega-Slaughter, Immolation, Necrophobic, My Dying Bride, Mould, Pan-Thy-Monium, Samael, Tiamat, Traumatic and more. Thanks to Stefan Lons for sharing!


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.