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Baphomet Zine Compilation (1987-1995) Vol. #1 and #2 (Italy)

Baphomet Zine Compilations (1987-1995) #1 and #2 (Italy) (eds: Enrico, Sarmax, Paulo and Claudio) Italiano (early) & English (later).

Long-running Italian zine brought together over 2 digital volumes. Includes a WIDE variety of metal, extreme metal + punk and hardcore and other genres (as their tastes varied and expanded over the years) + plus some film and author write ups, essays, reviews and more. This original and sincere presentation is a great pleasure to read,  both volumes are available here (vol 1) and here (vol 2).

Issue 1: [Italian] Anthrax/Testament Live review, Creepin Death, Jag Panzer, Anthrax, Def Leppard, Metallica, Voivod, Celtic Frost, Dio/Black Sabbath live review. Taurus, The Accused, Mayhem-Deathcrush, Reviews, demo reviews, and essay on ‘posers’, Zephir, playlists and more.

Issue 2: [Italian] Candlemass, Post Mortem, Flotsam and Jetsam, Arpia, Scream, Vendetta, Darkness, Mayhem (w/ Euronymous), Trojan, A.C.T.H., Extrema, Bloody Anger, Peggio Amico, Mania, Sodom/Whiplash live review, Ice Age, Xandril, video, demo and album reviews, playlists and more.

Issue 3: [Italian] S.N.F.U., NOFX, Raw, Helstar, Bandana, Massacre (Chile), The Accused, Madhouse, OKA, Jesus Went to Jerusalem, Demo reviews, Silverwing, Crash Box, Afflict, 7 Seconds and more.

Issue 4: [Italian] Saint Vitus, Haunting Souls, DOA, Conquest, Pentagram, Gas, Son, NOT, Bloodstar, Astaroth (CA), Domine, Die Kreuzen, Ice Age, Anacrusis, The Missing Links, Monumentum, Outrage, Drowning Roses, demo reviews and more.

Issue 5: [Italian] Internal Void, Revelation, Arpia, Traumatic Voyage, Obliveon, No Rules, Dorso, Caos, Growing Concern, Infezione, Fire Party, Domine, Articoli Su, Deceased, Nuclear Death, Massacre (Chile), Epitafio, Domine, Misguided, Altri, Hexx, Ulcera, playlist, posers, demo reviews and more.

Issue 6: [Italian] New Model Army, Lemonheads, Elektra Drive, Spermbirds, Soul Reaction, No Remorse, Opera IX, Solitude Aeturnus, Caras de Hambre, Maelstrom, Latin Posse, Warrior Soul, Post Mortem, DOA, Rock Progressive Italiano, demo reviews, playlists and more.

Issue 6/7: [English] Nuclear Death, Cathedral, Soul Reaction, Post Mortem, Protected Illusion, Dogma, Maelstrom, Murnau, Caras, De Hambre, Spermbirds, Brain Damage, Headcrasher, Sentenced, Order From Chaos, Wild Rags, Axemaster, Slint, Humanicide, reviews, Dracma records and more..

Issue 8: [English] Confessor, Nosferatu, Decay, Sentenced, Noise Culture, Psycopath, Affirmative Action, Political Asylum, Prestige, Bedlam, Church of Violence, horror cinema, Wild Rags, reviews, vampires more…

Issue 9: [English] The Obsessed, Paradise Lost, Extrema, Necrosanct, Gutted Pulp, Dovercourt, Sadist, Apatridi, Brokenglazz, Nuclear Blast, Rosicrucian, snuff/mondo movies +more

Issue 10: [English] Type O Negative, Inverted, Non-Fiction, Industrial music feature, demo reviews, news, Beyond Reason, Anathema, Mortified, Brain Police, Fanzine reviews, New Model Army, Glacial Fear, Nervewomb, Psychosis, Paul Chain/DeathSS, Christopher Lee, Zombie movies, The Mentors..

Issue 11: [English] Fanzine reviews, Soulgrind, Mortuary Drape, Novembers Doom, Slug & Lettuce zine, demo reviews, Sepolcrum, Monumentum, Eterne, Necromass, Beyond Dawn, Robert Bloch, Lucio Fulci, Mariano Baino, Shiver Records, video reviews + more

 


Agony #1 (Poland) 1991(in Polish)

Agony #1 (Poland) 1991. Editor: “Adam Rozciecha” (in Polish)

With interviews and features in the Polish: Sinister, Demigod, Thou Shalt Suffer, Mexican Scene Report, Dead Infection, Dark Tranquillity, Fleshcrawl, Exulceration, Mortuary Drape, Necrolatry, Superation, Freddie Kruger, Algo, Ancient Rites, Wild Rags, Morten, Hetsheads, Misanthrope, Exmortes, Anatomy, Amorphis, Pandemonium, Monstrosity, Thanatos, Astaroth and more…

 


The Wild Rag #23 (US) 1993

The Wild Rag #23 (US) 1993. Editor: “Richard C”

Notorious LA California label-store-distributor Wild Rags published these zine/newsletters of sort, which served as both label/distro catalog and underground news periodical. There is a lot of history with the Wild Rag (a lot of which is outlined here), and Richard C (despite being maligned and oft-called a rip off) was responsible for putting out a lot of groundbreaking underground metal. This special “Artgore” issue features underground artists Brad Moore, Jeff Gaither and Paw Nielson, plus lots of news and a cool memory-lane list of distro items that reflect the richness of the death-black underground in 1993.

 


Balance of Terror #3 (Canada, 1991)

Balance of Terror #3 (Victoria, BC, Canada) 1991. Editor: “Trev Jarvis”

(UPDATED) With interviews/features/mentions on Impetigo, Inverted, Agothocles, Bolt Thrower,  Impaled Nazarene, Dark Tranquility, Hexx, Nuclear Death, Funeral Oration, Putrid (pre- God Forsaken), Wench, Raped Ape, Eldritch Horror, Ringworm, Impaled Nazarene and Demilich (check out those very early pics), plus letters and reviews, a feature on the Ku Klux Klan’s history, Demi Moore (?), the Loch Ness Monster, Out From the Underground Zine, cool ads from Wild Rags, Itsen, Relapse and more and an editorial on “Rip Offs Killing the Scene.” A centerfold with Dutch band Eternal Nightmare, and a very young “Ultimate Incantation”-ish era Vader is featured on the cover (yet are not featured inside)…PDF up as well.

 


Satanic Death #3 (Japan) July,1988

Satanic Death #3 (Japan) July, 1988. Editor: “Satsuki Takashima”

Cult Japanese zine from ’88 that has been floating around online, so thanks to the original scanner for sharing. W/reviews, live report, playlists and a cool Brazil scene report, adz from Cogumelo and Wild Rags records, plus features and/or interviews with Old Lady Drivers, Atheist, Autopsy, Cianide, Cremains, Darkness, Dead Conspiracy, Holocausto, Mayhem (BZL), Deathpeed, Beleth, Messiah Death, Morbid Angel, Necromancer, Nunslaughter, Obliveon, Obscurity, Prime Evil, Rigor Mortis (NY -pre-Immolation), Sindrome, Mass Death, Tribulation, Usurper, Napalm Death, Witchhammer, Anialator (BZL), Anschluss, Arsenic, and more…

 


FYAFT #3 (Switzerland) 1992

FYAFT #3 (Switzerland) 1992. Editors: “Patrick Koch” and “Cedric Muller”

Short for “find yourself a fucking title,” this Swiss zine was nicely balanced with interviews and  a TON of reviews. Features a diverse lineup, including Dark Millennium, Obsequies, Abraxas, Alchemist, Salem, Mindrot, My Dying Bride, Solitude (Delaware), Konhkra, Metalmania ARP (Italian label), Sentenced, Crucifer, War Spasm, Rest In Piece, Messiah, Interval, Phlegethon, Rot, Exoto, Nothingness, Unbounded Terror, Mas Optica, Possessed, Anesthesia, Fester, Overman, Masacre, Lubricant, Genocide, Phantasm, Excidium, Blood Covered, Heavens Gate, Dark Reality and more…thanks to STEFAN for the contribution.


No Trend Press #2 (Germany) 1987 (auf Deutsch)

No Trend Press #2 (Germany) 1987. Editors: “Boris Kadlicek” and “Servais Grivel” (auf Deutsch)

Crossover zine from ’87 with a good mix of thrash/core, hardcore and early death metal. In German (for those who can read it), features and interviews with Lärm, Annihilator, Cremains, Impetigo, Bad Attitude, Carcass, Autopsy, Chemical Waste, Realm, Atrophy, Desperate Minds, Messiah Death, Genoa, Kazjurol, Terminal Confusion, Lawnmower Death, Hellchild, Dead Conspiracy, Raging Fury, Macabre, Anacrusis,  Obliveon, Nox Mortis, Ice Age, Righteous Pigs, Savage Thrust, Despair, Sheer Terror, Shellshock, Malicious Grind, Sindrome, Wild Rags Records, and there is also an interesting anti-Carnivore rant, claiming they are nazis/fascists…I guess  Mr. Steele’s humour was lost in translation. Thanks to BERND B. for the contribution!

 

 

 


D.O.D./Decibel of Death #9 (France) 1987

D.O.D./Decibel of Death #9 (France) 1987. Editor: “Laurent Ramadier/Ramses”

French zine written in English, with cool demo/album reviews (check out his reaction to the Terrorizer demo), interviews with Cremains, Voivod, Soothsayer, Armoros (Jed Simon), Hellbastard, Death Angel, Fratricide, Deathrow, Infernal Majesty, Massacre (Chile), Outburst (France), an early one with Pestilence, Rancid Decay, and more. Thanks Bernd B. for the contribution.

 


Gloves of Metal #1 (US) Spring 1994

Gloves of Metal #1 (US) Spring 1994. Editors: “Stevo St. Vitus” and “Warren Slocum”

(Thanks to S.L. once more) Zine from Stevo (Impetigo) with a nice essay feature from him on the rise of black metal, Wild Rags records, underground “rip-offs,” and the rise of fascism in then ‘new’ East Europe. Plus a nice Candlemass pic,  Zappa and Oliva RIP’s, features and interviews with Angelkill, Sindrome, Lobotomy, Manowar, Pavor, Grief, Murder Basket, Avatar (IL), a history of Mercyful Fate, demo reviews, the 100 greatest LPS of 1984, and much more. (PDF up in downloads section).

 


Blasphemer #1 (Chile) 1990 (in Spanish/Español)

Blasphemer #1 (Chile) 1990 (in Spanish/Español). Editors: “Juan Olmedo” and “Christian Vargas”

Another zine from the vibrant Chilean scene (also fully downloadable via the Crucified for Your Sins blog- check it out and thanks Mario), with interviews/reviews/features on a number of pivotal bands right at the point they were developing…I could find no date, but after some investigating I feel pretty sure this is from 1990. Includes among others Apparition, Baphomet, Cadaver, Carnage, Benediction, Abhorrence, Darkthrone, Mortem, Asphyx, Demolition Hammer, Forced Entry, Ripping Corpse, Hexx, Winter, Tormentor, Immolation, Invocator, Carbonized, Entombed, Malevolent Creation, Massacra, Mayhem Merciless, Mortuary Drape, Treblinka, Wild Rags Records, Nocturnus, Paradise Lost, Phlegethon, Sadism, Schizo, Acheron, Vader, Exmortis, Vengeance etc…


Bestial Conspiracy Zine #2 (Chile) 1990 (Español)

Bestial Conspiracy Zine #2 (Chile) 1990, Editors: “Mauricio Perez R., Jose M. Rodriguez, Jorge W. Olate, Luis Salvo, and Moises Leiva Riffo, et al.” (Español )

This issue was a contribution from one of the zine’s editors (Mr. Jorge Olate), who graciously offered up the scans to share with everyone (as well as for the metal ‘historic record’). It was produced out of Chile at a very critical time in the underground, and a cursory glance through the ‘reviews’ sections will give you an idea as to how the underground was exploding at the time (and if your Spanish is up to par, it’s quite revealing). A look at the Chilean bands at the time reveals as well the depth of the scene there, plus interviews with Forced Entry, Doomwatch, Solitude Aeturnus, Carcass, Mayhem, and more.

Also, here is a recent, more specific outline of this particular issue from DEATHTHRASHER in Peru.

Lastly, a few notes from Jorge:

“This was our 2nd issue, 1990. This mag was printed in 4-5 moths with the help from a friend & his father. In Chile , during these years, only a few magazine were printed. Maybe INSANITY, BLOWING THRASH, and BESTIAL CONSPIRACY,  and reported on the Death Metal & Black Metal scenes to the Chilean metalheads. Our influences were MORBID MAGAZINE (NORWAY), UNIFORCE (USA), and the BOOK OF ARMAGGEDDON (USA), among others. 1990 was an incredible year, sadly many guys involved started with University, & other problems, and we never finished a third issue, many interviews with CARCASS, IMPETIGO, IMMOLATION, INCANTATION were never printed, sad. In 2009, we did a web page, only for one years, but too this web died. Our motto was “BESTIAL CONSPIRACY “Muertos desde 1989″……that translates to something like “BC died from 1989”.  – Jorge Olate, 2012

 



Screams From the Gutter #27 (NJ, USA) Feb/Mar 1991

Screams From the Gutter #27 (NJ, USA) Feb/Mar 1991, Editor: “Evil Dave”

This zine consisted primarily of album reviews, although this issue does have an interview with Prime Evil. Either way, fun stuff, and a good look into what was on the record-store shelves in early 1991.

 


Infernal Zine #2 (Rovaniemi, FINLAND) 1992 (In Finnish)

 Infernal Zine #2 (Rovaniemi, FINLAND) 1992. Editors: Esa Juujarvi and Matti Selin

Here are some excerpts from this fantastic stapled and printed zine from the northern Finnish town of Rovaniemi (better known as the folkloric home of Santa Claus to some). The zine is all in Finnish, so the few Finns that do stop by here will get more out of it than most. It features pretty much ONLY Finnish bands from the time, and was packed out with locals that never made it, but also more popular notables like Sentenced, Vomiturition (now known as Rotten Sound), cult heroes Adramelech and Depravity (whose members went on to be in Sonata Arctica and Korpiklaani), and also Thergothon, Mordicus, God Forsaken, and hometown black metal dudes Black Crucifixion, among others.


Intellektual Spew #5 (TN, USA) 1998

Intellektual Spew #5 (TN, USA) 1998, Editors: “Bart and Jeff”

Late in the 1990s, print zines were still thriving (despite the internet taking its first stabs at online-zines through DIY sites hosted by Geocities, among others), and Intellektual Spew was a standout in the underground during the time. It was nicely printed and bound, and featured underground bands across the metal spectrum, as by 1998, death and black metal fractured into numerous spin-off subgenres that labels  The End Records (interviewed here) began to specialize in. This issue features the likes of an EARLY Arch Enemy (still with the original singer), Rotten Sound, Assuck, Australia’s Damaged, Quebec’s Martyr, Finland’s And Oceans, Incantation, and Agalloch members ‘other’ band Sculptured. There is also an interesting article on homophobia in the metal underground, as well as with Andreas from The End Records. The cover is by notable underground artist Russ Evans.


The Untouchables #3 (Finland) 1993 (Finnish)

The Untouchables #3 (Finland) 1993. Editor: “Timo Isoaho”

This zine was printed and stapled, somewhere between a digest size and a regular magazine-size, and covers a nice selection of both Finnish and international bands. A hard read for many, as it is written in Finnish, it is nevertheless a part of what was an explosive number of zines out of such a small country during the time. This one features interviews with the now cult-status likes of God Forsaken and Master’s Hammer, as well as Demigod, Dead Head, Drowned Productions, Gorefest, Lubricant, My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, Tarot, Sororicide, Wild Rags Records and for you “vanha koulu” Suomen readers out there, there are a number of cool live show reviews from across Finland from 1992…were you there? Also look for numerous cool adverts spread throughout…


Vangueness Of Dastardity Zine #1 (Germany) 1989

Vangueness Of Dastardity Zine #1 (Germany) 1989. Editors: Dominik Shulz and Bernd Spring

This oddly-titled zine features interviews and write-ups with Sindrome, Agathocles, Abomination, Blood, the South American scene, Immolation, demo reviews and what might be the first ever Nuclear Blast ad.