Metal History Through Fanzines

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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…

 

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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.