Metal History Through Fanzines

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Exhume Zine #4 (Tennessee, USA) July 1993

Exhume Zine #4 (Tennessee, USA) July 1993. Editor: James Kelly Enochs III.

This was the fourth and final issue of Exhume (issue #3 was put up a while ago), and like the previous, it was stapled on thick, copied paper. This makes for some hard eye-squint reading in places, but nothing that zooming in can not fix. The editorial reflects the interesting time that was 1993 in the underground, as ‘first wave’ death metal bands were either breaking up, getting weird/stagnating/soft, or signing to major labels. Some bands you may know like Samael, who are still going today, and others like Afflicted and Seance were very cool bands that broke up shortly thereafter. Also check  scene reports from Lithuania and New Zealand, as well as an interview with Metalion of the Slayer Zine from Norway.

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Slayer Zine #9 (Norway) 1991

Slayer Zine #9 (Norway), 1991. Editor: Metalion (highlights)

This is the second copy of several Slayer zines I have laying around (thanks to Grindfather Richard Johnson). From 1991, #9 is dedicated to the then recently deceased ‘Dead‘ of Mayhem (he is on the cover from 1987, with Morbid), and it features an obituary/rant of sorts in the back pages, where “The Duke…” indicts the ‘trendy death metal bands’ that were flooding the underground then,  championing instead the originality of the bands coming out of Norway at the time (all the forefathers of the black metal scene). Great interviews throughout, including early ones with The Gathering, Cathedral, and My Dying Bride.

As a reminder the “Slayer Mag Diaries” due out in June from Bazillion Points. 


Diarium Autopsia # 2 (Finland) 1992

Diarium Autopsia # 2 (Finland) 1992. Editors: Heidi Lipsanen and Sonja Kangas

This fantastic, yet short lived zine was stapled and photocopied, but read and felt like a professional. From Finland, yet written in great English, it focused on the Finnish scene extensively (with fun pre-Rotten Sound interview with Vomiturition, and other stuff like Mordicus and Belial). Also features cool interviews with early Swedish notables like Afflicted and Liars in Wait (w/ Kristian Wahlin), and the interview with Mike Patton/Mr. Bungle is pretty exceptional. Plus Thromdarr, Rot, Uncanny, Sentenced, Pestigore, Paradise Lost, Napalm Death, The Corpse Grinders, Lubricant, Incantation, Exempt, Dismember, Decomposed, Ancient Rites, Amorphis and more..