Metal History Through Fanzines

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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.

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Diabolical Noise #6 (Poland) 1993.

Diabolical Noise #6 (Poland) 1993. Editor: Jaro Szubrycht

This zine out of Poland was photocopied and folded together, with no staple, yet still super cool with great outlines, borders, and a nice sense of humor. The obvious drawback is the super small type (but that can be fixed by ‘zooming in’ on the pages/jpegs as needed with or without your browser), but beyond that there is demo-era interviews (or articles about) Cradle of Filth, Enslaved, and (a tiny) one on Behemoth. Additionally, there are some excellent scene reports from the UK and elsewhere, inties with Thergothon, Immolation, Inverted, Cannibal Corpse, Unleashed, Corpus Rottus, and much more.