Metal History Through Fanzines

Moribund Records (US)

I Came From Darkness #4 (Finland) February 1996

 I Came From Darkness #4 (Finland) February 1996. Editor: “NorthWind”

 

Early zine from long-time Sinister Flame operator/writer NorthWind, whose keen insights into the darker arts interpret the transitional mid-90s period of black metal (and emerging affiliated/obscure sub-genres) with both disdain and anticipation. Well-written and idiosyncratic, a true gem of the era. Features interviews and/or review-features with Bethzaida, Azhubham Haani, Burzum, Hammer of Damnation zine, labels like Entropy Productions, Necromantic Gallery Productions, Malign, Setherial, Helheim, Necromantia, Mortiis, Septic Flesh, The 3rd and the Mortal, Solistitium records, Lowland records, Misanthropy records and more. Thanks very much to Matin V. for scanning, from the personal archives of sir Risto. PDF up in downloads.

 


Hard Stuff #1 (Poland-US) Sept. 1994

Hard Stuff #1 (Poland-US) Sept. 1994. Editor: “Mariusz Kmiolek”

A one-off, combined effort from Poland’s Thrash ’em All and US’s Loud Magazine. I am not sure if it ever got off the ground into a regular publication(?), but this short introductory issue from late in 1994 was still pretty cool, with some ads and pics I have not seen elsewhere, some reviews (demo and album), as well as a selection of interviews and features on Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Absu and Setenced. (thanks Pawel)


SOD – Sounds of Death (Missouri, USA) #3, Summer 1993

SOD – Sounds of Death (Missouri, USA) #3, Summer 1993. Editor: “David Horn”

Like the issue #2 which I posted up a while back (see archives to the right), this is again sort of ‘in between’ a zine and magazine. David Horn’s eventually long-running Sounds Of Death still remained ambitious, and this time around it is packed with original art contributions from Cannibal Corpse cover artist Vincent Locke. Featuring pro-print, color cover, while keeping the underground feel, this issue also has an interview with Locke, along with Brujeria, Dismember, Cancer (nice tour story from their US tour with Deicide and Demolition Hammer), Venom (with trash talk on good old Raven), Kataklysm, Morbid Angel, and Vader. Lastly, TONS of cool record label ads.