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Slayer #16 (Norway) 2001

Slayer #16 (Norway) 2001. Editor: “Metalion”

Early 2000’s issue of this long running ultimo-classic from Norway by the one and only Metalion. Interviews, photos, adverts and features with Aborym, Sodom, Equimanthorn, Blood Storm, Bloodthorn, Dekapitator,King Fowley, Desaster, Destruction, Wacken 2001, Dracena, Merciless Records, Exumer, Absu, Hemlock, Holy Moses, MLO Misantropiska Lucifer Orden , Impiety, Nifelheim, Pentacle, Pentagram (CH), Razor, Sadistik Exekution, Warlord records and more…

 

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Loud ‘N’ Proud #2 (East Germany) 1990

Loud ‘N’ Proud #2 (East Germany) 1990. Editor: “Andreas Schoewe” (auf Deutsch)

Second issue of this East German zine [“Das Erste Hard Rock und Heavy Metal Journal der DDR”] – this time a bit more even and coming into form – [again, I was told that this was the first hard rock/metal zine to come from the former East Germany (Rostock-Deutsche Demokratische Republik or DDR/GDR) prior to reunification]. Once more, a great window into the German metal/Hard Rock scene in the late 1980s/early 1990 with a live review of Black Sabbath and Running Wild, interviews and features with Headless, Holy Moses, Majk Mati, Mania, Treat, Viper, Mordred, Sabbat, Risk, Rosa Rock, Scanner, a Bon Scott tribute, a Heavy Metal against AIDS feature, plus album reviews and a Sodom lyrics thing and a Tankard pic I have not seen before. (Thanks to N. Barsch for sharing).

 

 


Loud ‘N’ Proud #1 (East Germany) 1990 (auf Deutsch)

Loud ‘N’ Proud #1 (East Germany) 1990. Editor: “Andreas Schoewe” (auf Deutsch)

“Das Erste Hard Rock und Heavy Metal Journal der DDR” – Nice historical gem here. I was told (and it is also stated in the contents/credits) that this was the first hard rock/metal zine to come from the former East Germany (Rostock-Deutsche Demokratische Republik or DDR/GDR) prior to reunification. It appears it might be true, because for some reason this issue has a number of photos ‘redacted'(?), so perhaps it was censored before it was released? Who knows. Anyways, great snapshot of the German scene in the late 1980s with some Noise Records bands and others including Accept, B.O.R.N., Bonfire, Defcon, Hardholz, Kreator, Lanadrid, Mephisto, Noisehunter, Rage, Running Wild, Scorpions, Titan, U.D.O., Vice and a review of the X-Mas Metal Meeting in Dusseldorf  on December 19, 1989, that featured Manowar, Saxon, Fates Warning, Sabbat and Lizzy Borden, plus album reviews. (Thanks to N. Barsch for sharing).

 

 


Descent #1 (USA) May,1994

Descent #1 (USA) May, 1994. Editor: “Steve O’Malley”

Descent: An excellent offering from the mid-90s focusing primarily on black, dark and darker-oriented death metal [NOTE: While I included this issue on SBMS to make it searchable and ‘research’able in the broader archive, the editor (Steve O’Malley) actually has all of the issues online as PDF’s (along with autobiographical notes) on his website Ideologic.] Includes interviews with Burzum, Emperor, Accursed, Beyond Dawn, Solemn, In The Woods…, Necrophobic, Sigh, Bestial Warlust, Manes, Savior, Mangled, Nagual Mag., Immolation, a feature on Gorgoroth, as well as an essay on Heathenism in Classical Music, a US scene report and reviews.

 

 


Agonia #3 (Poland) 2001

Agonia #3 (Poland) 2001. Editor: “Filip Jesion”

Polish zine of epic proportions (later to be built into the record label of the same name). Some blurry scans in there, sorry, but for the most part, a nice look at the underground in its post-millennium form. Interviews and more with Abhorrence (Brazil), Antaeus, Arkhon Infaust, Astriaal, Averse Sefira, Bestial Mockery,  Bloodthorn, Dreams of Damnation, Death SS, Deceased, Denial of God, Krieg, Grand Belial’s Key, Manilla Road, Melechesh, Necrophagia, Nunslaughter, Open Hell festival, Pentacle, Sathanas, Slugathor, Teutonic, Thanatos, The Forgotten, Throneum, Usurper, and more…Thanks Pawel.

 


Gospel of Darkness #2 (Spain) 1994

Gospel of Darkness #2 (Spain) 1994. Editor: “Dani” (en Español)

Massive Spanish zine that heavily reflects the Spanish scene from early 90s w/ a LOT of Iberian bands (plus some nice surprises from elsewhere). Features, reviews and interviews with Avulsed, Blood Duster, Brazil and Lithuania scene reports, Decayed, Dead Christ, Dismal, Gore Beyond Necropsy, Gut, Rot, Hordes, Impaled Nazarene, Deteriorate, Haemmorhage, Infestus, Fermento, Golgotha, Human Waste, Wretched, Mortuary Drape, Necromantia, Moredor, Masacre, In the Woods, In Torment, Chemical Breath, Putrid Offal, Unnatural and many more…thanks to Marcos from the Galician Death Metal Antiquarium for pointing it my way, via original host librometalextremo.com.

 


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…