Metal History Through Fanzines

US Metal Records

Blackthorn #5 (Denmark) 1987

Blackthorn #5 (Denmark) 1987. Editors: “Henrik Kjaer” and “Esben Slot Sørensen”

This Danish zine was quite popular back then (3000 copies pressed) and you can see why: Interviews and tons of write-ups from perhaps the most compelling year of both death and thrash metal = 1987. With Infernal Majesty, Deathrash, Hallows Eve, Sadus, Possessed, Voivod, Morbid Angel, Legacy (Testament), Soothsayer, Mefisto, Aggressor, Heathen, Criminal Christ (Messiah Death), Nuclear Death, Doomwatch, Rotting Corpse, and much more… [Thanks to Tawfik from Zombi Danz for the contribution]

 


Metal Forces #21 (UK) 1986

Metal Forces #21 (UK) 1986. Editor: “Bernard Doe”

[Once more, it’s a given that Metal Forces was certainly not a fanzine, yet it still deserves archival status. As previously stated, the importance of the magazine for the development of the global underground and all ’extreme’ genres can not be understated – they covered many notable bands before any other press did, and were a reliable go-to source for news in the pre-internet era.]

Here I have issue #21, all 47 pages- it’s a good mix of speed and thrash (heavily on the rise at the time), along with the token glam rock sprinkled throughout (posers!!!??)…I wonder why they even bothered with the glam rock then, because if you check out the “Readers Album Chart”- its all thrash and speed?! Lots of cool reviews though with the essential “Demolition” demo review section (Nuclear Death!), pen-pal and fanzine addresses etc. One thing I question however is the “78” review for Fates Warning’s Awaken the Guardian …come on!? And Zebra gets a 91? Anyways, reader mail, plus killer live reviews of Deathrow (plus intie), Overkill, Whiplash, Metallica, Voivod, Possessed and more, as well as features on Anthrax, English Dogs, Attacker, Crumbsuckers, Dark Angel, Helstar, Steeler, Voivod (again) etc.