Metal History Through Fanzines

Wisconsin Scene Report

Subversive Agenda #3 (USA) 1995

Subversive Agenda #3 (USA) 1995. Editor: “Chris Wojcik”

Mid-90s effort from Northern California, very representative of the indie labels (with ads from Red Stream, Visceral Productions, Rage Records etc. inside) and second-generation bands in the underground at the time – which was also when we started to see the fanzine culture itself start to sputter a bit (with the internet on the horizon). This has some pretty entertaining interviews, particularly with Incantation and Kataklysm on their ’95 US tour, a fun, early Exhumed interview, tons of reviews, an odd anti-“poser” black metal rant (from a guest, not the editor), tons of cool ads, demo reviews(!) and more from Bhaobhan Sidhe, Compression, Enthroned (California) , Esoteric, Gonkulator, Hellwitch, Hemdale, Milwaukee Scene Report, Pale Existence, Ads, Zine reports etc. (Thanks Vladimir)


Chamber of Sorrow Zine #4 (Wisconsin, USA) 1993

Chamber of Sorrow Zine  #4 (Wisconsin, USA) 1993. Editors: “Jason Verhagen and T.J. Rappel”

I was feeling a bit nice this evening after having downed a few Imperial Stouts, so after looking through this long forgotten gem, I was stunned to find a plethora (or should I say inordinate amount) of amazing demo reviews. This issue is simply stacked with page after page of what amounts to a “who’s who” of second generation underground death, black, doom and more. This issue is quite a fun read, just leaf through the reviews and it’s a trip down memory lane, not just for the bands that got ‘big’ after this era, but for the bands that did not. Lots of lost demo glory here. On top of that, there are interviews with Paradise Lost, Liers in Wait, Evocation, Demilich, Throne of Ahaz, Amorphis, Vomitory, God Forsaken, Pitch Shifter, My Dying Bride, Katatonia, and more. Great layout, fantastic original art, and killer vibe.