Metal History Through Fanzines

Wrong Again Records (SWE)

MorticiaNumskull #8 (Netherlands) 1996 (Joint issue of Mortician and Numskull zines)

MorticiaNumskull  #8 (Netherlands) 1996 (Joint issue of Mortician and Numskull zines). Editors: “Wicliff Wolda” and “Harodl Dekkers”

Combined 8th issue of these 90’s Dutch zines, with a very well written and comprehensive review section – just a good survey of the transitional mid-90s weirdness in the underground at the time, lots of adverts from the avant-garde labels as well,  plus interviews/features on Celtic Frost, Cold Meat Industry (label), Misanthropy records, Infernal Majesty, artist Arjen Kunnen, Mortiis, October Tide, Paradigma, Shadow Dances, the Green River Killer and more… (Thanks Stef!) PDF up as well in DL sec.

 

 

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Dauthus Zine #1 (Sweden) 1996

Dauthus Zine #1 (Sweden) 1996, Editor: “Timo Ketola”

This zine has a sort of ‘cult’ following these days, and its well deserved. Herra Ketola obviously put untold hours of blood and brains into his zines, with exceptional and witty writing, original layouts, and aesthetic taste that was rare among the multitude of zines that had come before (and after), with only a handful achieving this creative plateau. Perhaps Herra Ketola might forgive the crass re-representation here, as these scans  can not do justice to the warm, ‘analog’ feel of holding this zine in one’s hands. This is hand-numbered copy #227, and the beauty is indeed in the details. Some have  complained about the difficult to read “Fraktur” font, and while it is small, the work one ultimately must put into engaging the writing is also part of the reward (in a sense). This is one that you might want to print out and read either way. This issue features interviews with artist SV Bell, A Mind Confused (later Kaamos), Sepulchral Voice Zine’s creator, Equimanthorn (+Absu+Equitant), Impetigo, The Equinox of the Gods, Dying Fetus (…with ‘yours truly’), Cruachan, Moonspell, and many more, as well as a feature on W.A.R. Records, a cool write-up on historic and/or interesting cemeteries, and much more fun in the details and margins…seek and ye shall find…

 


Hypnosis #5 (Germany) 1997 (auf Deutsch)

Hypnosis #5 (Germany) 1997, Editors: “Michael” and “Sven”

I am not sure where I got this zine, perhaps on tour in Europe or traveling, perhaps in the mail. I think it was the last from these guys, and this German-language, digest-sized zine was laid out exceptionally well – great type, great organization, everything. So for those who can sprechen zee Deutsch, there is some fun content including interviews with Entombed, Broken Hope, Deeds of Flesh, Cryptopsy, Necrophobic, Frozen Sun, Obituary, Apophis, and a Scene report from Poland. Enjoy.