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Isten “Twin Sister” (Finland) November, 1997

Isten “Twin Sister” (Finland) November, 1997 . Created by: Mikko Mattila, Janne Sarna, Kola Krauze and Damhair.

60 pages on A4. 500 pressed. One of the most innovative, long running and well-written/designed zines in the history of the metal underground, recently enshrined in its own hardback anthology format via the Svart Records-published, 804 page “Don’t Break the Ghost” (which can be found here). This issue is the second in the so-called Headwind Trilogy, entitled Twin Sister. Unfortunately, like a lot of great analog media, the actual brilliance of the design can not be transmitted digitally in all its tactile and olfactory glory, but this can give you a hint. Featuring Canaan, The Great Kat, Agathodaimon, Brian Death Cobra, Metalucifer, Costa Stoios of Tales of the Macabre Zine, Rotting Christ, Bethel, Solstice (UK), Arch Enemy, Two Witches, Sup and more with reviews throughout the issue. Thanks to Pawel W. for scanning his copy and sending it over.

 

The Art of Necronomicon #3 (Austria) 1995

The Art of Necronomicon #3 (Austria) 1995. Editors: “P.K” and “Graf Daemon Van Zazas

Austrian black metal-only zine put out by Peter from Abigor, and Graf of (the Austrian) Nefarius, with a number of essays on Satanism, as well as interviews and/or features with Ancient, Behemoth, Black Funeral, Darkness Enshroud, Crimson Arcanium, Demoniac, Faust (Emperor), Forgotten Woods, Grand Belial’s Key, Infernum, Nefarius, Nebelburg, The Black Order, Summoning, Tumulus, and more. Cheers to the Dark Legions for archiving this.

 

From Beyond Zine #6 (Norway) Winter 2000/2001

From Beyond Zine #6 (Norway) Winter 2000/2001. Editor: “Evil Ed”

Norwegian zine from Evil Ed, published by Red Stream. Contains a number of interesting interviews from (what was) an kind of transitional time in the underground (circa 2000/2001), with first era-ending (the first time around) chats with Anglecorpse and Asphyx, as well as interviews with Darkthrone, Diabolic, Decayed, Holocausto Canibal, Immolation, Macabre, Machetazo, Morbid Angel, Necrophagia, Nifelheim, Rebaelliun, Vomitory, demo reviews, a feature on Jeffrey Dahmer, and more. This was originally shared by the excellent Asmodian Coven blog (via contributor Pawel) – many thanks for putting it online.

Nihilistic Holocaust #2 (France) 1998 (en français)

Nihilistic Holocaust #2 (France) 1998. Editor: “Gab” (en français)

Second issue of this French zine focusing on death metal, however this time around the editor switched it to his langue maternelle, with some late-90s interviews/features on Necrophagist (who, to quote Spinal Tap, now reside in the “where are they now” file), the still kicking Quebecois Cryptopsy and Necronomicon, Brazilian’s Krisiun, as well as My Sovereign, Amid Pain, reviews and news. (thx to original scanner and dark legions for sharing).

 

 

Nihilistic Holocaust #1 (France) 1998

Nihilistic Holocaust #1 (France) 1998. Editor: “Gab”

Late 90’s French zine focusing primarily on death and grind as well as the French underground, this issue in English has interviews and features with Kadath, Distaste, Gothic, Depraved, Eviternity, Amon (SWZ), Krabathor, Asphyx, Heretik, Incantation, Blood Suckers, Cho-Jin Records (GER), Disabled, plus a number of reviews. (thx to original scanner/Dark legions).

 

 

 

Never Believe #1 (Sweden) 1990

Never Believe #1 (Sweden) 1990. Editors: “Magnus Forsberg” and “Johan Axelsson”

Compact zine from Johan Axelsson/Liiva and Magnus Forsberg, with features and interviews with Exulceration, Macabre End (God Macabre), Unleashed, Cadaver, Therapy, Skull, Dissection, Psychowards, Derketa, Necrophobic, Suffer, Authorize, Darkthrone, GGFH, reviews, and more…thx to org. scanner/deathmetal.org archive

Mortuary #3 (Germany) 1992.

Mortuary #3 (Germany) 1992. Editor: “Christian Hillenbrand”

Massive German zine (in English) packed with tons of reviews and (brief) interviews targeting many of the underground’s death and black metal notables of 1992, as well as zine editors like those from Slayer and Isten, and even Earache Records (with Pete Lee from Lawnmower Deth representing). Features Beherit, Benediction, Bolt Thrower, Carcass, Cannibal Corpse, Dark Tranquillity, Darkified, Dark Millenium, Fleshcrawl, Demigod, Desultory, Furbowl, Goatlord, Goreaphobia, Gorefest, Inverted, Hetsheads, Malaphar, Mega-Slaughter, Immolation, Necrophobic, My Dying Bride, Mould, Pan-Thy-Monium, Samael, Tiamat, Traumatic and more. Thanks to Stefan Lons for sharing!