Monday, 20 July 2015

Notes from the Underground

I'm in a metal mood this evening, shooting myself a large injection of nostalgia this evening for my teenage death metal years courtesy of the fantastic Send Back My Stamps website, which houses a huge archive of fanzine scans from the mid 80's right thru to the early 90's before the DIY mag was displaced by the Internet. These were the glory days of the metal 'zine, when bedroom editors were landing interviews with some of the greats of the genre - my preference was always Death Metal, and many of the pivotal bands are present among these scans - Obituary, Carcass, Autopsy, Napalm Death, Morbid Angel, Dark Throne, Bolt Thrower, Cannibal Corpse... The archive is rigorously indexed so it's easy to seek out an issue with your favourite band, and the scans are very good quality. Check it out here

More nostalgia vibrations, remembering the great album artwork of Dan Seagrave, whose highly distinctive, intensely detailed paintings adorned many of the great death metal albums of the early 90's. Clockwise from left: Suffocation - Effigy of the Forgotten, Entombed - Left Hand Path, Carnage - Dark Recollections, Nocturnus - The Key...

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