There must be several archives of metal music ’zines online, and one of note is from Death Metal Underground. They’ve put up a simple index of links organized by language to downloadable .rar files, each packed with JPGs and PDFs of the pages of the zines they scanned. Death Metal Underground bills itself as “the ultimate death metal resource.”
Another is the site Send Back My Stamps! which is run by Jason from Misery Index, whom we previously interviewed about his band. With this site, Jason puts up JPGs of each page of a zine, but adds a brief description and thumbnails of the pages. Jason used to run the political site demockery.org, which he put on hiatus, but we ran an interview with him in an archive issue of D.U. when Demockery was still active.
Press of Darkness is “a continuously evolving collection of death, thrash, black, heavy, and progressive metal and industrial fanzines.”
Brob Tilt’s zine-world has a wide variety of content and is curated with the blogger doing a write-up of each entry.
If anyone has ’zine archive sites they’d like to recommend, please feel free to post the URLs in the comments. In the meantime, happy reading!
Note: we’ve added more ‘zine archives here.
Well, I guess I’ll take the opportunity to promote my own fanzine archive some..
Since some years back I’ve been building an 80’s Metal fanzine archive and database as a subfeature on my Heavy Metal collector/trivia website The Corroseum. Atm of writing this, 444 zines are featured in the archive, all searchable and readable on-line. Check it out + get in contact if you’d like to contribute and help preserve these artifacts :)
Dude! Your site is the shit, bro! I just came from there. There’s NO better site out the there for a obscure, forgotten underground metal zines. It’s more than a site. It’s a repository! It’s important. Underground metal, – especially! – has such a vital connection to the DIY/word of mouth/tape trader culture & the zines represent that better than any mainstream publications. They did their best to avoid talking about metal in those years. Anyway, thank you for your service! I’m going to spread the link to your site wherever I can.