Updated: Jan 19
We are very proud to share with you 4 issues of legendary Slayer Magazine from Norway, with a kind permission by Metalion himself. for which we're very grateful, thanks a lot, comrade!
For those who were not even born or were too young at that time, let us cite Bazillion Points who have actually released all 20 issues in one essential book "METALION: The Slayer Mag Diaries".
"For twenty-five years, Norway’s Slayer Mag published the gospel of Black metal and Death metal, combining eye-ripping graphics, brutally honest writing, and relentless offbeat humor. With this anthology/memoir, editor Jon “Metalion” Kristiansen unfolds the extreme highs and lows of a life lived for Heavy metal. Founded in 1985 in Sarpsborg, Norway, Slayer Mag quickly rose to prominence by championing countless unsigned Death metal pioneers. The pages of Slayer Mag exploded along with the extreme metal underground, and as Black metal rose to prominence in Norway in the 1990s, Slayer Mag remained the final word on the moods and motivations of those dark times."
I personally came across Slayer Mag in 1994, when bought issue 10 from some distro when doing my own zine and immediately was attracted by humorous yet very informative interviews. Metalion was asking bands questions like a friend and Metal fan, and the reviews were short, ripping and to the point. Over the following years I have managed to buy 3 more issues (which wasn't that easy in pre-internet times and living in Lithuania), so here we present them for your reading pleasure.
And "METALION: The Slayer Mag Diaries" is still available here.