As the 1990s rolled around, new zines came into the fray and picked up where others had left off. Ripping Thrash, 666½, Gadgie, Punk Shocker, and Attitude Problem were just a few of the ones that took the reigns and produced high quality international thrash coverage. These zines were the backbone to the "network of friends," introducing people to new bands and opening the lines of communication across the world before the internet age took hold. With that said, here's some of the ones I acquired during the late 1990s and early 2000s when I was first fully immersing myself in DIY hardcore punk.
666½ - #10 (early 1993)
One of the better zines of the 1990s, and it's easy to see why it was popular. Very witty, humorous, and biting in its writing. This was the "Kill a crusty for Sid" issue, as noted on the cover. Interviews with a few bands, but the standouts are Disaffect and Psycho. The review for the first Voorhees 7" reads "if Heresy had been good, they would have sounded like these" guys. The author of this zine, Steve, later pulled a hoax where he faked his death. A classic.
Bald Cactus - #18 (1998, maybe early 1999?)
Great UK zine from Leeds. You can tell it was (mostly) typed up using an electric typewriter, so the layouts look good and have that classic zine look to them. Interviews with Mark Barnsley (a jailed anarchist), Brezhnev, Chokeword, Eastfield, Rudimentary Peni, plus some nods to Welsh punks Four Letter Word. The Peni interview is with Grant and reads and looks great. Very nicely done. The reviews section is a trip back in time.
Agitate - Issue 6 (winter 2005)
This issue featured interviews with Ruin (ex-Scatha, Disaffect, Doom, etc.) and Extinction of Mankind. Crust zine done by Chris who had previously done Noise Fest and Aversion zines. Following the traditional zine format with some opinions, interviews, and reviews, this one was a nice true crust zine. I liked this one because while everyone was really into various types of crust, this stuck to covering bands that were more in line with the 1990s crust sound. It was clearly done with a lot of love for the crust genre, and features lots of black on the pages. Agitate still continues as a blog today. http://agitatezine.blogspot.com/
Agitate - Issue 7 (spring 2006)
Gasmask Terrör and Lebenden Toten are interviewed in this issue. Black and white layouts with a lot of black. This was the last true crust zine I think I ever purchased. The scene had changed over so much, but Agitate was still waving the flag of true stench. I liked this zine because it just stayed true to itself. It had a good vibe. Also featured some reviews.
Attitude Problem - No. 30 (late 1999, early 2000?)
Felix Von Havoc (with the "Von" still!) and Aaron the Freak Puppet Show interviews. Steve Hyland was the author here, and this zine went on for a very long time with many issues made. Very pro vegan zine with some politics and writing thrown in. There's also an article on the resurgence of the bandana thrash scene which was just starting to happen. Steve rants against it here, and it's nice to remember a time when DIY values meant something. Cool issue.
Attitude Problem - No. 31 (autumn 2000)
The cover here is an ode to the old Manic Ears "The North Atlantic Noise Attack"
thrash comp, which is cool. Interviews with a Tibetan monk and the Haggard plus articles, reviews and of course vegan recipes. This issue was a split with Upheaval zine from Boston, USA.
Attitude Problem - No. 33 (spring 2003)
Great issue here. Truly. All hand written, cut 'n paste layouts, visually great. Interviews with Nailbiter (!!!), Social Insecurity (who were better than they got credit for), Monuments to Ruins (who were worse than they got credit for), and Våning 5. The cover here looks great with that late '80s thrash aesthetic. Other features were the usual opinions, reviews, and vegan recipes. Steve Hyland later went on to play in the Discharge influenced band Realities of War with Pete Giles from Scalplock and Unseen Terror. They released a 7".
Dripping Gash - (no number, November 1999)
Split issue with Ripping Thrash #19. I think this was done by a high school girl. Kind of a per zine vibe, but more punk (instead of emo). No band interviews, just musings and rants. But that's what high school was for.
Gibbering Madness - #8 (no date, but pretty sure it's 2001)
This one is labeled as "The travel issue" and it features writings on traveling, columns, reviews, and musings. This issue featured a bunch of guest columnists. Some horror and occult related material here, but it's still a punk zine. A lengthy reviews section. This zine, along with R'lyeh Rising done by Frank from Atrocious Madness, was the only DIY punk zine that had a focus on H.P. Lovecraft material. I'm not sure how many more issues after this there were. The person behind this zine, Evan, now continues it in blog form. http://gibberingmadness-evan.blogspot.com/
Total Annihilation - #2 (June 2003)
The top of the page reads "free review zine - print run - 2000 copies." Crazy to think how much times have changed. It'd take you years to give away that many copies these days. Anyway, cool and short eight page zine here. This was done by Evan who was also the author of Gibbering Madness zine. This featured some UK scene news and a massive ton of reviews. It was basically a newsletter. Neat idea. Cut 'n paste and DIY.
In Darkness, There Is No Choice - #7 (summer 2002)
Very short issue with tiny print. Two pieces of paper folded together to make an eight page issue crammed with content. Features an interview with No Choice who had the one excellent single on Riot City and then had reformed and remained quite popular, and, most of all, credible. Also features reviews of music and zines and a page of artwork. I wonder what Ian is doing these days...
Why - Issue 1 (no date, but I'd guess 1998/1999)
North Yorkshire zine. Interviews with Four Letter Word, Marker, Maggot Slayer Overdrive (ex-Lunatic Fringe!!), and Stretch. The layouts look very late '90s and the big computer print. There's also some political stuff in here such as a big feature on GATT, which is still causing problems today. This zine was longer too. I'm not sure how many issues this zine went for, but I know it carried on for at least six. The person behind this zine, John, also ran a distro under the Why banner for a while as well.
Hell and Damnation - volume 9 (January-March 2001)
Zine penned by the great Colin Astro. With an enthusiasm for all things thrash, this zine was it's eras version of old zines like Problem Child, Raising Hell and Final Curtain. The bands covered didn't turn out to be quite as classic, but the vibe and focus on international thrash was the same as those aforementioned zines. This issue featured interviews with Atrocious Madness and a Chicago area scene report along with other odds and ends. It also contained the usual Colin Astro artwork, writings, and reviews section.
Hell and Damnation - volume 10 (winter 2001-2002)
Hell and Damnation was always a treat and a good read. Colin, the author, was opinionated, yet not in a cynical or jaded way, and dedicated to international DIY thrash. This one featured Viimeinen Kolonna, Fight Back, Solitary Neglect, the story of Rattus, and reviews and rants. It also featured a few ads for DIY thrash records which differs it from the other zines discussed here.
Hell and Damnation - volume 11 (fall-winter 2002)
Interviews with Våning 5, Siviilimura, Confusione (talk about an underrated thrash band, their first 7" was great Italian hardcore), and Schifosi plus some politics, rants, musings, etc. The layouts are all cut 'n paste but with computer fonts. There's also an advertisement for Atrocious Madness's "Total Control" LP on Wicked Witch, which is funny to remember.
Hell and Damnation - volume 12 (spring-summer 2009)
After some years off, Colin Astro returns with a split issue of HAD with Ripping Thrash. And it's as if he never missed a beat. As witty as ever. Interviews with Vi Gruer Oss from Norway and NK6 from Japan as well as a piece on zombies. And of course some original art pieces as well, like previous issues.