Forbidden Magazine has everything you would expect from a publication designed to promote underground metal, from gritty black-and-white graphics to honest CD reviews to interviews with the dark and mysterious alchemists of black metal. Beginning as a webzine and now having produced its first printed copy (with free covermount CD of underground material), the publication is the brainchild of Sleepwalker, also owner of Forbidden Records and creator of A TRANSYLVANIAN FUNERAL. I tracked him down in his underground lair:
In an age where mainstream record shops seem to only stock “mainstream” metal, where is the resting place for the selective connosseur of true underground metal? In times of old it was a battered C90 cassette with photocopied cover and a hastily scribbled insert that promised dark, forbidden metal from some new unheard-of talent in the underground. But now in the age of digital media, THE DREAD LAIR stands as an alternative to the mainstream; a consortium of underground bands committed to promoting each other’s material, grown from humble beginnings and gradually evolving into an ever-increasing, ever-expanding source of Underground metal for those in the know.