Threatening Society was a fanzine started by two high school friends in Philadelphia -- Tony and Mickey -- around 1985/86.

You can download PDFs of each issue of the fanzine on this page -- many of the pages "remastered" (scanned from the original layouts).


Our friend, Scott Helig, had a fanzine called Total Thrash. He encouraged us to start one of our own. We mailed out a bunch of questions to bands. We interviewed bands from our high school. We probably stole the cover illustration from a show flyer. We wrote impassioned essays. Content compiled on Tony's family home computer, and laid out via cut and paste at the central library of Philadelphia.

Bands Interviewed:

  • Adrenalin OD (AOD)
  • Bold
  • Corrosion of Conformity
  • Cryptic Slaughter
  • Electric Albino Bullfrogs (EAB)
  • Legitimate Reason
  • Peer Preshure
  • Powerman
  • Thunder's Wrath


The first issue to include a cover illustration from our friend, Caleb. A back-issue advertisement in issue 4 indicated that in issue 2 "the printing is kind of blurry, but you can still figure out what's going on." Hey, when you're trying to run off copies for free at any opportunity, quality is sacrificed!

Bands interviewed:

  • Anvil Bitch
  • Condemned Attitude
  • Doggy Style
  • Hatred
  • Larm
  • Lethal Aggression
  • Serial Killers
  • Side By Side
  • Youth of Today
Threatening Society Issue 3 cover


This one was memorable because of an interview with Harley from the Cro-Mags. Maximum Rock N Roll called us out for not pushing back on some of Harley's more controversial comments. They were probably right! Anyway, we started figuring how to ask better questions to bands other than, "Are you straight-edge?" or "What's your scene like?" The illustration on this cover is EPIC, courtesy of Caleb.

Bands interviewed:

  • At War
  • Casbah
  • Cro-Mags
  • Dag Nasty
  • Gunslingers
  • Hallow's Eve
  • Life Sentence
  • Ludichrist
  • Verbal Assault