Usually, by the time I get to write this little intro to the issue I've already run past our deadline, and am busy cursing myself over how much easier it would be if I had more time; how I could find something really valuable to say on all the content you're about to encounter inside - and oh, how much more articulate I'd sound with more time!
But to my horror, I'm finding that the reverse is true. As I dig about inside my head to try to find an anecdotal masterpiece to wow you with I have to admit defeat. I don't have any notable - funny or otherwise - tales to tell about "that time" I met Behemoth's Nergal (most likely because I haven't met him), or a recount of the first time I listened to >>insert band from the contents list<< here. So you know what, I'll wheel out a well-tested editorial cliche instead: with a lineup like the one we have on display to your right, I think we can all agree that it's safe to leave the talking to them, and not me. It's noteworthy that if the last issue featured a horde of classic names (think Immolation, Obituary, Kreator etc. etc.), this issue of Zero Tolerance is perhaps more about discovery than catching up with familiar acts; from Behemoth mainman Nergal's blues project Me And That Man with the UK's John Porter, to Pillorian - the new project from John Haughm, formerly of the now-defunct Agalloch - to relative unknowns outside of a very murky underground Craven Idol, to brand new Floridian death metal from a recognisable collective of bright sparks who go by the name of Extremity - there's really no end of new stuff to get your teeth into.
Of course you can always count on us to throw something unexpected into the mix, which we've done this issue with a five-page H.P. Lovecraft geek-fest! To this day Lovecraft's influence continues to permeate extreme music, be it lyrically, aesthetically, atmospherically - or all three - so what better way to celebrate the author's work 80 years on from his death than with a swathe of insightful words from aficionado Oliver Holm on some of his favoured Lovecraft works? Indeed. On a lighter note, if you're curious as to whom the fruity looking beach bum pictured below is then turn to page 092 and this issue's On The Rack feature to make some sense of it.
Right, that's me done... for now at least. See you in June!
FREE 17-track covermount CD The Monolith Deathcult | The Senseless | Benighted | Lunatic Hooker | Beast Modulus | Holycide | Rich Davis | Craven Idol | Shaarimoth | Extremity| Necrowretch | Pillorian | Unison Theory | Earth Electric | Solstafir | Carach Angren | Maxdmyz
PROPAGANDANews and ZT sponsored shows
COVER FEATUREAdam 'Nergal' Darski Me And That Man
REGULAR FEATURESPillorian | Sabbath Assembly | The Obsessed | God Dethroned | Craven Idol | Nightbringer | Evocation | Hetroetzen | Extremity | Hark | Ghost Bath | Les Discrets | Ohhms | The Doomsday Kingdom | Falls Of Rauros | Farsot | Release Spotlight: ATMF's Digir Gidm & Corpus Diavolis
UNDERGROUND BLACK METAL SECTIONOstots | Cripta Oculta | Forgjord | Turia | Entartung
DARK ENTRIES | DARK AMBIENTLutz Thuns & Philippe Neau | Zu
RAPID FIREHolycide | Apostate Viaticum | Telepathy | Moonloop | Solitary | Apokrifna Realnost | Possession | Chontaraz | Maxdmyz | Eden Weint In Grab | Au-Dessus | If I Could Kill Myself | Patria
SENTENCINGAudio reviews including the ZT Soundcheck and Release Of The Issue Live reviews
- PROFILE| H.P. Lovecraft
- EXHUME TO CONSUME | Mythos
- ON THE RACK | The Senseless' Sam Bean
- ARTIST PROFILE | Jay Shaw
- VIEW FROM THE BUNKER | Alan 'Nemtheanga' Averill's column