Until I was about midway through this issue, it hadn't really dawned on me that it's quite a milestone; it's our 80th edition of the magazine. It's been 13 years since we launched back in 2004. I was close to writing '13 long years', but despite the cliched ring to it, time has literally flown past; recalling a particular cover often results in me counting up the years since it was published on my fingers in disbelief (more than once just to be sure so much time has elapsed). I have to admit that all this talk of time and how fast it flies gives me jitters, as Geddy Lee once sang, we're only immortal for a limited time... Fortunately though (well, by sheer grit and determination), Zero Tolerance has held its own over the 13 years it's been around, and both myself and co-founder Leon Macey are really pleased to be in a position where we can keep on celebrating extreme music every couple of months - in print!
Whilst we extend our warmest thanks to you all for reading Zero Tolerance - both veterans and newcomers to the mag - I'm conscious that I'm taking a long time to write this editorial note and that the faster it goes off to print the sooner you'll have issue 080 in your hands - and the quicker I can get stuck into getting the next issue, which is due out in October, underway and out the door before we head towards a festive edition...
And it's taken a while, well, 13 years, for Arch Enemy to receive a warm welcome on our cover. Old-timer (sorry!) Chris Kee met up with (the one and only) Michael Amott and (also the one and only) vocalist Alissa White-Gluz in London this July - ahead of their Bloodstock appearance which is happening on the very weekend I'm sat here writing this - to talk about their new album Will To Power. And for all the darker, more mysterious types - or the flat-out extreme 'extreme' metallers - there's no end of editorial gold; from Akercocke and their long-awaited new album, to Myrkur, to Abhorrent Decimation to Laibach to Paradise Lost to Beherit - and much, much more inbetween.
Here's to the next 80 issues then!
Till next time.,,
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PROPAGANDANews and ZT sponsored shows
COVER FEATUREArch Enemy
REGULAR FEATURESAkercocke | Cradle Of Filth | Ewigkeit | Myrkur | Grift | Sun Of The Sleepless | Sannhet | Portrait | Accept | Venom Inc. | Abhorrent Decimation | Formicarius | Gravdal | Khost | Laibach
UNDERGROUND BLACK METAL SECTIONEsoctrilihum | Planetshine | Falaise | Runespell | Vampyric Blood | Asagraum | Akerbeltz
DARK ENTRIES | DARK AMBIENTReverorum Ib Malacht | Dead Melodies | Keosz
RAPID FIREBlooming Carrions | Execration | Kimi Karki | Demon Eye | Desphosphorus | Hypochristmutreefuzz | Andras | Lisa Cuthbert | Mutation | Stass | Barbaric Horde | Nexul | Putrenance
SENTENCINGAudio reviews including the ZT Soundcheck and Release Of The Issue Live reviews
- LABEL PROFILE | Soulseller Records
- EXHUME TO CONSUME | Beherit
- ON THE RACK | Paradise Lost / Nick Holmes
- VIEW FROM THE BUNKER | Back in issue 081