We've all been there. Your favourite band are set to release a new album. Anticipation is high. Rumours abound that it's going to be their 'defining moment'. Finally, it hits the shelves and a copy is snaffled up within nanoseconds of the shop doors opening (or whatever the online equivalent of that may be!). You get home, cellophane torn off in a frenzy, stick it on the stereo, press play and... what the fuck?! Is this the same band? This has precisely the square root of fuck-all in common with the band's discography. Gimme my money back!
There's nothing worse than that feeling of virtual betrayal we can feel when a band or musician does an apparent artistic volte face, and extreme music is littered with examples, some successful, others abject failures. But even if changes are more subtle, it's a truism that musicians, to some extent, are constantly reinventing themselves, whether in increments or one fell swoop. Sometimes it's a conscious decision, or it can simply be the by-product of 'maturing', or whatever circumstances life conjures up. In this issue of Zero Tolerance we look at the idea of musical and personal reinvention through the eyes of a diverse bunch of artists with very different experiences. Contrast what our cover artist Lee Dorrian of Cathedral has to say with the likes of Fenriz, Jaz Coleman, Robert Vigna, Tom Warrior and Varg Vikernes (yes, him) and it's clear that the idea of 'reinvention' is open to varying interpretations.
Speaking of reinvention, I was disappointed to see that the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano [see tinyurl.com/y9jurk3] failed to list one metal album in its list of top albums of all time. Pity, I'd have thought that the Pope might have relished the opportunity to portray himself as being 'down with da kidz' by having something at least slightly in there; hoping for Impaled Nazarene might be pushing it too far though...
FREE 18-TRACK COVERMOUNT CD FEATURING
Triptykon | Immolation | Order Of Ennead | Nefarium | Trigger The Bloodshed | Wormrot | Bleed From Within | Primitive Graven Image | Alcest | Barren Earth | The Vision Bleak | Armour | Armored Saint | Stonecreep | Bulletridden | Ayera | Angst Skvadron | Tribazik Molten [feat. Jaz Coleman]
PROPAGANDANews | CD Tracklisting | ZT Sponsored Shows | On The Rack confessions from Tim Ripper Owens
- Lee Dorrian | Cathedral
- Tom Warrior | Triptykon
- Fenriz | Darkthrone
- Jaz Coleman | Killing Joke
- Varg Vikernes | Burzum
- Robert Vigna | Immolation
ADDITIONAL FEATURESThe Vision Bleak | Alcest | Barren Earth | Ludicra | The Dillinger Escape Plan | The Ocean | High On Fire | Armored Saint | Abscess | Svarti Loghin & AAAFC
UNDERGROUND BLACK METAL SECTIONGoatpenis | Unholy Archangel | Sacriphyx | Ruttokorppi | Cosmic Church
POWER LINES SECTION
EXPERIMENTAL NOISECon-Dom | The Vomit Arsonist | Locrian | Sektor 304
RAPID FIRE FEATURESAosoth | Armour | Svartsot | Fornost Arnor | Diamanthian | Blood Cult | Kruger | Ares Kingdom | Noctiferia | Old Corpse Road | Avsky | Heidevolk | Perversor | Primitive Graven Image | Megasus | Vasaeleth | Bloody Sign
SENTENCINGCD | DVD Reviews | Live Reviews
- Producer Profile | John Stillings
- Decorated Careers | Marco Corbelli
- Label Profile | Rising Records
- Artist Profile | Coop
- View From The Bunker | Alan Averill