WHY ARE WE HERE? Once again, we're asking man's most futile question in the pages of Zero Tolerance. Forty-three issues and SEVEN YEARS into our history (where did all the time go???), our writers are still as restless as ever, and there's still no concrete answer. Meanwhile, Nathan T. Birk, our newly crowned editor, is gagged, bound, and experiencing the joys of white-noise therapy, so I've taken the liberty of nicking his column (I'm just that kinda guy, see).
Seriously, though - this little rag has come on leaps and bounds since we started scribbling in late September '04. None of us has ever earned a fortune... but 'journalism is about job satisfaction', right? Wrong. Journalism is about self-satisfaction. It's about finding the answers to your own damned questions and calling people out on their bullshit. Above all, it's about taking risks. That's why this October, we're taking on a project that many of today's douchebag, comfort-loving music journos would gladly avoid: we're heading into uncharted territory. Three of us will be going nomad through Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru to swim through the underbelly of South American extreme metal and bring you the first feature-length documentary endorsed by a music mag in living memory. South American Hell (Part I) will take us from Medellin, Colombia to Lima, Peru to chart the rise of some of the world's most savage underground metal acts. "What about Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, and Paraguay?!" you might ask. That's a whole different chapter, folks - all due for investigation in our second installment.
In any case, great things are in store, and the magazine remains in capable hands. Nathan T. Birk is probably the best editor we've ever had (he paid me to say that), and even with me giving him shit every step of the way, he's an unstoppable machine who works day and night to break new ground and bring you a cutting-edge, independent magazine that panders to NO ONE. Why are we here? To bridge an impossible gap between the diehard, the stage, and the real world. How will we do it? With honesty, integrity and, as usual, a big pair of balls. Here's to another year of unstoppable noise. Now, enjoy your very own cup of The Devil's Blood - the drink's on us.
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SENTENCINGAudio reviews | Live reviews
- Under The Influence | John Schaffer
- Label Profile | Bindrune Recordings
- Artist Profile | Rafal Kruszyk
- On The Rack | The Browning
- View From The Bunker | Alan Averill