We made it! It's hard to believe we've come this far, but I guess that's what happens when you hit the big Five-O. The journey to get here has resembled trudging through treacle at times, but now we've finally reached this milestone issue, I can't help but wonder where the hell all the time went.
When we launched Zero Tolerance in 2004, there was absolutely no doubt in my mind that there was room for another magazine covering not just metal, but extreme music in all its twisted forms. Along with that certainty came the question of whether we could survive on such a crowded newsstand. We were, and remain to this day, an independent publishing company, DIY by all intents and purposes - and we were quite prepared to chuck everything at it. We had to get the word out there, at a time when liking every move someone makes on social networking platforms was an alien concept and internet forums were hotbeds of nerdy scene-bitching. There would be vast mountains to climb. It was daunting, but to the credit of our writers, the editors they have worked alongside, and a lot of late nights and lost sleep by myself and co-founder Leon Macey, we've just put our 50th issue to bed!
Do we have glue-like properties that have helped us stick around? I'm not so sure about that, but looking back at old issues these past few weeks, it struck me that whilst we've undeniably honed our craft from our humble beginnings, growing into an editorial force to be reckoned with over the past eight years, we really haven't strayed from the path we set out on. Instead of following trends, we've steadfastly stayed true to our roots, fulfilling, issue-by-issue, our mission to expose the darkest, most obscure recesses of the musical imagination, and celebrating our finds in the printed word.
Making Zero Tolerance has been a rollercoaster ride of epic proportions, and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to the magazine over the years, be you reader, writer, photographer, label, publicist, musician... or a critical individual we've chanced upon. This issue is dedicated you all.
And so, it is with a deep sigh of relief that we approach the 11th hour on deadline, and I can place you in the hands of our great editorial leader, Nathan T. Birk, safe in the knowledge that he has cooked up an issue that marks our coming of age in true ZT style. We made a conscious decision not to bore you to tears with an issue full of editorial backslapping about how "super, darling" all our past issues have been, and instead, we're absolutely delighted to welcome the one, the only King Diamond as this issue's cover star. So read on and keep the flame burning!!!
FREE 34-TRACK COVERMOUNT CD FEATURING
DISC ONE: Ruins | God Seed | Icon Of Phobos | Monolithe | Primitive Man | Porta Nigra | Serpent Omega | Sturmtiger | Varathon | Tengger cavalry | Wallachia |Alchemyst | Black Hammer | Exordium Mors | Innersylum | Germ DISC TWO: Incantation | Ad Partes | Grand Supreme Blood Court | Aeon | Zombified | Primitive Graven Image | Nominon | Ars Manifestia | Saturnus | Dreamfire | Pythia | Paganland | October File | Coronach | Arkhamin Kirjasto | Arctic Circle | Balam | Corsair
PROPAGANDANews and ZT sponsored show details
COVER FEATUREKing Diamond, Manilla Road + Satan hit the high notes in our ten page cover extravaganza
REGULAR FEATURESVon | Weapon | God Seed | Nine Covens | Nidingr | Nightfall | Saturnus | Grand Supreme Blood Court | Incantation | Ruins | Boyd Rice/NON | Adversum Label Spotlight: Yurei + Stagnant Waters
UNDERGROUND BLACK METAL SECTIONMelencolia Estatica | Crowned | Wallachia | Wanderer
POWER LINES SECTION | EXPERIMENTAL NOISEArktau Eos | HIRS | Northumbria | Funerary Call
ANGER BURNING | CRUST / D-BEAT / RAWPUNKContrast Attitude | Zyanose | Vaaraliinen
RAPID FIREZombified | Void Moon | Groan | Black Hammer | Silent Leges Inter Arma | Inner Sanctum | Entrapment | Atriach | Balam | The Secret
SENTENCINGAudio reviews | Live reviews
- Under The Influence | The Meads Of Asphodel's Metatron
- Decorated Careers | Witch Cross
- Label Profile | Legion Blotan
- Artist Profile | Benjamin Vierling
- On The Rack | Destruction's Schmier
- View From The Bunker | Alan 'Nemtheanga' Averill