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LIVE REVIEW: THE OCEAN, DOWNFALL OF GAIA AND HEROD

THE OCEAN + DOWNFALL OF GAIA + HEROD March 2019, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds Words and pic: Graham Matthews It is a night full of fine quality progressive metal, executed brilliantly in a wonderful atmosphere, when The Ocean call in at one of the best beloved independent venues in Leeds. Switzerland’s Herod kick things off with tight riffs and a powerful blast through their some of their latest album. The front three’s synchronised rocking and the infectious groove soon catches eyes (and ears), their clear enjoyment passing over to the crowd; signed to Pelagic Records and with former The Ocean member Mike Pilat on vocals and guitar,...
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ZT INTERROGATION: HELLRIPPER CONTINUE TO DABBLE IN THE BLACK ARTS

Hellripper‘s forthcoming EP is another slab of charred granite from Scot James McBain. Here he speaks to Paul Castles about his new release and the reissue of his album Complete & Total Fucking Mayhem. ZT: Your new EP, Black Arts & Alchemy, is out on April 5 – How are you feeling about it, James? Yeah, it’ll be out in early April. I’m feeling really good about it and can’t wait to finally get it out there! It contains some of my favourite work to date and it is my best sounding release yet. ZT: Were there any significant differences to how you put this record together compared to previous releases? Not really, my...
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CHECK OUT THE NEW TRACK PREMIERE FROM USURPER!

Some of us here are ZT are long in the tooth enough to have got quite excited hearing of new music from Chicago’s Usurper – it’s been 14 long years since their last full-length, with them disbanding in 2007 – re-establishing themselves (quietly!) in 2015… It is with great pleasure then that we’re pleased to collaborate with their now-label Soulseller Records to unleash ‘Warlock Moon’, the fifth track from brand new album Lords Of The Permafrost.  The album will be released on 22 March, but get your ears around this in the meantime! Formed in 1993, Usurper released their first demo in 1994....
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ZT PREMIERE NEW TRACK FROM HELHEIM

ZT have teamed up with our friends at Dark Essence Records to bring you an early listen to something brand new from Helheim. ‘Kaldr’ is taken from their forthcoming album Rignir released on April 26. For well over two decades Helheim have represented their Norse heritage through their music and their lyrics. With Rignir, the band again turned to their heritage when writing the poems that form the lyrics for the album, drawing inspiration from the ljóðaháttr, an Old Norse alliterative verse form used largely in the Eddas. As to the actual subject matter of Rignir, which translated means Rain, Helheim explain: “This time...
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ZT INTERROGATION: ANTHONY KAOTEON IS ON THE WARPATH AGAIN, THIS TIME WITH NEW SOLO PROJECT, DEATH TR...

Anthony Kaoteon speaks to Zero Tolerance scribe Paul Castles about his extraordinary journey from the Middle East into the realms of extreme music and how he plans to juggle his challenging new solo venture Death Tribe alongside his already established group, Kaoteon. ZT: Hi Anthony, congratulations on the Death Tribe album, Beyond Pain & Pleasure – A Desert Experiment. How are you feeling about it now that it’s finally released? Thanks Paul, I am glad the music is finally out for people and it is getting such a good reception. I hope people enjoy it and share it with their circle of metal friends so that the message and sound are...
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LISTEN TO THE WHOLE OF ISSUE 085’S COVERMOUNT CD ONLINE!

#NOW PLAYING ISSUE 085‘S COVERMOUNT CD Featuring 15 tracks from the likes of VLACK, Extremity, and Black Tusk to name a few, issue 085’s covermount CD hit the shelves back in Summer 2018 and we’re streaming the entire compilation here via the ZT Audio Player! SUPPORT THE UNDERGROUND! Click on the links below to visit the bands featured on issue 085’s CD. 01. VLACK The Storm 02. Coilguns Millennials 03. Extremity Where Evil Dwells 04. Carnation Chapel Of Abhorrence 05. Atrocity Shadowtaker 06. Chaos Doctrine My Demise (Pt II – The Rage) 07. Deathmace Conquest Of Oblivion 08. Black Tusk Agali 09. The Lion’s...
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ZT PREMIERE: DUNKELNACHT SHARE ENTIRE NEW ALBUM WITH TRACK-BY-TRACK COMMENTARY!

Black/death unit DunkelNacht is a collaboration between French and Dutch soils; initially conjured by Heimdall as a one-man project. The arrival of bassist Alkhemohr in 2007 turned the venture into a real blackened death metal band. They derive influences from Polish extreme metal, Scandinavian black metal, and even classical and various avantgarde sources. However, DunkelNacht do not shy away from delving too deeply into a different sonic hellscape to create something strange, malevolent and magnificent. After two lauded albums and two recent EPs, DunkelNacht is ready to bring forth a pinnacle of a recording made with a solid lineup of...
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