Zero Tolerance – 50 CD1
This is, I believe, the penultimate bro love review from the Box of Awesome that Scott Our Great HMO sent to me ages ago. Yes, it has taken me this long to get down to only two left to go. There was a lot of Awesome to hear!
So, let’s look at CD1 of Zero Tolerance, a 2CD magazine compilation for the mag’s 50th issue. It’s a helluva mix. Here’s what I heard!
Ruins’ A Lesson In Ruthlessness kicks things off with a great, thumping metal track. Holy hell, first track and it’s a monster of mayhem! Up next is God Seed with This From The Past, which makes me want to drive really fast and break stuff. Icon Of Phobos (great band name) is next with The Silent Province (which is surely not Ontario haha). This song is pure wall of noise. Wow, that was intense. Growly, rapid-fire destruction.
Monolithe’s Excerpt From Monolithe III is a slow sludge crusher, more cookie monster vocals. I hear Sabbath in the riff. Primitive Man’s song called rags is a painfully slow screamer thing. Sounds like the death throes of a demon. Porta Nigra does Megalomaniac, which swings and yet somehow manages to sound Nordic. Are they even from there? Well, Germany, anyway. Lots of screaming, here.
Serpent Omega’s Skullwand is a bluesy crunch, like if Jet went metal. I know! Sturmtiger does Atomic Hammer, a full on metal blast that sounds like it was recorded in a huge underground cavern. Who knows, maybe it was? Up next is Varathon’s tune called Arawn’s Reich, which has several sounds and several faces, all of them evil. Adventurous!
Tenggercavalry does a song called Cavalry Folk, and it is fucking heavy. Atonal screaming over top. Is that a Celtic violin? Or a guitar made to sound like one? Then it’s Wallachia’s song Dual Nothingness. It’s got full-on blast verses and a solid fist-pumper chorus. There’s a melodic instrumental bit too, and a whole lot of bass drum. Alchemyst does Rites Of The Holy Hill, a solid metal tune that sounds like, in my impression, a church singer taken over by an evil something. I don’t even know what, exactly. I would play this again.
Black Hammer does Blackening of The Blood, which sounds like what would happen if black metal were to devour meathead Ramones punk. The mosh pit for this growling stomper would be huge. Exordium Mors does Ancestor’s Call, another wall of noise non-stop scream-fest. Just… wow.
Innersylum’s Hell I Am Inside is a highlight track for me. It’s heavy, and the first on the disc wherein I can understand the lyrics fully. The singing is operatic, Bruce Dickinson-style. Nice! And finally, it’s Germ doing Cold Grey Dawn (A New Beginning). This one doesn’t really fit the mix. It has an 80s pop sound to it. Must be the synths. Of course, the demonic screams mean this is an entirely different sort of joint. But the verses and chorus sure sound like 80s pop…
And there we have it. In sum, I am sweaty and wrung out and all I’ve done is sit here and listen! There is a ton to like, here.
THANKS HEAPS, SCOTT!!
Coming soon, my final Box of Awesome review: CD2 of this set. Stay tuned!