Zero Tolerance – 50 CD2
It is with some sadness, but with far more power and righteous thanks that I announce that this is the final review of the goodness from the Box Of Awesome sent to me a long while ago by our brother in metal, the venerable HMO. I have had so much fun going through all of this stuff, a real education in music thanks to his generosity!
And here we have CD2 of this Zero Tolerance Magazine comp. Let’s give ‘er!
Incantation’s Vanquish In Vengeance assaults us without hesitation, straight into the metal we go. Heavy as hell and growly. Ad Partes’ Scars Of Compromise is even faster, and unrelenting. Holy man, this one pummels you! Grand Supreme Court does Piled Up For The Scavengers, making three blistering tracks in a row. I hear traces of Ministry in the music of this song, but the growls make this even more heavy. I loved the breakdown around 2:05. It will crush you.
Aeon gives us Aeons Black, a heavy, growling chugger built to stramroll. The machine gun double-bass belies the song’s actual tempo. Zombified’s Suffering Ascends is mostly indistinguishable from Aeon’s track, but that’s OK. They go well, back to back. Primitive Graven Image’s Ten Thousand Armageddons is another wall of noise track with evil demon screaming. The drums here are awesome.
Nominon’s Obliteration is next, yet another (!) insanely fast, incredibly heavy track. There’s something punk about this one though, in the verses. The snare, probably. Ars Manifestia’s Le Lacrime dell’Universo seems to have been recorded at a lower volume than the other tracks here – don’t they have volume normailzation when putting these things together? Weird. But it’s no less punishing and fast. The BPMs on these tracks are crazy.
Saturnus does A Father’s Providence, which is finally a break from the double-bass warfare on this disc. This one is still heavy, but far more melodic. Hell, it even has a haunting piano line. It’s a welcome respite, a breather, and it’s a highlight track in the mix. Cookie Monster does do guest vocals intermittently in this tune, but they seems out of place, here. It kind of wrecks a beautiful tune, honestly. Musically though, a great tune.
Dreamfire’s Approaching Atlantean Monoliths has a great song title. It’s a pretty (yes, I used that word in a review of this disc) instrumental. It’s perfect soundtrack music. Beautiful. Pythia does Heartless, though, which throws us right back into the beatings, with heavy riffage at 100 mph. The operatic female vocals are disorienting, but quite welcome. Actually, it’s quite a fascinating relationship song all around. Then it’s Paganland’s Podolyanka, which has a creepy intro of a little kid singing that becomes an intersting melodic rock song. I’m finding these tracks a welcome break from the noise. It still rocks, just not as evilly.
October File’s live version of Isolation is from some festival, clearly. Sounds like they’re covering someone else, by the banter. More punk than metal, but it’s both. A good tune. Coronach’s In The Shadows Of Tyranny is a heavy screamo track. The guitars really stand out, here. The best part is around 3:25, the start-stop beat is cool. Arkhamin Kirjasto’s Golem Made of Flesh is a driving-beat rock song. The vocals have some sort of effect on them, making them sound like they were recorded in an empty tunnel, then they join the rest of the mix. Odd, but cool. Arctic Circle’s The Four Weapons is another one recorded lower than the rest of the CD. It’s fast, heavy and suitably menacing. My only issue with it is that it never changes. It’s a bit tiresome.
Balam’s The Followed: holy Black Sabbath, Batman!
And finally, we have Corsair’s Falconer, which is more punk than metal. Even So-Cal. It’s pretty out of place in the mix.
In sum, this disc is a bit more varied that CD1, but it’s still got tons to talk about and love. Taken together, this 50th mag comp, both CD1 and 2, are very excellent overall. There’s a lot here that will leave you feeling like you’ve been wrung out, but you wouldn’t buy this and plug it in if that wasn’t what you wanted.
Once again, my hugest thanks to our HMO, the illustrious Scott the Scot for sending me all of this beautiful music. Thanks heaps, Dude!