"Xero Tolerance" is a track of the Type O Negative album Slow, Deep and Hard, released in 1991. It starts off with a knife being sharpened on a grinder before Sabbath-like guitar riff begins then a high-pitched atonal string-like line (a bit reminiscent of Bernard Herrmann's work on Alfred Hitchcock's film Psycho). This song is about stalking an ex-girlfriend after finding out that she is having sex with another man. "Type "A" Personality Disorder", the first canto of this song, is about being obsessed with hatred by a rage. "Kill You Tonight", the second canto and the same title as the altered version of this song on the album The Origin of the Feces released within a year after Slow, Deep and Hard, is about a drunk man killing his former fiancée and her lover. The third canto, "Love You to Death" (which is also the title of the song on October Rust), is just an acoustic sound overlaid with repeated chopping sound.
This song is one of few humorous spots on the album as "zero" in the song title is spelled with an X instead of Z. When adding 'zero' before the denotor of the good, the situation would be bad. So Steele thought that 'zero' starting with X is appropriate when talking about the unpleasant.
Canto I: Type "A" Personality Disorder
Hatred Obsessing me Hatred Possessing me Anger Burning me Anger Turning me Into someone I don't Into someone I don't know Into someone I don't know Rage That's shaking me Rage That's making me Into someone I don't Into someone I don't know Into someone I don't know I don't know
Canto II: Kill You Tonight
I'll kill you tonight I'll kill you tonight I'll kill you tonight I'll fuckin' kill you And now you die! Oh you're dead now! Yeeeaaah-Hoooooo! I got a pickax in the trunk of my car I'll put it on the grinder to get it real sharp There's an ugly green monster in my head Won't leave me alone Until you're dead I called your house but you couldn't be reached So I took the D train to Brighton Beach You're doing the thing with a brand new man Checking out the stars Screwing on the sand Kill you Kill you Punishment Kill you Took some steroids and adrenaline Finlandia vodka and hallucinogens Mixed it with blood and orange juice Liquid protein and ice cubes Staring down at your sweaty embraces Put my tool right through your faces Well buddyboy I hope you enjoyed her 'Cause I'm an equal opportunity destroyer Kill you Kill you Punishment Kill you I'll kill you tonight I'll kill you tonight I'll kill you tonight I'll fuckin' kill you
Canto III: Love You to Death
[Instrumental with chops]
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- Band performers
- Peter Steele – vocals, bass guitar
- Kenny Hickey – guitar, acoustic guitar
- Josh Silver – keyboards, organ, effects
- Sal Abruscato – drums
- Additional performer
- J.S. Bach – samples
- Written by Peter Steele
- Engineered and mixed by Mike Marciano
- Mastered by Michael Sarsfield
- Produced by Type O Negative