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Zoroaster : Matador

After the buzz generated from 2009’s self-released effort, ‘Voice of Saturn,’ Decibel Magazine named Zoroaster’s 2010 release, Matador one of the most-anticipated albums of 2010. The question that then remains is, “Does it live up to the hype?”

Now let me make it clear that this isn’t my first review of the album. At first, I gave Matador a favorable review, but maybe not as much attention as it deserved. After reviewing the album, I moved onto listening to other music for later reviews and personal pleasure. I’d been reviewing a lot of music, and found myself with a break. There’s not many of those, so I took my little time between reviews as a vacation to listen to whatever I wanted. But Zoroaster was done. My review was posted. There was no need to re-visit Matador.

So I thought.

I found myself, weeks later, humming the songs and thinking about the album. I tracked it down in my local records store, slipped off the plastic, and kept it in constant rotation for the past week.

Zoroaster writes great songs, for one thing. What I like about the band is that each instrument needs the other to exist. While the guitar riffs might not be the most-catchy trifles in Stoner-metal history, the in-the-pocket drumming, haunting vocals, beautiful guitar solos, and great arrangements, coalesce for magical songs. Will Fiore’s voice is transfixing and hypnotizes the listener with a chant-like crooning that resembles the weird instrument played during the Satanic ritual/orgy scene of Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. No shit.

Zoroaster is the real deal. They play kick-ass, fast-paced Stoner metal with a dark blend of Psychedelia. The band is tight, but avoid treading into the heavy waters that riff-addicts propagate. That’s okay, because Zoroaster seem to be focused on the type of longevity and depth that one-dimensional acts seem to lack.

Key tracks are, “D.N.R., and ‘Old World’ which resembles something by Om with a super-catchy hook. ‘Odyssey II’ is a slick acoustic jam, which gives the album great depth. In an ocean of clones that the Stoner genre tends to produce, this one swims. Consider this in contention for one of the coolest albums of 2010.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. D.N.R.
2. Ancient Ones
3. Odyssey
4. Trident
5. Firewater
6. Old World
7. Black Hole
8. Odyssey II

Duration : Approx. 40 minutes

Visit the Zoroaster bandpage.

Reviewed on 02-08-2010 by Mark Breckles
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