3. Disaster Symphony
4. You Own the Sun
5. Gout Mouth
6. Heart Divided
Nearly 20 years ago, the Western airwaves were dominated by Adult Alternative Rock and Alternative Metal which arose in the footsteps of Grunge and Nu Metal. Bands employing melodic and harsh sounds to express inner angst and personal problems was the zeitgeist of the time, and it seems memories of that zeitgeist haven’t faded for all, as the Canadian group Zero Fire have proven with their new EP: ‘Second Sun.’
I will start off by saying I was never a huge fan of these genres, except for certain Post-Grunge and Alternative Rock acts who brought this EP’s sound into the modern psyche, so I was heavily reminded of my teen years when music was slowly pricking my inner being. ‘Slides’ opens this release with vocals and gritty guitars that would have you feeling like you’d just stepped back into 2005 and you were watching channels like Scuzz.
‘Second Sun’ then continues to showcase the band’s range of experimenting with the instrumental ‘You Own the Sun’ which divides the album from the slightly lighter, rock tunes to the heavier, more metallic second half with ‘Gout Mouth’ and ‘Heart Divided’ sounding like the opening bands you’d find at an early Stone Temple Pilots gig.
It’s worth saying these guys liken themselves to Deftones, The Mars Volta and Tool in their press release, which is an impressive mix if that’s the kind of Rock and Metal you live for.
Overall, I wasn’t blown away by this band, but they certainly didn’t outstay their welcome and I was impressed that they made me listen to an Alternative Metal release without cringing, so good work there from me. Check this number out if you want to remember the days of Myspace and the darker side of Rock that was playing in the background as Emo began to take centre stage by the second half of the noughties.
Review by Demitri Levantis