Nitro Zeus – i. anomaly

Rating: 2.5/5
Distributor/label URL: Self-released
Released: 2019
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Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/thenitrozeus/

Band Line-up:

Drums – Hurst
Guitars – James V
Bass – James T
Vocals – Zichxyna

Tracklisting:

1. All Fail
2. LTES
3. Sweet Sanity
4. The Crawls of Parliament
5. Augment

Review:

Nitro Zeus are an Australian rock band with classic rock, Japanese alternative rock and Swedish death metal influences and their live sound has been compared to a metallic and bluesy version of Nick Cave. The group fronted by female singer Zichxyna will be releasing their debut EP ‘i. anomaly’ on 15 March. It contains bonus tracks along with the single ‘All Fail’, it was recorded in 2018 at Studio Truth and was produced by Tyson Ruth.

The album starts off with a riff very similar (perhaps too similar) to Black Sabbath’s ‘Children of the Grave’. Throughout most of the album you can expect the very thick and sludgy tones Sabbath made popular, in fact, just made more extreme. Other than the hardened blues ideas, the similarities kind of end there though; Nitro aren’t quite as adventurous as the metal pioneers in terms of their almost proggy song structures, rather NZ simplify things and place more value on good old fashioned hostility. (Especially with lyrics such as ‘let them eat sh*t’). However, they arguably need to come up with guitar parts that are better written. Don’t expect any ‘Iron Mans’, rather lots of cliched chugging and power chords.

Punk ideas also play an important part with these guys. Chord progressions are often rather anarchically sarcastic sounding, whereas Sabbath mostly stick to being dark and serious. Nitro have come up with a hybrid genre that works quite well. In songs such as ‘Sweet Sanity’ things are more melodic, but the clean guitars aren’t too adventurous in terms of harmony and are forgettable. Having said that, they do produce a very desirable chilled out atmosphere that is rather reminiscent of Tool. (At their most basic, that is, which is no bad thing; just more relaxed and less distracting, you could say).

In conclusion, this is average music that could have been so much more. The fusing of musical styles is very effective and it would have been great if the band worked on that more, instead of relying too much on the cynical messages of the words. Other than that, there’s nothing really off-putting about the album, and you should definitely check it out if you want something powerful and a little different.

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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