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ZEMIAL


ZEMIAL 


"Nykta"

By Octopi Mills


This band, Zemial, have a 25 year history, and are from Greece. The album I review immediately comes across as an old school metal affair, with an 80s guitar style throughout the first song, which is ripe with changes in time and verse, and some guitar licks that become as hot dogging as something you might find on a guitar video. There is a thrash feeling, and a phantom Hellhammer/Celtic Frost feeling that is strong on the second and third track. The vocals even carry a Tom Warrior style, and the name of this song is "Eclipse". Indeed, not a original title, but that's not the point, anyhow is it? The point is these men don't merely rip off the artist(s) I have mentioned, not totally, but rather it seems like a homage. Heck, even some of the lyrics are witty for metal penmanship, and there are  some clever strings and atmosphere, separating them from lots of johnny come lately musicians. Their use of certain effects and keyboards enhance the sound of the band, and I read somewhere that the drummer does vocals live. This surely adds a dimension of rhythm to the tracks, and something different- I think I feel this.
 
As I swill beer, my heart melts like butter to these fellows and their homages, and I can find no real attack to unleash upon them; as if they are at least true at heart. The sense of melody is somewhat refreshing to this music, and keeps it from becoming something to be ridiculed or scorned outright. "In the arms of Hades" has some nice demonic vocals that turns into some old electric leads afterwards, and the drums roll along like someone who knows a thing or two about drums, whilst keys spin some progressive turns. To say there are patterns in the structure of the songs would be fair, and to further state that there is talent abroad is obvious. I find halfway through the album that the Tom Warrior influence is thicker than ever, and there are some witty lyricism at hand that will be appreciated by heavy metal enthusiasts, so I must recommend it to those who can divine my words to suit such needs. The thrashing of "Deathspell" has all the makings of someone who has a heart that burns for old metal, but I start to lose interest on a personal level. "The Small" apes around with some melody and stuff, before turning into a prog-rock space description, and features some guitar work that is original in its plodding and dabbling manners. Then it becomes almost like a Carlos Santana thing, and there is nothing to do but wait it out. The next song goes by me, and the final one seems to be a homage to John Cage, which comes across as an artistic thing done to minimal standards, and I am glad it is over now. Certainly this is not my cup of tea, but there will be an interest to those who have lost interest in listening to all the old classics over and over. To you, I say goodbye; I never knew you.

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