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The Bat, The Wheel And A Long Road To Nowhere - Lars Bjørn - 6 stars

The Bat, The Wheel And A Long Road To Nowhere

The Bat, The Wheel And A Long Road To Nowhere
(Candlelight Records - 2012)

Zatokrev is mostly known as a live band, have played over most of Europe, and are again on the road. They have a number of releases to their name already, and are not slowed down by some changes in the band line-up, they found time to get a new album out to their fans. The long and difficult name: The Bat, The Wheel And A Long Road To Nowhere is what they offer now. Musically they are a big mix of influences, stoner rock, black metal and pounding heavy metal, and vocally their singer Frederyk Rotter is singing very clean, but in brutal aggressive black metal way. This is their set up, and their fans accept this difficult mix that Zatokrev have to give them. Goddamn Lights is the first outburst from the Swiss band, a pressuring heavy metal tune so massive that their crowd must be convinced of their abilities, especially the vocal deeds from Rotter are impressive, the black metal brutality in his voice makes the song extra powerful. Rodeo With Snakes is even more wild and brutal with an increasing strength in the vocals from Frederyk Rotter to make it perfect, such a song will make a deep impact on the listeners. The Wheel gives us old school metal in a slow tempo, but with all the brutality intact throughout the song. The Bat has a mix in it between stoner rock and black metal, just listen to yourself if you find it hard to believe that this kind of music is possible. Yeah, 9 new songs from Zatokrev, but unfortunately there is no real structure in most of the songs, and it gives a bad over clouding on the total picture. Their positive way to perform their songs will save them no matter what they do, because they still have a sparkling attitude to make their concerts.

6 stars

Lars Bjørn


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