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Suck It Up
September 2012
Released: 2012, Indie
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

Canadian Metal Spotlight-Part 2

About once a year or so I’ll dig down deep into the frozen permafrost of the Canadian Metal scene and share some worthy releases with a wider audience. Since we don’t get summer up here in the Great White North I’ll bring you a little cold front of Metal albums and a quick review of seven recent albums by newer bands from coast to coast. Being a Canadian writing for a Canadian site it is the least I can do, in a patriotic sense, to help give a little exposure to my fellow Metallions of the north but that doesn’t means they get a free ride, just because they are Canadian! These bands actually deserve your attention;

Auroch (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Begrime Exemious (Edmonton, Alberta)

Black Moor (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia)

Dark Forest (Calgary, Alberta)

Maglor (Calgary, Alberta)

Odium (Walkerton, Ontario)

Ze (Calgary, Alberta)

Please feel free to check out the other reviews in this feature. Last month we featured:

Demona (Quebec)

Haiduk (Calgary, Alberta)

Kemilon (Montreal, Quebec)

Striker (Edmonton, Alberta)

Titan’s Eve (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Valfreya (Montreal, Quebec)

Ye Goat-Herd Gods (Calgary, Alberta)


Ze is probably the most fun and unique band in this feature. Ze is a Canadian/Japanese one-man band founded by Pete Klassen. Splitting his time between cow-town Calgary and the neon nights of Tokyo, Pete has delivered his mission statement to the melodic Metal world.

SUCK IT UP is well-presented with a nice full-colour booklet with pictures and lyrics in both English and some in Japanese. The 11 track album runs about 40 minutes and the songs fit into a standard verse, chorus,verse chorus solo structure which makes them very singable. The choruses are very strong and very catchy. Pete vocals are another strong point kinda of a high-pitched 80's style, like something you might hear on the first Shotgun Messiah album or even old Guns 'n' roses album. Far from being a retro act Ze can easily fit in with the whole modern wave of bands like Crashdiet, Crazy Lixx and Wig Wam.

The album has a great tone and pace, it's driving music. The lyrics are good ol' rock and roll lyrics and songs like, 'The One that I Want' and 'Heavy Metal In Tokyo' give it a really cosmopolitan flair. Pete pulls the brakes just a bit with a nice, instrumental acoustic ballad sequenced halfway through the record, breaking up the pace nicely.

I've had the pleasure of spending a bit of time with Pete and he has 'rockstar' written all over him. He's got the look, the style and the right attitude. High-energy, and infectious enthusiasm will make him and Ze a surefire winner in the melodic Metal sweepstakes. Be sure to check out SUCK IT UP but don't download it for free because according to the legal warning on the back, Unauthorized reproduction will make your penis shrink and your tits sag!'
Track Listing

1. Afraid Of The Night
2. Suck It Up
3.The One That I Want
4.Other Hlaf Of My Heart
5. Without You
6. Heavy Metal In Tokyo
7. Crash Operation
8. Take My Chances
9. Thunder Calls Your Name
10. (Bonus track in Japanese)
11. hidden bonus track


Pete Klassen-all

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