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Troubled Ground
August 2004
Released: 2004, I Used To Fuck People Like You In Prison Records/Century Media
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

Zebulon rose from the ashes of Desultory where Thomas Johnson, Klas Morberg and Håkan Morbergwere were members. In early 1997 Jojje Bohlin was recruited and Zebulon was born. In 1998 they recorded a demo at the famous Sunlight Studios in Stockholm, Sweden where Entombed recorded their classic ground-breaking records. During the summer of ‘98 they landed a deal with Century Media and recorded four songs to be released as a 10’’ CD, but producer Fred Estby moved on and the songs weren’t released until January 2000. The debut EP was called CAPE CANARIA and got rave reviews in the metal press. It was also at the end of 1999 that they did their first live show, supporting Entombed.

The debut album, VOLUME ONE, was finished in 2000, but it’s release got delayed until March 2001. In the spring of 2002 they started to work on their second album and contacted several different studios before deciding on Sunlight Studios once again. Again the work got delayed and recording didn’t start until the beginning of 2003. They began by recording the drums and some problems must have showed up because they didn’t release the album until February 2004. The actual recording and mixing only took eighteen days, so one can wonder why it took so long to finish the album. I think the album title speaks for itself. They must be really happy that their troubles with the second album are finally over.

I would describe Zebulon as stoner rock influenced by 70’s garage rock. Zebulon have some musical similarities with Swedish acts like Spiritual Beggars and Mustasch and international acts like Monster Magnet.

The album has ten tracks. Håkan is not one of the greatest singers in the world, but his voice definitely suits this kind of music. He and his brother Klas do an excellent job here. Jojje and Thomas in the rhythm section also do a really good job, as they compliment each other perfectly.

All of the songs are of a very high standard and if you’re into stoner rock you should absolutely check this out. I can’t say that I’m a big fan of this kind of rock, but they certainly impressed me. The album just gets better and better the more you listen to it. The only small negative thing about Zebulon is that the band name and the album cover don’t mirror the music especially well. This is an excellent follow up album by the unlucky Zebulon.
Track Listing

1. Take It Like A Man
2. Stitched Up
3. Drain You
4. Daytrip To Hell
5. Stand Your Ground
6. Don’t Let It Win
7. So Easy
8. Troubled Ground
9. Blood Money
10. Outside


Jojje Bohlin – bass
Thomas Johnson – drums, tambourines
Håkan Morberg – lead vocals, guitar
Klas Morberg – guitar

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