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Released: 2012, Indie
In early 2016 Blood Red Throne will release their new album, UNION OF FLESH AND MACHINE. In anticipation of this exciting event I decided to go back to review the last couple of BRT albums as well as a few very cool side-projects of founder Daniel Olaisen; Big City, Cobolt 60 and Zerozonic. Enjoy all five album reviews in this mini-feature of the industrious and prolific Daniel Olaisen.
I’d have to say this is my least favourite project by Daniel Olaisen. This is largely in part, not because of poor quality, but because I’m not as big a fan of the heavy groove-based thrash Metal. I prefer my thrash lean, mean and speedy and without the shouted vocals.
Zerozonic has been going quite a while and is the musical vehicle to indulge Olaisen’s modern groove metal leanings. AFTERSANE is the band third album and there has been a complete and total lineup change since GOD DAMN BETTER BEST in 2009. The CD looks and sounds good a very professional package for an independent release. More bands could learn how to make a pro-looking set like this.
The founding guitarist recruited a relative unknown Arvid Tjelta on vocals who does his best (worst) Anselmo/Cavalera shouts. The lyrics are standard rebellious topics about never giving up and getting up again. The other two new young guns bring the Machine Head inspired grooves and rhythms to the band with lots of breakdowns and slow surging parts. The pace is pretty quick but everytime the song gets going its slows down again unable to sustain any serious momentum. The production is good, crunchy and heavy, it sounds excellent in all aspects. It is bludgeoning for the most part.
There are some really excellent solos scattered across the album and that alone saves it from being a sub-standard album. AFTERSANE is very well done for the style, but I just don’t enjoy it as much.
1. Party Pandemonium
2. I Am the Motherfucker
4. True Savior
6. Give It Up
7. Something to Be
8. Once You've Tried It
9. Never Back Down
10. Save Us
11. Rise Again
Arvid Tjelta Vocals
Daniel Olaisen Guitars
Martin Berger Bass
Jon Eirik Bokn Drums
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