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Zess : Et In Arcadia Ego

The history of Zess starts back in 1987 when they entered at Genoe's Hobbit Studios to record their debut album. Unfortunately, things didn't go so well for the band and the record was not released back then. The recording sessions lasted from December 1987 until February 1988, but it seems that finally the time came for the music of Zess to face the daylight.

Talking about Zess, we are simply talking about great epic doom metal, influenced by Black Sabbath and Candlemass: great heavy and doomy riffs in the good, old-fashioned way, tombstone bass and drums of war, creating high-heavy walls of epic doom metal. The strongest feature of the band is the great dark and epic voice of the singer and keyboardist Mercy La Morgue. Hymns like 'A forest Mass', 'Black Arcadia', 'Revenants of War' makes this record a real epic doom metal masterpiece. The influences of Candlemass and Black Sabbath can be noticed again and again in the record but the songs are played with such passion, the vocals are so strong and the atmosphere of the band is so special, that we can not mention them as a copycat or anything similar.

The music of Zess is based on the passion of their musicians for what they love most and that is for sure pure epic doom metal. The production of the record is good. It sounds old fashioned but - as I have pointed in the beginning - the recordings have been done so many years ago. To my ears this is not a problem cause I think that such a type of production helps the songs to breathe. The record has been totally remastered but this old fashion felling in the sound has - fortunately - not been lost.

Well everyone into epic doom metal should check those great Italian doomsters. All hail Zess!

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Intro
2. A forest Mass
3. Black Arcadia
4. Revenants of war
5. In Mithra's den
6. Bodysnatchers
7. Stramonium experience
8. The Shameless
9. Requiem for the human beast

Duration : Approx. 49 minutes

Visit the Zess bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Chris Papadakis
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