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Zatokrev : The Bat, The Wheel And A Long Road To Nowhere

Zatokrev's latest full-length could have been far tighter and more cohesive.

Zatokrev's latest full length, "The Bat, The Wheel And A Long Road To Nowhere" (that's a mouthful. Let's just call it, 'the bat and the other stuff', and be done with it), I honestly find pretty damn boring.

I'm not sure exactly where the band is going with this, but I'll take a guess and say that it's on a long road to nowhere. There is just so much pointless meandering in most of these songs, that you could cut the album to about a third of its length and not miss a single thing. In fact, if anything, it'd be much tighter, and more cohesive.

About the only times my interest has been piqued here, is on third track, 'Rodeo With Snakes' (and to a lesser extent, eighth track, 'The Bat') which is a curious mix of black metal and southern rock (with the 'typical Zatokrev' vocal style giving it a slight sludgy and almost post hardcore hint), and closer, 'Angels Of Cross', which really takes me back to "Through Silver In Blood" era Neurosis (especially the riff, which builds and builds, crescendos, then falls back again. It's simple, but very satisfying), minus the clean vocal.

Other than these exceptions, what you get here is a dirty, black metal influenced fusion of mid-period Katatonia and Neurosis (and I mainly mention the latter due to the vocals, which range from generic black metal screams, to a more hardcore edge). Oh, and the aforementioned pointless meandering that goes from decent enough melodic parts to sections of almost pure noise. We can't forget that... sadly.

I suppose, overall, this album may just not be my style. To sum it up, it is mostly decent enough, and I can't fault the production one bit, it's top notch. There's just something about it that feels somewhat broken: as if it could be much, much better than it really is.

At the very least, if you are a fan of the bands mentioned (and don't mind hearing all of that with a black metal gloss), give Zatokrev's latest a try. You just may end up enjoying it. I, however, did not.

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Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Goddamn Lights
2. 9
3. Rodeo With Snakes
4. Medium
5. The Wheel
6. Feel The Fire pt. 1
7. Feel The Fire pt. 2
8. The Bat
9. Angels Of Cross

Duration : Approx. 76 minutes

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Reviewed on 2012-07-27 by Matt Zuchowski
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