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Zozobra: Harmonic TremorsHarmonic Tremors (2007)
Hydra Head Records

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Hydra Head Records. If you are like me, that association is enough to pop in whatever album it may be by whatever artist it may be. Because more often not, you are in for some sort of treat. Whether or not you actually enjoy that treat is up to your own musical taste of course, but Hydra Head Rec.
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If you are like me, that association is enough to pop in whatever album it may be by whatever artist it may be. Because more often not, you are in for some sort of treat. Whether or not you actually enjoy that treat is up to your own musical taste of course, but Hydra Head Records, at least for me, is definitely one of those record labels who set the bar very high for musical ingenuity. Some of the most obscure noise comes from that label, but, if you are like me, and you enjoy obscure noise coming out of your speakers, than you are sure to enjoy Zozobra's debut album Harmonic Tremors.

Zozobra is a side project of Caleb Scofield (Cave In / Old Man Gloom) and Santos Montano (Foresnsics / Old Man Gloom). Harmonic Tremors is a merry-go-round of doom metal ridden on the flaming horses of Scofield's growl and some absolutely devastating guitar riffs. The album starts off with the harmonious soft crooning and relatively soft guitars (definite Cave In sound here) of "The Blessing." It's a rather upbeat song, one of the more bright and smiling tracks on the album. That is until about four minutes in, and the soundtrack to the post-apocalyptic world that Zozobra seems all too fitting to live in kicks in. Everything slows down and everything gets heavier. The end of "The Blessing" previews what is truly the overbearing weighty nature of Harmonic Tremors. While tracks such as "Soon to Follow" and "Kill and Crush" do exactly what the latter suggests, little atmospheric moments in "Leviator" are peppered throughout; it doesn't lighten the overall mood, though. These atmospheric moments have all the pressure of sitting at the bottom of the ocean with those creepy fish with lights on their heads.

Harmonic Tremors is one of the most appropriately titled albums in recent memory -- beautifully harmonious at times, and at other times sounding like you are in the earthquake of the century. The Cave In comparison is incredibly prevalent throughout the entire album, to the point I wish there was less Cave In, more Zozobra. The last track "A Distant Star Fades" falls victim to this and portions of it can seem like I accidentally popped in Jupiter. It's understandable considering the band's background, and fortunately the track more than makes up for it with its epically epic ending (one of the most epic of the year, really; I know, it's late January, but come back in 11 months and I'll still be right), but at times I still wish Zozobra had more of its own distinct identity. Because when it's chugging along, with some incredibly simple yet incredibly heavy riffs, led by Scofield's scream, Zozobra is the soundtrack to the death of the whole world, and I've never been more willing to welcome death with open arms.

 

 
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justahippie (February 4, 2007)

so, if i'm stoned, will i like it?

Ianw (February 4, 2007)

No big deal if your always stoned.

Anonymous (February 3, 2007)

Let me reiterate: Ambient experimental doom noise metal fucking sucks. For some reason in the last few years it's become really popular, and it's boring as all fuck. Now, stoners playing/listening to metal is nothing new, but this stuff has no energy or passion. It's all basically identical.

Fake metal for fake metalheads. Maybe instead of "hippies," I should have said "hipsters." I don't use "pretentious" lightly, but if there's one musical genre that I would throw that term at, it's this hipster metal bullshit. Honestly ZERO redeeming value unless you're stoned.

-Will

SilentStorms (February 3, 2007)

Big surprise, Will bashes another good band. And how exactly are metalheads becoming more like hippies? Also, why is that necessarily bad? Score is for Will's comment.

Ianw (February 3, 2007)

Dude, Will, chill out. Don't gots to be so serious about musics.

We should all just chill and blast some Wolf Eyes and Dead Machines and shit.

Anonymous (February 3, 2007)

I swear, metalheads are becoming more like hippies than ever. This music is bullshit.

-Will

SilentStorms (February 3, 2007)

I've been waiting for this release since it was posted months ago. The two tracks I heard sounded very similar to Old Man Gloom, but that's okay because OMG has released some of the best albums I've ever heard (even with the random tracks). I think I'm going to like the softer Cave In styled songs as well, because with no more Cave In right now I need my fix. Great review. Great artwork too.

Anonymous (February 2, 2007)

old man gloom was alright. cave in are great. i'll check this out. it better be worth the cave in hiatus, because i definitely wasn't feeling stephen brodsky's super hippie feelgood adventure.

Anonymous (February 2, 2007)

sounds great...love the album art too.

trailerparkjesus (February 2, 2007)

Thats the second review from you thats impressed me in a row.. I haven't wanted to actually buy an album in a while and I wouldn't mind purchasing this without hearing it beforehand from what I hear

Anonymous (February 2, 2007)

GAR! I can't be dissapointed in this release! I just can't! But I kind of am, good call on the songs not really going anywhere....stylistically this rules

Barkley

Anonymous (February 2, 2007)

i'm a huge cave in fan, i'll definitely be checking this out.

inagreendase (February 2, 2007)

Stylistically, this album is friggin' awesome.

I just don't think the songs go anywhere, though.

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