CD REVIEW Zatokrev

Band: Zatokrev
Title: The Bat, The Wheel And A Long Road To Nowhere
Label: Candlelight Records
Distribution: Plastic Head Distribution - Bertus
Release date: 13/08/2012
Review: CD

Zatokrev (which is Czech for ‘blood for this’ or something in this ‘vein’) are a Swiss (from the city of Basel) quartet (only remaining original member Frederyk Rotter-g&v, Julien Duseyau-g, Frédéric Hug-d, and Lucas Löw-b&v), gloriously existing on Mater Terra with two highly appreciated full lengths and a highly acclaimed split on their roster (resp. Zatokrev, Bury The Ashes, and the split with Vancouver).
They did record this third full length, called The Bat, The Wheel And A Long Road To Nowhere, at Geneva’s Rec Studio (think: Knut, Impure Wilhelmina or Shora) with productional assistance of Serge Morattel and Kruger’s Raphaël Bovey (the latter did also take care of mix and mastering). The whole lasts for seventy four (read: 74!!!) minutes, by the way, and for sure it might be the band’s heaviest effort to date!

The Bat, The Wheel And A Long Road To Nowhere goes, as a matter of fact, on in the vein of the former efforts, which means an extreme version of acts like Neurosis, yet with, again, a permanent evolution in sound and own-faced approach.
It is really remarkable how easy it seems to combine ultimate power / aggression with melody and technical craftsmanship, without losing itself into a noisy and senseless pulp of nothingness. Sludge and (Black) Metal, Doom and Deathcore, Post-Rock and Stoner-Prog, this mixture comes with the finest equilibria in between tradition and progression, in between brutality and emotion, in between taking-no-prisoners heaviness and integer self-relativation.
There’s variation whole of the time, when it comes to speed, melody and structure, sometimes rather psychedelic, then again especially guitar-oriented, rhythmic or epic, blasting or psycho-grindingly industrialised, balancing in between different emotions and tempos, etc. Yet the main keyword for sure is: heavy! Even though this album, like both former ones, is extremely varied in different aspects, it indeed sounds like an ultra-brutal version of bands like Isis, Tombs, Horseback, Cult Of Luna, Minsk, Sourvein, or aforementioned Neurosis. Kruger might come to mind as well???

Maybe one (stupid) remark:…
No, I can’t find anyone…

The lyrics, by the way, come in English, Czech and Slovakian, for singer Frederyk originally originates from the Czech Republic - FYI.

90/100

Ivan Tibos.