Thursday, 4 April 2013

Zolle - S/T

Zolle play a great mix of instrumental sludge type riffs which
at times have a complex almost mathy feel to them. Coming
from Italy, there must be something in the water - not only does
Urlo from Ufomammut add some synth flourishes to some
tracks but the overall sound has the same massive sonic template.

The guitar has a great thick solid sound to it which sounds
uncompressed and very natural, giving it a warm but
distorted tone on which the hypnotic riffs build around.

The tracks do not outstay their welcome which helps to give
each passage a individual identity - the grooves have a head
banging abandon that would please any stoner fan who stumbles
into this genre. A production that gets the best out of this band
really brings the manic drums to life ....... pah! .... who needs
a vocalist anyway when the music is this good!

Band blurb: Enter Zolle self-proclaimed rednecks, are on the loose and ready to run amok with the release of their self-titled debut album, an ode to yokel ways of living. They might not take themselves so seriously but don’t be fooled, their music is no hayseed dixie, brace yourself for a ferocious, rampant record of thunderous riffs and robust drum blasts.

Zolle are – Marcello (Lan of Morkobot) playing meaty riffs and Stefano who beefs things up on drums and xylophone. The duo commenced work on their debut album throughout the summer of 2012, and in just two months they had the music ready to commit to tape.

Their self-titled album was recorded in September of the same year by Michelangelo Roberti at Mizkey Studio (MoRkObOt) and mastered by Giovanni Versari (zu, Morkobot, OvO, One Dimensional Man). It was almost all played live, with overdubs reduced to the bone. The drums are of considerable proportion and made of copper and the amplifier an old digital model of the ’50s which makes for a mammoth sound.

Urlo from Ufomammut and Roberto Rizzo of Quasiviri/Runi add a little synth seasoning to flesh out the album also.

The resulting album is mightily heavy, the short songs are direct and song titles are entrenched in references to redneck living. For example ‘Mayale’ is a play on the Italian word for pig [Maiale] but is written like ‘Maya’ to reflect the sacred image of the Mayan pig face adorning the album’s cover. Similarly, ‘Heavy Letam’ is suggestive of ‘Letame’ which means manure in Italian – resulting in an anagram of ‘heavy metal’.

Zolle may be a no-frills band but there is much more to them than meets the eye. They are far from restrained and their debut album will definitely give you something to chew on.

Available on May 13th from Supernatural Cat


Thanks to Lauren for link.

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