Nov 26, 2012
Zatokrev - "The Bat, the Wheel and a Long Road to Nowhere" ...
The initial attack of Zatokrev is thick and lava-like sludge riffing with a direct and simple feel, revealed in the opening to songs like "Goddam Lights" and "Medium". But as each lengthy song unfolds, melodies and experimentation begin to arise...not in a way that overtakes the sludge, but which compliments. The excellent opening cut "Goddam Lights" is hammering, nasty and filthy, with a very "spiky" sounding guitar sound, but the sadness gradually increases as the track goes on and the ending is powerfully melodic, with layers build up on that original bludgeoning feel. "Medium" has much the same kind of opening but the mid-section has a long section of abstract, abrasive noise ala Khanate before returning to the original riff in devastating fashion. It goes without saying that the vocals are painful screaming, that's de rigeur for this stuff.
The tunes are long but Zatokrev knows just when to pull the plug. Only "Medium" comes close to the breaking point. The ten minute plus "Angels of Cross" makes great use of an apocalyptic rumbling in the background to add the feeling of approaching doomsday. And some tracks, like "The Bat", are just flat out sludge monsters...this last cut is a virtual template of how to do a dragging, doomy, depressing metal song.
This is certainly one of the sludge highlights of 2012 and those into the heavier side of post-metal/slowcore music will also find it a worthy purchase.
Words: Dr. Mality