With the revival Thrash movement showing no signs in slowing itself, it’s becoming quite clear that the genre is over saturating the market. Luckily for a band like ZODIAC ASS, most of the Thrash bands that are rising to the surface in the industry are pulling most of their influences from the Bay Area sound. The more extreme side of the genre seems to be still on the shallow end of the pool and that’s why listening to their sophomore effort, “A Monument Of Human Ignorance” is a breath of fresh air.
Although the band does still incorporate quite a bit of melody into their Thrash guitar assault, particularly in the first part of the album, this release retains its place towards the heavier section of the genre. The Teutonic influence is quite prevalent in the sound as the band truly flourishes at the heavier material. With a vocalist that dabbles in the more guttural side of this voice, a focus on the heavier and punchier riffs, and a bass heavier sound the modern and more extreme Thrash ideologies do work out themselves well.
“A Monument Of Human Ignorance” isn’t all roses and ponies of perfection though. Despite some serious talent and heart contained on the album, many of the songs tend to over play themselves and drag on. This is something that many Thrash bands have been doing lately (EXODUS and METALLICA for example) so it’s not unusual to see, but the band hasn’t quite found the right balance to make it work for the best yet.
Otherwise, this sophomore effort from Austrian Thrashers is still a solid release representing a side of the Thrash genre that has been getting the shaft as of lately. It does get better as the album plays on and the band loses some of the melodic focuses for their heavier sound, but either way it’s an album that most fans of the genre should at least listen to. ZODIAC ASS may not be in perfect form but they are showing signs that they can reach that point.
Songs to check out: “Frozen”, “Redeemer”, “New Enemy”.
(Online September 4, 2010)