And now it's time for album number three for Zuul FX, the French industrial / death metal crossover act, fronted by former No Return vocalist Steeve 'Zuul' Petit. If you've heard and liked either of their earlier releases, then you'll be glad to know that there's been no reinventing of the wheel here, as they crash on with another set of Pantera meets Sepultura meets Fear Factory, in your face metal.
Apparently, this album reflects a "Grindhouse spirit", inspired by Tarantino and Rodriguez, and is structured like a film synopis. Well, you'll need better ears than me to pick up on that, but if it makes the band happy, then so mote it be. The story is that of a man who loses the woman he loves, to a violent in, becomes mentally ill, and begins to live in a parallel world. Which sounds thoroughly unpleasant. But, as this is an album chock full of violent metal, the subject matter reflects the music and vice-versa.
The album sounds big, and there is an excellent percussion sound, which may be connected to the arrival of a new drummer. The solos are fiery, and bounce off the groove infested metal sound to good effect. The vocals are of a love them or hate them variety, and there are still a few too many nu-metal touches for me to be completely sold on the band, but when they bash out tunes like 'Beat The Crap Out...', 'The Torture Never Stops' and 'Devil Son Vs. Sexy Witch', then theirs is a mighty fine sound, and one that really does emphasise the heavy in heavy metal.
If you're looking for a band who mix up classic thrash, more modern metal, and a heapful of groove, then you might find that Zuul FX are the band for you.