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  • Audio CD (5 Mar. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador
  • ASIN: B006WAF3X6
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,882 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

This new (fourth) album by Bay Area five-piece Ceremony has reignited an argument that’s been raging for millennia – what is punk? Is this what it sounds like? Shouldn’t a real punk album be called Maniacal Holiday or something? All tiresome questions of course. Especially when Zoo is actually an exercise in how to transform from a band whose youthful 13-minute debut was chockablock with eff-you punk-rock platitudes into something else without stinking out the place.

In the mid-to-late 00s, Ceremony were a furious supernova of a band. But just as grown-ups should stop riding BMXs in their 20s, anger – and the way it’s expressed – should also evolve. It happened to Black Flag and, more recently, F***ed Up, who turned into a string-swelled, hopeful, punk-opera band with lessons to teach.

F***ed Up’s new Matador label-mates Ceremony don’t make the change with quite the same warmly empathetic bear hug that Pink Eyes and co did, but they haven’t done too badly either. Ceremony are still fond of scrappy punk rocking, but they’re certainly not the same band, in mind, whose second album was described as "hardcore’s equivalent of Hiroshima". Zoo – their first set not released on hardcore label Bridge Nine – is less nihilistic, their anger turning into grimly foreboding disappointment and frustration.

At its best Zoo prowls menacingly and intensely, shrouded in sheets of steely guitar and fogs of squall and distortion. Catchy, venom-armed songs roil with garage-rock riffs and almost comically creepy bass lines, as on the twanging, groovesome, gothic Hotel. Repeating the Circle shows off a love of Joy Division, who wrote the song they this band takes its name from. And just like The Ponys and Disappears, who Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley is drumming with at the moment, there’s a definite 77-80 UK punk and post-punk influence, notably on the bashing Ordinary People and in Ross Farrar’s sneering vocals.

This mood-heavy mix doesn’t always work. A few straight-up garage-y numbers stumble into that thorny hedge the wrong side of punk-pop, while the fuzz-pop of Community Service sounds as if it were recorded by one of the weaker Class of 2003 New York bands. But there is a compelling darkness in some of these songs that serves up more than just a minor threat.

--Chris Parkin

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I'm not really sure what I expected from Ceremony, but whatever it was, they didn't deliver. Drawling vocals and predictable over-distorted guitars in standard progressions really just didn't do anything for me. The only vaguely good song on this album is `Quarantine' and let's face it, Green Day went there first in 1997 with `Hitchin' A Ride'.
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You can't be full of teenage vitriol for ever, at least not convincingly, but this isn't news to Bay Area band Ceremony (former "power-violence" pioneers named after a Joy Division track, rather than Skywave/A Place To Bury Strangers affiliates of the same name). Having already evolved from super-charged hardcore through breathless thrash and dark sludge-punk to EPs full of covers including Wire's seminal "Pink Flag" and 2010's garage-indebted Rohnert Park LP, it's with little surprise that Zoo now runs amok with quasi-commercial appeal.

Now calling Matador home for the first time, Ceremony not only find themselves at a commercial crossroads, but also now stood on a launch-pad capable of casting them under the gaze of the greater alternative crowd for the first time. And, for fresh ears in particular, there's much to recommend here - the poppy skip and jangling concessions of tracks like "Quarantine", which, perhaps, belies schooling in pre-stadium Green Day, ought to win the band new sales for example.

Yet, depending on where you're coming from, that same sound could easily be written off as some strain of MOR. What's certain is that there's a sense of the quintet holding back on Zoo. Never before, for example, would there have been such a clean guitar solo as on "Citizen", and a nagging sense of what-could-have-been pervades when one substitutes in instead an explosion of sneering guitar noise. Similarly the choppy chug of "Brace Yourself" would previously have been a gateway to some bruising onslaught and the catalogue of sleepy bedding and generic echo that comes in the way of compensation isn't entirely satisfactory.
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Ceremony takes a surprise twist 6 April 2012
By catdoor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Moving from anger and spazz, ceremony pieced together what seems to be a bland surf rock album. Gone are the screams and madness, instead is a slightly melodic, strange, awkward album. For someone who does not like Ceremony's angry side, this might be the album for you, but for the people who know Ceremony from Rhonert Park and before will not be happy.
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Not your old Ceremony. 18 Dec. 2012
By Adam G - Published on Amazon.com
This is nothing like Rohnert Park or Violence Violence. I was not a huge fan of either of those. Zoo is much more reminiscent of 80s hardcore. It's terrific. It reminds me of what I miss about hardcore.
Finally, a great punk album from the modern age 12 Jan. 2013
By Gary LaMountain - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the few albums (let alone one of the few punk albums) to really get me pumped every time I hear it. I've never been a huge fan of the hardcore stuff that makes up most of their earlier catalog, but this album is gold; love each song. Highly recommended.
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Fresh sound, totally punk. 11 April 2012
By bheikkila - Published on Amazon.com
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Ceremony has done it again. This is a great album. Musically and lyrically. Can't wait to see what they do next.
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