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on 15 May 2015
I've been an admittedly fair-weather fan of Zico Chain for years now; since a friend of mine who went to Download 2007 bought 'Food' as a result of seeing them play.

I don't think anyone can really call 'Food' anything but a great album in terms of what it sets out to achieve, and accomplishes; big sludgy guitar, angular riffs that actually do something interesting with relatively few notes, and the vocals that really compliment everything with their raw pissed-off-ness.

Trouble is, after picking up this particular album, hoping it'd be a progression of this great streak of true murk and dirt they'd carved for themselves, they seem to have turned into an 'Emo' style band about 6 years too late for the craze.

Might just be my view on it, but the feeling I get from hearing (and seeing, sadly) this stuff played is that the band have been snatched up by some particularly out of touch record producer who insisted they ditch their nastier elements in favour of what he still assumed was radio-friendly; unfortunately the result is an album full of the kind of tropes anyone growing up in the early 2000s would instantly recognise as that polarizing 'Emo' tag the sounds are known for; group vocals, octave-heavy guitar riffs and solos, self-pitying but overtly 'you can do it!' lyrics, and so forth. Just leaves a bad taste in the mouth (no pun intended) for anyone who enjoyed 'Food' and, I can only imagine, re-hashes most every trope of mid-2000s Alt-rock you can think of.

I hope these guys carry on, because if 'Food' wasn't a fluke they've got a seriously good thing going with that sound; otherwise, the only similarities they really have with their late 80s/early 90s muses is releasing a very good sophomore album before abruptly destroying themselves.
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on 18 October 2012
Zico Chain is the kind of nice surprise you may come across: somebody recommended them to me, and I immediately thought these guys were quite good. So I went for the album: "The Devil In Your Heart" is the kind of album that you listen from the start to the end, and at the end of it you find yourself surprised by just how good it is, and start listening again in order to understand where that feeling came from. These guys have real passion, and you feel it. Check them out: listen with an open mind and give them a chance.
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on 2 July 2012
Ive followed this band since they played Get in the ring for Rocksound. I really enjoyed their set and went to their gig in my local area. These guys were brilliant live, they were great after the show chatting to fans and just enjoying themselves while on tour.
This is there 2nd full length album after the first self titled EP. I believe they have grown their sound, This album is very passionate and i believe more uplifting. I think the band have really worked hard on this album with great hits like "new romantic" and "more to life".
I dont think labeling a band "emo" because they have passion in their music is a great choice this is a heavy rock band with many different things about them which make them fresh and different.

Great album, great band and also brilliant live.
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on 18 July 2013
I bought this after seeing Zico Chain support Steve Harris' (Iron Maiden) other band - "British Lion" at O2 Academy, Islington. I could have got a signed CD on the night, but picked it up from Amazon instead the next day.

Zico Chain really should make it big. They've got a huge amount of talent, excellent tracks and what seems like bags of enthusiasm. They are supporting Iron Maiden at The O2 Arena on 4th August 2013 which should give them a massive boost! Touring around the UK in September, I'll try and see them at one of the smaller venues.

Don't expect Melody Maker-esque reviews from me. Just listen to the previews on Amazon and make your own mind up.
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on 2 December 2012
from the second they came on stage as the first of two support bands for Halestorm I was blown away. Normally I enjoy support bands but am eagerly awaiting the main act, in this case however I didn't want them to stop and cannot wait to see them again. One of the best bands around at the moment, if you haven't checked them out, they are a finely balanced cocktail of heavy, melody, a bit of sparkle and oh my god that voice <3
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on 15 October 2012
I would describe this album as a British take on the modern evolution of grunge rock. The album has a great depth to it showing that the band just as capable of producing heavy riff and vocal based songs such as "Evasion", which could be off the Dysfunction album by Staind, yet songs such as "New Romantic" which have great acoustic guitar sections.

If you like either: Breaking Benjamin, Staind or Chevelle then this band is for you.
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on 23 June 2012
After buying Zico Chain's epically grungey debut album, 'Food', and loving it, I had high hopes for this new one.
It kicks off in classic Chain form, with brutally heavy and fantastic 'Evasion'.
Unfortunately this is the only satisfying moment on the album.
Every other track feels like they really tried too hard to sound like something they are not. That being, an 'emo' metal band swamped in cliche.
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