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Not very pleased
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.