Album Review

Zolar X – “Timeless ” – [Alternative Tentacles]

Max Level   1/6/2006   A Library, CD

Incredible stuff! Zolar X were a mid-70s – early 80s LA band who bridged the gap between Ziggy-era Bowie (they lived, breathed, and sang about outer space) and classic punk-pop (check the energy). Their music back in the day, compiled on this CD, was aggressive hard rock with ambitious arrangements. The band is a total ass-kicker, especially Flying-V lead guitarist Ygarr Ygarrist who can shred with the best. Vocals are up in the higher registers, sometimes so high I suspect helium may be involved. Songs are mostly short, with the exception of a few “suites” (#10, 19, & 20) that stretch out and cover a lot of territory. The band was never hugely successful; their story seems to be one of setbacks, missed opportunities, and never fitting in with any scene. However, this CD is a revelation. I was aware of this band when they were around the first time, but had no idea they were this good. I’m happy to note that they’re playing together again, and appear to be as strong as ever. Play this, you rockers!

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