Album Review

Zu – “Way of the Animal Powers, the ” – [Xeng]

Thurston Hunger   9/22/2005   A Library, CD

Amazing how many bruises this album leaves on you after only
25+ minutes. Italian heavy hitters this time collaborate with
Fred Lonberg-Holm. The title is inspired by a Joseph Campbell
book; the myth explored here is that of the saxaphone snake
that slinked into the Garden of Rock, and convinced Adam and
Eve (that’s us listeners) to abandon our prejudice favoring
only the guitar as the chosen instrument. While they’ve
connected to Chicago before via Spaceways, Inc, this time
Lonberg-Holm followed the every road leading to Rome, and
brought with him a sizzling amplified cello. This band is
so heavy, so cohesive, so potent. Simply one of the best rock
bands going today bar none… Massimo delivers damaged yet
fortified bass at the same time, Luca Tomasso’s sax is the
flaming totem, but this time out is was Jacopo’s drums that
really caught my ear, and damn well tore it off. He even
offers exuberant vocals on the closing number. (There’s also
spoken words about Monte Cazzaza on the lead-off track.)

Zu Haiku Zu True
Zu Bruises Zu Zu Be Do
Zu Sax Drums Bass Zu

you heard it 28 times on kfjc! most recently:
bill says

zu rule. If you're into weird metal, the path ends -- for now -- at zu.
Is there any way to download their performance from yesterday? I was unable to listen. I'd be willing to become a contributor for access to a downloadable file. I just learned about KFJC a few days ago from a reference on Aquarius. Help me, please!


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