Matador CD (2010)

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With Matador, Zoroaster dares to defy genre-classification and proves that the band’s formidable reputation precedes it for a reason. Produced and engineered by Sanford Parker at Glow in the Dark Studios and The Living Room Recording in Atlanta, GA and mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room in Chicago, IL, Matador is a magnetic tour-de-force, blending vivid rhythms and radiance with the band’s classic use of dynamics and power. Creative, distinct, graceful and strong, Matador features the traits of a benchmark release. From the cosmic march of album opener “D.N.R.” through to the leviathan-like closing title track, it is immediately evident that Zoroaster have joined friends – and fellow Atlanta natives – Mastodon and new label mates High on Fire as a unit determined to push modern heavy music into new and uncharted realms.

Zoroaster's heady mix of mammoth metal and psychotropic shoegaze has seen the trio hailed as "one of the U.S.'s most promising metal bands" and it has receiving shining praise for its explosive power, intriguing mysticism and unique take on heavy music. Summoned by the mighty sludge of The Melvins, the mysticism of Celtic Frost and the nihilistic blues of Black Sabbath, ZOROASTER formed in 2003 out of “the need for sedation by high volumes and low frequencies". The band immediately began creating devastating, dirge-ridden doom that erupted into heavyweight grooves and transcendental musical atmospheres. Zoroaster's early sound was compared to "having 10,000 ton granite slabs dropped on your head from a height of several miles"

Specifications

Label Koch Imports
SKU 216543672
UPC 099923207627
UPC 14 00099923207627
Format CD
Release Date 7/13/2010
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Author Zoroaster
Technical Info
Engineer Ed Rawls; Sanford Parker
Producer Sanford Parker
CatalogID 2076
Lable Name E1 Entertainment
Released 07/13/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 44m : 51s
UPC 00099923207627
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Will Fiore (vocals, guitar); Brent Anderson (vocals); Dan Scanlan (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixers: Zoroaster; Sanford Parker.
Recording information: Glow In The Dark Studios; The Living Room Recording, Atlanta, GA.
Photographer: Kevin Griggs.
Bands that favor "vintage metal sounds" have certainly become increasingly more prominent in the early 21st century. In other words, bands that rock vintage gear, have seriously studied the first six Black Sabbath albums, and -- for the most part -- look like something out of 1973 image-wise. And this description certainly fits Zoroaster. Hailing from Atlanta, GA, Zoroaster like to call their style "psych metal," and after taking in their sophomore full-length, 2010's Matador, there's no denying the unmistakable trippy elements they inject into their metallic crunch. And that's not to say that Matador is a retro-fest from beginning to end, as tunes such as "Trident" include some unmistakable modern touches, such as the distorted, Al Jourgensen-esque lead vocal effects. Musically, however, such hard and heavy standouts as "D.N.R." and "Ancient Ones" are obviously rooted in the era of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. And despite only featuring three bandmembers (singer/guitarist Will Fiore, bassist/singer Brent Anderson, and drummer/percussionist Dan Scanlan), it's pretty darn impressive how a trio can create such a mammoth sound, as the lads certainly make some serious air move out of your speakers throughout Matador. While there's no denying that this fast-rising outfit is similar in its approach and sonics to such respected acts as Mastodon and the Melvins (specifically the slow yet potent guitar riff sludge), the overall "hugeness" that Zoroaster create is impressive -- especially when you consider how early they are into their career. ~ Greg Prato
Disc 1
1 D.N.R.
2 Ancient Ones
3 Odyssey
4 Trident
5 Firewater
6 Old World
7 Black Hole
8 Odyssey II
9 Matador
Product Attributes
Artist Zoroaster
Label Koch Imports
Music Format Compact Disc

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