AMERICAN BLACK METAL
8/10 – JAROD LAWLEY
With ZUD for a band, no one would blame you for looking at the front cover and not having the slightest idea what to expect. The word “zud” is Mongolian, roughly translating to English as: a particularly snowy and cold winter, one in which many livestock animals are killed by the cold, slightly more metal than you expected? The album however, maybe slightly more odd than you expected. This is without a doubt a nasty black thrash attack, but certainly with more of a blues rock sensibility than we are used to in this magical sub-genre of extreme metal. The US four piece are one of the few bands amongst their ilk to avoid cliches completely, rather than to drown themselves in them. Lyrical themes are interesting and unique, touching on themes of the stars, insanity and spiritual traveling. The whole album is a dynamic and wholesome affair, but the scathing influences of Aura Noir always steer things well away from pretentiousness. Not to be missed.