(7/10) ZOAX found a way of making music exciting. There sound is actually quite melodic rock/metal that acts like a foundation for each of the 12 songs on "ZOAX". In order to not make things too catchy and too much mainstream-like the guys add some aggressive shouts and screams to their sound, combined with alternative metal guitar riffs. This is the common denominator for all tracks on this longplayer and it gives zOAX a certain own identity.
All this sounds already like an interesting combination, but the guys wanted to go even one step further. If you listen to the opener you will find all the mentioned with the addition of some relaxed sequences that have an lounge music approach.
Or take "ZuperHeroez" where rough vocals meets a gently singing guitar that has a kind of reggae expression.
The spectra of sound collages is getting even wider with "The Wave, a number that is a more melodic post-rock song, something that still fits into the sound costume of ZOAX.
I think that the guys from London recorded a well done album that is breaking the chains of being stuck in a certain genre. In this sense it is crossover what ZOAX is doing, just different from what normally falls under this category. The disc has a wide range of influences by still coming across as being one solid unit. I like this album and I like the approach, even though they could streamline things a bit more in the future. However, a good album of an ambitious band.
- The Bad Blood
- Devil Dance
- Roses All the Way
- Fly High
- The Wave
- Good Times
- King and Queen
- Alive in Sound
Label: Century Media
Genre: Alternative Rock
Release Date EU: May 13th, 2016