Saturday, September 21, 2013

"black n roll" 2: Zud (U.S.)

Zud (U.S.): The Good, the Bad, and the Damned (self-release)
Hypothetically, this is how Zud became a band.
The bassist, drummer and vocalist—all Darkthrone maniacs—live in a small town and could not find a black metal guitarist. The only person they knew was that kid who always wears Lynyrd Skynyrd t-shirts. He joined the band and he can play the black metal riffs, but he often forgets that he’s in a black metal band, and breaks out with hippy rock bluesy solos and melodies.
They decided not to kick him out (he’s the only game in town, remember?). Zud can necro black metal like any other cave black metal band, but they do the hippy rock sounds because, well, that’s just the way life sometimes is. It’s still lots of black metal, but with old rock/bluesy solos and segments. At “extreme” metal shows—when a band says, “Our next song is called…”—there’s sometimes a funny person who shouts “Free Bird!” and people laugh.
Well, Zud sounds capable of busting into that Lynyrd Skynyrd song, although, as you can imagine, it will be “necro-psychedelic” “Free Bird.”

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