band, which is very different under many aspects and which is unique and
absolutely origin in its way.
First of all the
band name: Zatokrev. This is Czech and means “blood for that”. But
most important of all is of course the music of the Basler trio: It’s
really not easy to describe Zatokrev’s sound to somebody who never
heard anything of the band before. Slow, heavy and deep Metal-riffs,
almost Doom-like, merge with pounding rhythms, fragile, desperated and
also sad melodies and an absolutely insane, sick and hysteric-aggressive
screaming voice. There are also elements from Hardcore and Noise, and
this mixture seems to be never heard before, the only bands I could
compare with Zatokrev are perhaps Neurosis and Disbelief.
symbiosis of these contrary elements like deep, heavy brutality and
beautiful, desperate, gentle melodies, Zatokrev create a very own world,
which is surreal and a real world at the same time. By the way, the
texts are in English and Czech and they aren’t just inventions of
Frederyk, no, they are about real feelings and thoughts.
guitar riffs of Frederyk seem to be simple after the first look or
better listening, but if you really get into the sound of Zatokrev, you
will remark that the riffs are very deep, heavy and brutal, but at the
same time also melodic and full of emotions.
debut-album of Zatokrev was recorded in the band’s rehersal-room (and
mixed in the Mega Peng studio in Basel), the sound is extremely fat,
full and voluminous, so you can easy hear every instrument, also the
bass of Marco, who is also responsible for the good fitting, variable
and effective samples and for the backing vocals. Silvio on the drums is
most precise, full of ability, hypnotic and the drums just sound great
(without any triggering). With their music, Zatokrev travel through the
abysses of the human psyche. Impressing.
on “Zatokrev” also contain a calming clean voice which underlines
the obscure touch of the sound. Of course there aren’t any blastbeats,
but slow-motion-banging is also good from time to time. Also, there
aren’t any “real” highlights, every song is a highlights itself on
a very high and very intensive level, every song is an own world for
itself, and songs like “… Zato Krev”
which is 10 minutes long or the 15-minutes-epos “Fourem”
show new details with every listening. Great art indeed.
As a very
special bonus, the album contains a video-clip of the titletrack, which
shows the band in action and which is like the band: Intensive, surreal,
psychic, moving and impressing.
you like uncommon Metal, you HAVE to listen to “Zatrokrev”.