Zenith II Zero
Review by JD on July 18, 2009.
Another old school styled album flies onto my radar, and lands right into my lap. Lets see if this album can hold water for the NWOTM (New Wave Of Traditional Metal) movement and prove even more that what it has that old school is not obsolete.
At first glance, you see the bands name...Prodigal Earth... is a pretty unique sort of handle. You immediately think that the group that has this name is being beyond the literal term for pretentious as all yet you will instantly be intrigued at the same time. That is why you will, like me... press the play button on your CD player.
What you have here boys and girls is Black Sabbath mixed with Iron Maiden and they are all on very high doses of steroids... that is what comes to mind right off to describe what this band is setting out to do. Massively heavy yet melodic riffs collide inside your mind like a demolition derby jacked up with rocket fuel... and then it mercilessly assault your soul as it thunders throughout your senses. It comes across like a concussion bomb... it does not leave any marks to the naked eye, but it ends up really scrambling your giblets.
Musically tighter than most bands today, they come at you with fire and the certain non-learnable thing called attitude. They describe themselves on their MYSPACE© page as Iron Maiden on drugs. What the band sounds like is not far from a self expressed truth here... but they still sound damned good. My favourite Prodigal Earth song on the album has to be 'Lonely Gods'... one of those tunes that seem to really stick in my head.
This is just great music by a great band. I hope to hear more about this Cyprus based band in the future... because they just have some great music and have potential to be even better.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 7.8 out of 10