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Zlang Zlut - Zlang Zlut

Zlang Zlut
Zlang Zlut
by Daniel Fox at 27 June 2014, 8:26 PM

'Electric Cello' is not a typing error. This Hard Rock band out of Switzerland, featuring two musical veterans, utilizes an electric cello in place of a guitar. The product: a chugging, melodic, mature and strangely exotic selection of artistic pieces. ZLANG ZLUT are nothing short of interesting.

"Rock it Down" opens the album. It began with a catchy 'guitar' riff, full of oozing grooves, yet I noticed the tone had an unusual twang to it. Beat is indeed bowing the strings of an electric cello, a method of displaying rock music almost totally unheard. It is remarkably effectives, capable of not only rich melodies, but sufficiently chunky and crunchy chugs. "Mad" is one of my favorites, exuding a down-to-earth and lively atmosphere, stripped down to bare basics. It is deceptively simple, standalone, but it is executed with a remarkable sense of songwriting and lyrical delivery; Fran's voice is properly heavy, but with powerful melodic enunciations, not too unlike MEATLOAF.

Not at all refraining from adventurous arrangements, "Through Your Hands" is an intriguing output of what appears to be powerful Progressive influences. To me, it derives from the likes of LED ZEPPELIN and PINK FLOYD, with unorthodox arrangements, complicated melodic sequences, and a stunning, technically brilliant and emotive vocal delivery. The playing of the cello is centrifugal, and nothing short of this instrument could have met the same standards in creating this track. "Pretend" is, at times, the heaviest track on the record, showing an even more significant willingness to demonstrate songwriting ambition. Aside from the technical, groove-heavy 'riffs', the majority of the track is… Excuse my colloquialism, 'trippy'. Half of the track is an extensive, overdriven cello solo that swamps the track in eerie dissonance.

ZLANG ZLUT is easily one of the strangest Rock outfits I have ever heard, but for good reasons. Let's be realistic; when does one hear an electric cello on a Rock album?

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Rock it Down
2. Flood
3. Danger
4. Mad
5. Through Your Hands
6. Pretend
7. Let it Go
8. Raptor
9. Out On Time
Lineup:
Fran Lorkovic – Drums, Vocals
Beat Schneider – Electric Cello
Record Label: Czar of Crickets Productions
     


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