Some people have a cold shower, others have a mint tea or a cold glass of lemonade, but when it comes to refreshment all the Mighty Machine Steve needs is some growling German metal from a group of hungry young rockers ready to rip your ears off, bring on the ZAR…
Doing this job can become a bit like Groundhog day, just the same shit over and over again, usually people who have read our reviews and think we’ll like what they do because it’s similar, but it isn’t, it’s just shit. Then once in a while, by a chance conversation you get to hear a real gem, a piece of work that has been lovingly put together by people who just love what they do and have a passion for great rock, Black and White Magic is one of those gems and by god does it fucking sparkle.
In a sea of financial uncertainty sweeping across Europe, ZAR have come out of German with fists pumping and vocal chords screaming, saying bollocks to anything in their way to produce a debut album that consists of nine songs of writing and performing class worthing of stage time supporting any of the big names. Kim, Klaus, Larson and Bill throw a hundred percent into every song, leaving nothing in the reserves and that is the difference between this album and some of the more over-produced rubbish I’ve been sent, it’s passion and love for the genre that shines through, it’s not the cleanest cut album in the world but it doesn’t need to be, it’s great music that doesn’t need to be fiddled with.
The two stand-out tracks for me are Parachute and Electrolyte, the former for it’s unbridled, raw, rage and the latter for it’s complexity and dramatic change of pace, having said that you could easily listen to this album the whole way through and not be able to pick a favourite, each track is as great as the next, climbing into your brain and kicking the living shit out of it all day long.
I say well done guys for a great job, looking forward to seeing you guys in the UK soon. Catch up with ZAR on their website or on Facebook. For now here is a video of them performing, keep it here at The Black Flag for more updates.