CD review ZARRAZA ‘Rotten Remains’

Without offending anyone, I think most people know Kazakhstan from international football matches. However, metalheads should not only see Kazakhstan as a deliverer of scoring points for World Cup- and European Championship qualifications (the team plays actually quite well). There is also a Heavy Metal scene in Kazakhstan, but releases rarely find their way to Europe and/or North America. That’s why I would like to draw your attention today to a band that certainly deserves to be listened to. Zarraza is the name of the band and ‘Rotten Remains’ is their current record. Well, the songs on ‘Rotten Remains’ are not really new, but that certainly doesn’t lower the quality.

The eight songs on ‘Rotten Remains’ are re-recordings of songs from the first two demos and the tracks are really good. Zarraza play Thrash Metal and they do this with a vehemence that impresses. ‘Rotten Remains’ has the impetuousness of the early Sepultura, the riff power of the early Machine Head and the whole package is enriched with vocals, that alternate between screams, singing and growls. Listening to ‘Rotten Remains’ makes you feel like you’re back in the early days of Thrash Metal when bands released albums to play live and not to make a living out of it. The latter is not meant in a negative way, but it limits the creative freedom and requires compromises. Zarraza can do without these compromises and I could imagine that the guys, during their concerts, shake the foundations of various clubs. If you want to have a look beyond the usual and broaden your Metal horizon, I can recommend Zarraza’s ‘Rotten Remains’. It’s definitely worth it.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. XAOC
  2. Bullets & Beliefs
  3. Zombie Kids
  4. The Grudge
  5. Bulldozer
  6. Failed Apoclypse
  7. If I was Satan
  8. Wrrong Song

Label: Self-released

Genre: Modern Thrash Metal

Release Date: November 29th, 2019

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