4/13/2005 - Review by: Frank Hill
Black Zodiac - Psychotic Hatred - 2004
Full band info is fairly non-existent with almost all the promo/website material based around female lead singer Mayelin. The CD cover is her in statuesque pose in front of some kind of orange, branchy hellscape. Calm and classically posed in all pictures she seems to be the sole image of the group, but her presence clashes for me with the song material and titles. She's the center of the hurricane and everything comes across as more personal catharsis with the band as an avenue for the violence appearently in her system and background.
The name Black Zodiac "represents all the different personalities of the zodiac, with the darkness behind them", but it feels like more of a clever idea than an incorporation into the sound on this release. I just don't see it in there. Musically, the CD is early death metal that's tight in rhythm, but it's not innovative in sound or structure. Mayelin's vocals range from growls that could use a deepening effect and cleaner singing that is frequently off-key.
Check them out if you're into old-school death and curious about what might be behind those eyes. Bottom Line: Black Zodiac needs more matter and less art.
Score: 5 of 10
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