Parisian rockers, Furious Zoo, are a project put together by frontman Renaud Hantson back in 1991. This is the band’s sixth album which did surprise me as the name was new to me. The guys master in decent melodic rock with Renaud out front pulling all the trademark rockstar moves ( there is a ‘bootleg’ live DVD which accompanies the album in case you are in any doubt).
The band can certainly play and they also know how to write catchy songs. The album though tends to be a bit hit and miss but when they hit the mark on tracks like the title track, ‘Wock N’ Woll’, they prove themselves more than deserving of your attention. Guitarist Michael Zurita knows his way around a fret board and shines throughout. He is especially outstanding on the Journey- like track ‘Higher’ which has a great hook and a soaring chorus.
There are a few slower, ballad-like numbers which were a bit too sugary and schmaltzy for my taste, I could image a very earnest performance from Renaud on these songs when played live. The other number that for me is well wide of the mark is the acoustic version of Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ which is a brave attempt that ultimately falls flat.
I am not too sure how popular the guys are in their native land but I can understand why after 5 albums they still have a low profile. This is a good album with some impressive tracks, but by no means an essential purchase. If you are in Paris and see one of their gigs advertised you could do worse than pop along, I wouldn’t go too far out of my way though.
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In this show, first broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 2 February 2020, David Randall plays a selection of tracks from some of the artists who impressed at this year’s Giants Of Rock event in Minehead (24-27 January).
Featured Albums w/c 17 February (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 NEWMAN Ignition (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 BLACK SWAN Shake The World (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 CORMAC O CAOIMH Swim Crawl Walk Run (indie)
Power Plays w/c 17 February (Mon-Fri)
SHAKRA Turn The Light On (AFM Records)
THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Transmissions (Nuclear Blast)
RYDERS CREED Lost Soul (Off Yer Rocka Recordings)
FRAMING HANLEY Puzzle Pieces (Thermal Entertainment LLC)
ROBERT HART Mysterious (Escape Music)
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