Zeta Factory [Release date 27.05.15]
When is an EP not an EP? In the case of this one it’s the addition of a 10 track live album that pushes it into album territory and makes this release a good value for money release. Oh, and there is also a live DVD included as well for those who felt the 10 live tracks weren’t enough of a bonus!
So plenty to get your teeth into here and things get off to a good start with the EP part of the release. Here you are treated to three newly recorded tracks, ‘Breaking Down’, the title track ‘Make Your Stand’ and ‘Breathing Heart’. All tracks are good quality alt-rock with a big nod in the direction of Creed and Alterbridge, in fact Mark Tremonti is cited as one of the band’s main influences.
Big riffs, strong melodies and the odd reflective guitar part all lend the songs a quality air. Best of the bunch is ‘Breathing Heart’ which is a slower, brooding number with plenty of atmosphere. For me these tracks show a good progression from their last album, ‘Black Snow’.
‘Black Snow’ is well represented in the live album section of the release as it features all four singles released from the disc. The live numbers were recorded in Trezzo in Italy as was the accompanying DVD. Listening to the live tracks after the newly recorded numbers you can hear a bit of a direction change in the band’s music as their first two albums had more of a prog metal edge. The live tracks show that the band can also cut it on stage as well as in the studio, sometimes the two don’t always go together.
There is plenty to like in this package and it provides a great introduction to a band with plenty of talent and one who appear to be making changes for the better. Well worth checking out no matter whether it’s an LP or an EP! ***1/2
Review by David Wilson
The latest Facebook Live session from Canadian singer-songwriter Josh Taerk was streamed on Sunday 22 November.
More about Josh: http://getreadytorock.me.uk/blog/?s=%22Josh+Taerk%22
David Randall presents a weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sundays at 22:00 BST (GMT+1, repeated on Mondays and Fridays), when he invites listeners to ‘Assume The Position’. This show was first broadcast on 15 November 2020.
UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 ( BST, GMT+1) as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 17 November 2020
Listen in to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio…
Click the appropriate icons at the top of the page.
Featured Albums w/c 23 November (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 JEFF SCOTT SOTO Wide Awake (In My Dreamland) (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 LAZARUS DREAM Alive (Pride & Joy Music)
14:00-16:00 RONAN FURLONG The King Of Leaves (Thoroughbred Music)
Power Plays w/c 23 November (Mon-Fri)
L.A. GUNS All That You Are (Golden Robot Records)
THE DUST CODA Limbo Man (Earache)
EBBA BERGKVIST & THE FLAT TIRE BAND 68 Twin (indie)
IRON SAVIOR Souleater (AFM Records)
IVY GOLD This Is My Time (indie)
Tweets by Get Ready to ROCK!