Zeus are an italian noise rock duo , bass and drums duo from Imola, who are heavily inspired by the likes of Lightning Bolt and The Locust. Infact they are on the former lead singer from the Locust, Justin Pearson’s label called Three One Gee. As far as I know this label has put out all of the bands out put in the UK and the US, although I might be wrong.
Motomonotono is the pairs 4th album to date, right from the off it is jammed packed with thick heavy, stodgy noise. It feels like Lightning Bolt on speed as you can feel the sonic intensity screaming from the speakers. Mixing atonal notes with short sharp stabs playing on heavy syncopated drums that sound tinnie yet really powerful.
The album is littered with abrasive distorted screams, which feel very feel very scratchy. There are points where the bass feels very symphonic, which breaks up the pace of the fractured break beats. There are some moments which you could draw comparisons to the likes of Wolves in The Throne Room, with their black metal inspired moments of progressive melody.
There is also something quite eerie within the production that the duo have taken with them, the interspersing moments of drawn out notes fitting in-between the driving power blasts and almost jagged krauty repetitive rhythms. It has an urgency that is as exhilarating as their live shows.
They have basically taken the template of bands like Lightning Bolt and The Locust and sonically expanded it, by taking in a greater range of progressions. There are some elements of Tool’s approach to instrumentation, with the whole multiplex of poly-rhythms, that make this record a colourful affair.