ZEPHANIAH - STORIES FROM THE BOOK OF METAL (Independent)
For some, the album ‘Stories From The Book Of Metal’ might be completely outdated, for others, it will be a gem that relives the good old times of Heavy Metal. It all depends on your personal preference, but I had a great time listening to this American band that released their debut album in 2008. It’s all a bit unclear if this band is still active or split-up, as I have several different and contradictive information about Zephaniah. Fact is, the album was released as an independent release and now and then I wonder why some bands aren’t able to sign a contract. If you hear all the shit that is being released nowadays, it’s totally incomprehensive that talented bands fall outside the network. Anyway, Zephaniah can be proud and lofty on this output as the arrangements are a real enjoyment! The both guitar players Tyson Miller and Justin Zych (also Valhalla, Vindicator, Viking) are lifting the songs to unique heights and every track contains long drawn out guitar parts.
The start of the album has a cinematic beginning, but shortly after, we get furious and stirred guitar attacks, accompanied with a vocalist (Logan Detwiler) that doesn’t have a powerful throat, but who fits perfectly in the arrangements of the songs. A track like ‘Avenger Of Souls’ is bursting out with guitar duels at maximum speed, so keep your neck in shape as its time for serious headbanging! Something totally diverse is the track ‘Deep Breath’ where the lyrics handle about battles and ‘fights till dawn’, but a more powerful voice would increase the effect. Now it’s like all battle hymns are brought without the necessary force required. Luckily, ‘Sword Of The King’ is unleashing all dogs of hell as this neck-breaker takes almost 7 minutes and shows no mercy! On ‘Blackbeard’s Revenge’, we get an 8 minute trip, which results in a lot of breaks and twists and last but not least long guitar excesses.
The Zephaniah album contains incredible outstanding guitar attacks and I prefer the band when they execute their songs at high speed. Unfortunately, there are also a few songs that don’t reach the average level (e.g. ‘Fight For Love’), but let’s consider this as a resting point for what’s to come. If the band still exists, I would like to hear new material as the material on this disc is already +6 years old, so I guess that the members of Zephaniah evolved through the years, and that’s what makes me curious. My interest is piqued, so it’s time to move on with new material, isn’t it? Stay True! Stay Epic! Stay Metal! https://www.facebook.com/zephaniahmetal
My rating: 83 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish