Over the years, I’ve enjoyed watching Zoroaster shift, expand, and complicate their sound. In 2006, writing about their first demo (reissued by Blake Judd’s Battle Kommand), I said: “Atlanta’s Zoroaster have something very EyeHateGod about their Sleepy, southern-fried sustain.” Dog Magic — which made it to 20 on my 2007 year-end list — found the guys experimenting with texture. As I wrote then, “they wove Moog, Theremin, brass, and hella more psychedelia into their doom.” (That, and the 13-minute “Tualatin.”) They were still digging into 10+ minute songs on last year’s Voice Of Saturn, which is just one reason why the Sanford Parker-produced Matador is so arresting: Dudes are still-doomy and psychedelic, but they’ve also become a crusty, bluesy rock ‘n’ roll band. With a few three-minute jams. With hooks. And it works! Get introduced via Matador‘s third track, “Odyssey.” The clip was directed by Chad Rullman, who also handled Mastodon’s “March Of The Fire Ants” and “Iron Tusk,” among others. He took a fairly straightforward (and shadowy) live approach with “Odyssey.” As he told us:
Zoroaster is my favorite ATL metal band and I’ve been dying to work with them. Their shows are monstrous, and with this video I really wanted to capture the essence of the Zoroaster live experience.
Have at it:
For the weekend:
Matador is out 7/13 via E1. If you want some more sounds, take a listen to “Black Hole” at BV. I’ve caught them half a dozen times– they’re definitely a mesmerizing live band. See for yourself: Zoroaster are on the road with HTC favorites Black Tusk and ultra heavy duo Dark Castle.
07/01 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
07/02 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
07/03 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
07/04 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
07/06 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
07/07 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House
07/08 – Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st St. Pub
07/09 – New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
07/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Khyber
07/11 – Harrisonburg, VA @ The Blue Nile
07/17 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl