Zu Carboniferous

Zu Carboniferous
Blasting with all the ethos of some of the heaviest of metal, but with a strong leaning towards free-form jazz freak-outs, Italian trio Zu's Carboniferous is an impressive debut on Mike Patton's Ipecac label. And just as you would expect from a Patton protégé band, Zu slaughter conventional genre labelling by blending powerful riffs and pounding drums with atmospheric noise and avant-garde musicianship with just bass, drums and a saxophone. From start to finish, the album rolls out like a juggernaut of savage musicianship, creating instrumental rage with a touch of abstraction. Wholly innovative, proudly experimental and vastly unique, Zu pound out a non-stop onslaught of powerful punk metal noise free-jazz that stops on a dime and then starts right back up again without a second to catch your breath. Carboniferous is an incredible album that grabs you right from the opening blasts of sound and continues to crush you mercilessly to the very end. (Ipecac)