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The album begins with “0101001001001100,” a short space-like intro of otherworldly sounds that opens the way for “Volatile.” This is when the album gives listeners the first of many punches right to the solar plexus. The influence of Seattle grunge is evident, but there is an edge to Robotic Lunch’s delivery that makes their sound unclassifiable. Melodic rock with heavier bursts that will delight headbangers, Robotic Lunch has caught our attention. “Circles” begins with a vocal delivery that is a bit unconventional and may bring to mind Maynard James Keenan of Tool. In fact, the entire song has undertones of Tool, with its staccato guitar rhythm, dark vibe and vocal patterns. Listeners will get a greater appreciation for the vocal talent of Robotic Lunch as well as their musicianship and creative diversity during this piece.
“Seen Enough” rocks it with screaming guitar work and strong vocals and then the pace slows significantly into a sweet melody that will have legions of fans swaying back and forth. This will be the piece that everyone wants to see performed live and it will endear itself to the hearts of listeners. The sound production is also brought to the attention during this track and this is when the listener will give a nod to producer Matt Grady. “Richard Ball” begins with a bang as Bob Little on drums shows us what he’s got. Accompanying him with precision, Chris Fleming and his bass set the bar high. Lee Aldridge’s guitar work is nothing short of inspiring and the vocals are delivered with confident ease. A solid offering throughout, this track has a hard rocking feel to it with a punk twist. The gentlemen of Robotic Lunch have just given listeners their signature song.
Zangief rocks onward with “Nothing There,” a track with a definitive Alice in Chains flavor to it. The vocal delivery is drawn out, much like Layne Staley performed, and there is a sense of recklessness to this song, but not in the composition or instrumentation. It’s more of a vibe that this band is giving off while performing this piece. A “live fast and die young” sensation. The lyrics are well-written and expertly sung, and the musicianship makes it clear that there is an abundance of talent within this collective. “Onandon” is another killer hard rock piece that would have no problem standing on its own. This song also has an Alice in Chains feel to it, but there is also a bit of punk happening here and more of that sense of reckless abandon. This will, without a doubt, be a fan favorite, and when Robotic Lunch perform live, this song will be what the fans clamor for. They will happily mosh themselves to death and love every minute of it.
“That’s What They Say” is the obligatory slow song and it begins with graceful acoustic guitar work. The vocals come in thoughtful and melodic cadences that showcase the artistic delivery that Robotic Lunch is capable of. The rhythm of this track is soothing and the lyrics are comforting. This piece is elegant and simple, which shows a side to this band that was otherwise unknown. They sound just as good stripped down as they do performing balls-to-the-wall rock. The album closes with “Fossils,” which begins slow and serene, with sing-song vocals. Then the bass kicks in as a prelude to the extraordinary chaos that Robotic Lunch exits with. From slow and rhythmic to fast and frantic, the closing track encompasses everything this band is capable of. Zangief is an album of extremes and Robotic Lunch carry their art not on their shoulders and not on their backs. They carry it in their hands, ready to throw it into the faces of legions of music lovers who simply can’t get enough.
Review by Rhonda Readence
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)