As if one Zedi Forder album was not enough to be excited over, the trio has a second to grip attention in the shape of Judgement; though this is an entirely different proposition to explore, a twin project going by the name of Zedi Forder Superium. Self-described as “The sledgehammer to Zedi Forder’s scalpel; two sides of the same coin,” this openly unique alter-ego is a far fiercer trespass on the senses and imagination, a fury of sound and thought which soon proved just as striking and compelling as its counterpart.
Whereas the second Zedi Forder album, Isolation, exposed and explored “a sense of feeling separate and apart from the various communities and industry elements that dominate most of the music world”, Zedi Forder Superium takes on the whole world and its corruptions and toxicity which the Woking, UK hailing trio of drummer/vocalist and primary song writer Chris Kerley, guitarist Wayne Clifford, and bassist Rich Tomsett describe as “a fury from the voice of a calculating arbiter that looks to right the wrongs of the world, of all scopes and sizes, one at a time”.
As a mechanical toned voice casts accusations and lyrical reprisals across Judgement, there is something of The Day the Earth Stood Still meets V for Vendetta to the character of the album while musically it is bred in the varied metal and raw rock instincts of the band. As the opening Anthem Of Justice reveals it is an inclination which does not deter melodic enterprise and bold imagination. Instantly the track is buzzing around ears, its hornet like riffs harrying the senses and a quickly formed appetite as beats jab and its bassline weaves. That machine-like vocal incitement is swiftly in the centre of the creative dispute, staggering its potent challenge as Kerley’s predacious rhythms dance. Equally bass and guitar share certain rapacity in their touch and enterprise, the combination as varied in flavour as it is barbarous in touch.
Wherefore Art Thou follows, its initial attack Skindred like but soon stalking the listener with its own bold intensity, style, and a swing which had us bouncing. Alongside the mechanical proclamation, Kerley aligns his own distinctive melodic tones; that seemingly the spark to increased imagination and diversity within the song which by now bears at times a bit of an Anti-Clone like hue.
Next up is Knock Knock and immediately it nags ears with riff wired temptation, an accompanying trespass tempered by floating harmonies and melody bred grooves though they in turn are preyed upon by a virulence of voracious rhythms and the sonic toxicity of the guitar. The track is as irresistible as those before it, proving even easier to be greedy over while Fight Evil With Intolerance is almost sermon like in its rise and injurious in its intent yet, as within all tracks, proves a supportive and rousing incitement physically and provocatively.
As Slippery Slope entangles ears and imagination in its remorseless intimation and implacable dynamics, only tightening its grip across striking twists and devious turns, and Noisy pushes all the right buttons with barbarous and ruthless prowess, Judgement only confirmed its impressive and addictive presence, Awake backing both up in creative kind. It too prowls and stalks the listener, a sonic predator embroiled in the voracious instincts of groove and alternative metal but wrapped in a progressive veil of fertility.
Completed by the melodic melancholy and shadow escaping sure hand of Quell My Beating Heart, beauty shimmering off every surface it bears, Judgement was total captivation. Easily fans will know its source from the craft and songwriting behind it and Kerley’s distinct tones yet the album and indeed Zedi Forder Superium itself has risen to find uniqueness amidst inescapable dominance.
Judgement exclusively released May 11th @ https://tricore.bandcamp.com/ with a “PAY WHAT YOU LIKE” pricing.
Pete RingMaster 14/05/2020
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