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First of all, I had to know what the
fuck "Zoroaster" was...turns out he was this ancient
Iranian prophet who founded Zoroastrianism, (or
Parsiism, as it is known in India), which was
the national religion of the Sassanian Empire of Persia
a hell of a long time ago. He was also believed to be
connected with occult knowledge and magical practices
in the Near Eastern and Mediterranean world in the
Hellenistic Age (c. 300 BC-c. AD 300). This band just
got a little more interesting...
Zoroaster, (the band) hail from Atlanta, GA, and this
happens to be their debut EP. Right away you notice
that it sounds like you're in a room with a massive wall
of amps blowing waves of sonic doom into your face. This
is very noticeable on the 11+ minute monster "Defile"
that closes out this 4 song EP. The songs have a nice
slow drag to them, nothing you can't keep up with if
you're really, really high, and I bet that's no accident.
These guys have an obvious affection for Sleep and Black
Sabbath, and that's a good thing. The vocals are usually
of the "cookie monster" variety, with the more upbeat
"Bullwhip" being an exception. "Honey and Salt" is
straight out of the book of Sleep-style doom classics...
Reviewed by: Wolfie