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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Review: Zygnema - What Makes Us Human Makes Us Obsolete


Zygnema is a 4 piece groove heavy thrash metal band from India – Mumbai.
They have been playing together since 2006 and have released 1 album so far.

Zygnema is already pretty big considering that ‘What makes us human makes us obsolete’ is only their 2nd album. They have been called what the love child of Meshuggah and Pantera and that of course is a HUGE compliment. And that first band, Meshuggah, has also sent it’s praises in Zygnema’s direction. Meshuggah drummer Tomas Haake had the following to say about Zygnema drummer Mayank: No bullshit type drumming. Intricate drumming, with awesome kick and snare patterns.

The album starts off with a prelude, a sound that makes you feel a little bit uneasy, and after about a minute the song starts and it’s a good one. It’s the title track and feels aggressive, has great vocals and drumming and on point riffs. I immediately feel like headbanging so that’s always good!

The second song feels a bit more Meshuggah-ish because of the cool rhythm in it (they do this throughout the whole album).

You can hear they have put a lot of time and effort in these song and after the third song another prelude comes on, this one takes even longer (1:33). It’s pretty much a guy repeating the words ‘I am what I am, this is what I do’ and it’s not really interesting. When I first heard this I hoped this would’ve been the last prelude. It wasn’t.

The song after the prelude is good again though, Aggressive, great vocals and great general feel. The double bass at some points is just amazing and you should just buy the album and listen to it yourself.

There are three more songs and another prelude after this on which I don’t want to dwell to long. The songs are good and the prelude is kind off unnecessary.

After this though the last song of the album kicks in. The name of the song is called ‘A design to choose from’ and it is just phenomenal. It takes 9 minutes and 51 seconds and it’s worth every damn second. It starts off aggressive again, features a cool solo and fades away in a oasis of acoustic goodness. Yes, You read that right. After about 9 minutes it goes acoustic and it completely fits and ends a good album in a great way. It also features the singer ‘Sunneith Revankar’ from ‘Bhayanak Maut’

I would give this album a well deserved 7 out of 10 and this band is definitely one to keep an eye on. I am particularly impressed by the drumming and the vocals. This isn’t a must have but definitely a cool album to have in your collection.

Written by Koen Oude Kempers

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