Reviewed By Steve Genier
Just Imagine this, your sitting down about to watch a couple of movies on late night TV. You surf channels for awhile until you hit a station playing Lucio Fulci's Zombie. It's just beginning, you turn the audio up as the main score from Fabio Frizzi bounces off all four of your living room walls. Then without warning, as if there was another channel interfering, the audio changes but the movie is still the same. The static clears away to another familiar score, wait...it sounds like Goblin's score to George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead. You think to yourself, how? This is still Fulci's Zombie playing? Then again static....it clears it's way to another score that is all to familiar. Damn, this is John Carpenter's score to The Fog. Sounds like a real bad episode of the Twilight Zone, well it's not....this is what I experienced while listening to the self-title debut from the band, Zombi.
After making my way to their website and listening to a few of the samples they provide, I was highly impressed. My journey didn't end there though, I was approached by the band's bassist/vocalist, Steve Moore about reviewing their cd for Cinema Nocturna. I was really looking forward to receiving this disc and I wasn't letdown to say the least. From the moment I placed this in my player, it has held a special home in there for weeks. Zombi's influences vary, it's a streamline that begins with horror film scores from the 70's and early 80's mixed with fusion and progressive rock. Power packed with nine conveniently titled songs. All titled Sequence 1 through 9, but all different in all their glory. From Sequence 1 you are taking in on a virtual tour through time and space. Close your eyes, only ears necessary! There are areas that remind me of scenes from two of Stanley Kubrick classic films, A Clockwork Orange and 2001: A Space Odyssey. After listening to this countless times, you start to pin your own script just from the various sounds that Zombi present. The different twists and turns that are thrown at you, and the adding of drums in areas bring this to a whole new level. There's an element to the music, one that will seduce you, creating a virtual picture, one surely hard to be torn from. This is a drug, but a good drug and not a mind alternating pollutant. You just can't choose a favorite from this selection, but if I were to point one out, it would be the concluding Sequence 9. This has you craving more, you become that mindless zombie gargling, Brains, more Brains. This is how you feel after experiencing this first cd from Zombi. They are also highly recommended to those who are looking for a source to score your next horror film!
Steve Moore (Bassist/Vocalist)
A.E. Paterra (Drummer)
For more info on Zombi, visit their website at www.zombi.us