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Black Zodiac - Psychotic Hatred - 2004

Track Listing

1. Psychotic Mind
2. Final Conclusion
3. Awakening
4. Love In Darkness
5. Fanatico
6. Healing With Your Hate
7. Bow To Me
8. My Enemy's Blood
9. Behind My Skin
10. Consequential Hatred
11. Coming Out
Da Vinci's Mona Lisa has intrigued art lovers for a half century with it's lone female smiling ever so slightly. People wonder what's going on behind that serene face with the chaotic background landscape. There's a similar dichotomy here with Florida-based band Black Zodiac and their debut album, "Psychotic Hatred".

Full band info is fairly non-existent with almost all the promo/website material based around female lead singer Mayelin. The CD cover is her in statuesque pose in front of some kind of orange, branchy hellscape. Calm and classically posed in all pictures she seems to be the sole image of the group, but her presence clashes for me with the song material and titles. She's the center of the hurricane and everything comes across as more personal catharsis with the band as an avenue for the violence appearently in her system and background.

The name Black Zodiac "represents all the different personalities of the zodiac, with the darkness behind them", but it feels like more of a clever idea than an incorporation into the sound on this release. I just don't see it in there. Musically, the CD is early death metal that's tight in rhythm, but it's not innovative in sound or structure. Mayelin's vocals range from growls that could use a deepening effect and cleaner singing that is frequently off-key.

Check them out if you're into old-school death and curious about what might be behind those eyes. Bottom Line: Black Zodiac needs more matter and less art.

Score: 5 of 10


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--Nailer 04.07.05
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Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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