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Review: Zubrowska - Family Vault
Family Vault

Label: Xtreem Music
Year released: 2005
Duration: 33:26
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death/Grind


Review online: July 15, 2005
Reviewed by: Chaossphere
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Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

Uh, yeah, okay. Zubrowska seem to be rather enamoured with weirdness. This album is chock full of chaotic staccato riffs, weird alt-rock bits and vocals which seem to be solely designed to piss people off. Basically imagine Meshuggah and System Of A Down in a blender full of random death metal bits, and you have Zubrowska. So yeah, this is only just teetering on the borderline of being actual metal, and it's really not that good. "Ode To My Black Sun" is pretty good, building up from a slow crawl then leading right into "C.O.V.E.D." which sees a return of the weird vocals. The vocalist essentially varies between a pained metalcore-ish holler and a more typical low growl, and unfortunately he's mixed way too loud to be tuned out. Occasionally he also drops into off-key half-singing, and some weird fucking screams which don't help at all. Sure, there's a decent amount of good riffs scattered throughout, but they're always dropped too quickly and replaced with either crappy squalling noise, pointless clean bits or generic string-mashing. There's talent here, but it's being painfully wasted.

As the song titles make painfully obvious, these guys seem to have a vaguely humorous bent, but without the benefit of a lyric sheet I can't really tell what they're going on about. This album will appeal to people who enjoy listening to annoying shit so they can claim they're "open minded", which is simply a euphemism for being a dickhead. How these guys ended up on Xtreem Music is beyond me, because they're not brutal at all, just fucking irritating.

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