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Review: ZUD - The Good, the Bad and the Damned
The Good, the Bad and the Damned

Label: Independent
Year released: 2013
Duration: 41:21
Tracks: 5
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: November 18, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 5/5 (100%) (1 Vote)

The Good, the Bad and the Damned, from Maine's ZUD, presents me with the opportunity to say something in a review that I don't often get to say; this is different. Black Metal at its core, The Good, the Bad and the Damned features raspy yet decipherable vocals, buzz-saw guitars and double-time drums, all the trademarks of your typical Black Metal release. On top of that, ZUD layer some additional elements that expand the listening experience a great deal. There are clear solos played at a slower tempo and obscure movie quotes woven into "Dendrite Fumes" while "Skull Shaped Hell" features a wild guitar solo/jam session over the track's final six minutes that is worthy of the middle section of The Doors' "The End" (minus the Oedipal overtones) and other late 60s acid rock bands. To ZUD's credit none of these things detracts one bit from the "metal" feel and actually gives The Good, the Bad and The Damned an almost epic feel, not to the level of Summoning or Caladan Brood, but in that general direction.

As I said at the outset, this is different. When that is mixed with ZUD's tight playing and solid Black Metal foundation, it makes for an album truly worth your attention. Give The Good, the Bad and The Damned a listen, especially if the same old Black Metal isn't getting it done anymore.

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