FOR FANS OF: The Dillinger Escape Plan, Will Haven, System Of A Down
ALEX DELLER Zapruder
APATHIA Genre-mashing metallers make more of a mess than a splash
Despite being a band for whom anything and everything goes, Zapruder are curiously easy to pigeonhole. True, early on you get some whiskyslurred grooves and oddball Tom Waits-esque content, but from thereon in it’s all rather early 00s - where the more thoughtful side of nu metal was trying to transcend fratboy slapstick and much of the underground was either trying to outgun The Dillinger Escape Plan or aping whatever the members of Orchid had last been seen doing. This of course means much eyegouging dissonance, vocals veering between maniacal and sweetly sotto voce, and a surfeit of wanton jazzfuckery. On tracks such as Back In Town and Half Stache Man things pull together nicely, but more often than not the band over-egg the craziness, trip over their own ideas and wind up mired in the shit they were trying to fling elsewhere.