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Zombie Assault - Video Nasty [Eclectic - 2017]

Canadian Death 'n Rollers Zombie Assault see their debut album released through Eclectic Productions. Combining classic Death 'n Roll with the tried and true genre fodder of 70's/80's horror films, Zombie Assault's Video Nasty is the boxed macaroni & cheese of the metal world; nothing wildly unique, but still comforting and familiar.

On the surface, the macaroni and cheese comparison may seem like a slight, but it's an apt description of feelings that Video Nasty draws forth. The familiar box on the store shelf is represented by well done cover art of (at this point) ubiquitous zombies, but in a twist, they're eating the video tapes that are the inspiration for the album. When flipped over to reveal the ingredients, one sees familiar name and ideas that let the listener know what they're going to get. "Ah, yes, I've had this stuff before," he says as he places his disc into the machine. When the fuzz and stomp pour forth from his speakers, the comforting, familiar tones of metal and rock wrap the listener in a sonic blanket reminiscent of his youth (well, if he grew up listening to Entombed, that is). And, although a course of mac and cheese is familiar, it is still a unique meal and should be enjoyed as such. Remember, it's cheese based, so there are still going to be some great things going on. Zombie Assault ups the enjoyment by making their blend rich in solid drum work and heavy, low riffage. The bassline that follows the guitars adds an extra dimension of murk that many metal bands seem to overlook these days. Having the deepened low end gives the stomp more oomph and adds a nice complexity to the dish. While every bite should be savored, some that stick out as the tastiest are "Worst Case Scenario," "Deadites Rule OK," "Open Grave," and "
Unearthlings." These forkfuls stomp and groove with a headbanging, fist pumping fury that would appeal to comfort food connoisseur. And, it's highlights like these that keep the listener going back to the store for this particular brand.

Zombie Assault's Video Nasty combats it's hackneyed horror movie inspiration approach with well played, fun songs and manages to avoid falling victim to having its "book" being judged by its cover. If one can get past the overdone cliches, there is some cool Death 'n Roll to be had. So, grab a box of your favorite mac and cheese, throw on your headphones, and give Video Nasty a spin. What have you got to lose?

Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5

Paul Casey
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