Zozobra
Bird of Prey


3.5
great

Review

by JAV USER (12 Reviews)
November 7th, 2008 | 28 replies | 9,937 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Coming in like a flash flood Bird of Prey is angry, violent and over very quickly.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Bird of Prey started out under the band moniker Heatseekers but I can only assume it fell back to Zozobra to avoid confusion and another band introduction. Scofield continues here somewhat where he left off with Harmonic Tremors but with a slightly different stylistic feel. One instant change you can hear is the less mechanical beats and a livelier feeling from behind the kit. Santos Montano was so precise and unwavering in his drum style that people thought he was a drum machine; this time Aaron Harris takes drumming duties and fleshes out a more aggressive feel. With the freedom to break out of Isis’ slower crushing grooves, Harris is able to showcase his talent.

Scofield is all about the riffs and doesn’t fail to deliver; along with vocals he also plays both guitar and bass. The bass carries all the rhythmic duties with the guitar usually providing a spacey vibe or mimicking the bass line. He actually pulls off the guitar rather well but doesn’t try anything too complicated comfortable with allowing the guitar to create atmosphere.

Now while this record is good fun it feels less creative than the previous album which had more bombastic riffs and directional changes, more unpredictable would be a better description. There are no songs like Levitate which perfectly blended his metal leanings with less cathartic musical work. In Jet Streams is one of the few songs that any clean vocals are heard as well as being one of the tracks that really stand out. It uses a palm muted staccato type riff and varies it during the chorus while Scofield roars, “Endless are the tidal waves.” His lyrics are violent and he seems to have a fascination with blood; at the same time he can be quite poetic. Lyrics like, “Death descending in silver screams, they hide under a shield made of clear glass,” from Sharks that Circle paint rather distinct vivid imagery.

One thing to wonder about is why there are only 8 songs, one of them isn’t really a song, Big Needles is just static and some ambient drum noise. I would think he would have attempted to make a few songs longer or have waited until he had at least 10 or so since each averages out to about 3 to 3-1/2 minutes. Laser Eyes would be about 5 minutes if the rehash of Big Needles was cut out from the start of it.

While I am a little disappointed that more time wasn’t taken to expand upon the songs and add more tracks I can appreciate the fact that this wasn’t supposed to be part of the Zozobra catalog. It just seems that the idea was to make a fun album and not stress about it too much. If you liked the last album you’ll likely find things you like about this one as well. Scofield’s mission seems to be to crush your skull into a paste and for the most part he succeeds. This is loud, heavy and fun; just don’t expect it to blow your mind.



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JAV
November 7th 2008



1884 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not really sure if I'm happy with this review but it's much improved from my first draft.

Wizard
November 7th 2008



18793 Comments


With the freedom to break out of Isis’ slower crushing grooves Harris is able to showcase his talent.



comma inbetween 'grooves' and 'Harris'.


Good review. I will be adding this to my list!This Message Edited On 11.07.08

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JAV
November 7th 2008



1884 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks wizard, I could have sworn I had some punctuation there...

Wizard
November 7th 2008



18793 Comments


No worries, I do those mistakes all the time. So, does this sound anything like Isis in the least?

JAV
November 7th 2008



1884 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's got more of a stoner metal feel like early Kyuss.
If I compared it to Isis it's a bit reminiscent of Celestial or Mosquito Control but not quite as dark or ominous and faster paced.

Here's the album stream.
http://zozobra-birdofprey.com/

Shattered_Future
November 7th 2008



1539 Comments


I actually saw these guys last Sunday. They played first and were my second favorite band of the night. Loud as hell...

handoman
November 7th 2008



2380 Comments


I got this a few months ago. Didn't like it as much as I thought I would.

JAV
November 8th 2008



1884 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Shattered: They are a good live band, got to see them when they opened for Isis and Jesu.

handoman: It's somewhere between a 3-3.5 for me. Perhaps it hasn't worn off on me yet, but I still prefer Harmonic Tremors to this.This Message Edited On 11.08.08

JAV
December 31st 2009



1884 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Still one of my favorite shows I ever saw. Afterwards they were chilling out in the lobby with fans.

fromtheinside
January 27th 2010



16485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

its a shame not enough people know about this.

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Wizard
January 27th 2010



18793 Comments


So I've been told recently to get on this ASAP.

fromtheinside
January 27th 2010



16485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, you do.
some of the most aggressive 30 minutes i've laid my ears on.

Relinquished
January 27th 2010



22431 Comments


Yeah Karl, you should get this. Some great stuff here.

Wizard
January 27th 2010



18793 Comments


Gonna hunt it down.

Photon
May 8th 2010



1288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not as good as their previous album but still a good effort ..

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ProfessorVeerappan
August 9th 2012



789 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review and a mad album i seek

MichaelSnoxall
August 9th 2012



12163 Comments


Sick album.

evilford
August 9th 2012



20024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it's good. Harmonic Tremors is better

fromtheinside
February 1st 2013



16485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i need to get this again

Dunpeal
October 25th 2013



3572 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

heartless enemy dooms sooo fvking hard



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