Zonaria
The Cancer Empire


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
January 2nd, 2009 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist


It is fun to follow the progress of a band that you have recently discovered. Zonaria is one such band. I remember it like yesterday. It was lunch-hour at work and I was reading the news-paper to see if there was something interesting. A huge murky picture covered both sides of the paper and the headline was ''Zonaria''. A new, fresh and young melodic death metal band had entered the scene. I looked for a while and I got their debut album Infamy and The Breed which was better than I expected it to be. The music was highly influenced by Hypocrisy no doubt about that. Heaviness and speed was mixed with atmospheric background keyboard melodies that created an apocalyptic vibe to the music. Time was passing by and in 2008 Zonaria released their second album, The Cancer Empire. This time things had changed and developed. Their melodic death metal was mixed with some black metal influences, and the result became very good I must say.

Infected by your greed, the masses will kneel
But a world led by you will never heal

The Cancer Empire is almost a completely different album compared to their first album. The screams have now turned into a much harsher growl, the drummer has increased his skills and the overall music has been slightly beefed up. Infamy And The Breed is more or less a Hypocrisy album a la Zonaria but The Cancer Empire has more of… everything actually. All the Dimmu Borgir influenced orchestral elements has given the band a broader sound. But the music does not sound so similar to the first album; the biggest differences are that the growls, better variety among the drum patterns and symphonic elements has made the music more mature so to say. Variety and dynamics has been slightly increased as well. There are some non-stop death assaults like Slaughter Is Passion, Praise The Eradication and Termination Process. Most of the tracks have lots of heavy and pounding moments but some tracks manage to stand out thanks to the melodies. War With The Inferior, Contra Mundum and The Icon And The Faceless are some of the more melodic oriented tracks.

Some things are better untold
At war with the inferior
Strike down the innocent
The target still remains

The album is very good but it has some smaller flaws. One thing that this album has in common with the first album is that the music tends to drag. Many songs are good but there are no tracks that manage to shine better than the others. All tracks stays in the same area of being good, not very good or extremely good. Things become a bit stiff with time and some repetitiveness will be noticeable, unfortunately. But the band has developed both vocally and instrumentally and that makes me happy. I wished though that the vocal performance would've been a bit more varied because I love Simon's harsh screams. People who liked The Infamy And The Breed will most likely enjoy this as well. People who like almost any type of melodic death metal will also enjoy this. If you like Hypocrisy and/or Dimmu Borgir then you will like Zonaria.

Positives
+ Very good growl performance
+ The drummer has really improved his skills
+ The atmospheric background melodies are good
+ The small black metal influences made the music a bit darker and heavier

Negatives
- The music tends to get a bit repetitive
- Stiff vocal variety

Recommended Tracks
-- Slaughter Is Passion
-- War With The Inferior
-- Damnation Dressed In Flesh

Final rating: 4/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
fireaboveicebelow
January 2nd 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have been waiting for months for someone to do this, great job, nice and short too, I love this record

jrowa001
January 2nd 2009


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review. pretty good album but a bit bland in parts which keeps it from getting a 4 from me

AngelPhoenix
January 2nd 2009


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

a lot bland in many parts

fixed ;)

Solid review.

Zippermouth
January 2nd 2009


1305 Comments


Track names are bitchin!

jingledeath
January 2nd 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Finally, someone reviewed this!
Great review, super album.I agree with the recommended tracks but Termination Process should be added to them.Song kicks humongous ass.

foreverendeared
January 2nd 2009


14678 Comments


yes i must say, their song names are extremely awesome compared to a lot of other death metal band's song names

gaslightanthem
January 2nd 2009


5209 Comments


shame zonaria are brought down by being kind of bland

AngelPhoenix
January 2nd 2009


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yes i must say, their song names are extremely awesome compared to a lot of other death metal band's song names

My sarcasm detector is twitching.

foreverendeared
January 2nd 2009


14678 Comments


i smile and nod

Dethtrasher
January 2nd 2009


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@ Jingledeath
I forgot to add that track, kickass track indeed

shame zonaria are brought down by being kind of bland

I actually agree with you a bit on that point.

gaslightanthem
January 2nd 2009


5209 Comments


it's not so much that they're bad - they write some amazing riffs etc but somehow it's too much and can come across monotonous

gaslightanthem
January 2nd 2009


5209 Comments


good review though

sickofantsid
January 2nd 2009


129 Comments


I was reading the news-paper to see if there was something interesting.


Never mind the band I want a subscription to that newspaper! You get death metal coverage we get, 'Robbie wants to rejoin Take That' !

Yazz_Flute
January 2nd 2009


18852 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ironic, i just downloaded this yesterday.

It's iight. I feel like I should like it more but for some reason I just don't. The last song was the only song I thought was particularly excellent.

Digging: Kenn Nardi - Dancing With the Past

Giblover
September 19th 2009


35 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good? Yes. As good as Infamy and the Breed? No.

R6Rider
September 19th 2009


4715 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

man this album good have been so much more

Digging: Thou - The Sacrifice

SylentEcho
December 30th 2009


1574 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I agree, just like their last effort nothing stands out really. This album and the previous one would be really awesome if Hypocrisy didn't exist lol, but the original is WAY better than the one's who follow right? Heard this all before.

SylentEcho
January 3rd 2010


1574 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They still sound a lot like Hypocrisy which is a good thing. The vocals seem to have taken a slight step down from their previous release. This band however maintains a slight atmospheric touch in their songs.

3/5 Good album, but 3 because it could be so much better. One can really see the potential here not being put to full use.

bigguy69
April 13th 2010


199 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

there's a pretty strong consensus about this album from what i see....i agree with pretty well all that i read...it still seems like an enjoyable listen though



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