beehoover
Heavy Zooo


4.0
excellent

Review

by CaptainDooRight USER (93 Reviews)
August 9th, 2012 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Solid Stoner-Rock Metal with blues undertones that tastes like milk and honey.

I read once in some proverb when I was younger, “In the multitude of individuals there is transgression”. This interpretational saying can be directly related to music and more specifically to band members. When you have a band that has 4 plus members, sometimes even as much as 7 or more, it’s hard to balance out all the talents and abilities into one cohesive album. Fortunately with Beehoover’s third LP “Heavy Zooo”, we go back to the roots of bassist and drummer. This necessary foundation to any rock band has often been overlooked by all the shredding guitarists and keyboardists of most rock bands since there beginnings. But, with Beehoover we have two guys who are unequivocally passionate about the music they create, which shows in the power of presence they bestow. Guitarist Ingmar Petersen is very capable on the bass guitar. You’ll sometimes forget there's no guitar in this band because Ingmar knows how to pull some really nice sounding chords. The distortion he uses on his bass handles anything a guitar could do anyways. There aren’t any solos in this album and it doesn’t need any. The album stands strong with the use of solid riffs that are sometimes catchy and even moody from time to time; within the realms of metal and stoner rock.

Ingmar handles the vocals as well and does a swell job. He manages to blend various styles that fit over the riffs he happens to be playing at the moment, but he also shows self-control when the song only needs bass and drums. His voice is very unique, it almost sounds like a sped up version of the vocalist from My Dying Bride, if that even makes sense. Although rare, his voice is very enjoyable and fits the music well; even his purposeful smoke-cough at the beginning of the album. “Pain Power” shows what Ingmar is capable of, where we have his softer style of lower toned vocals during less aggressive passages to his crescendo-like yells layered under his average range attack. “Esophagus Overdrive” is a more aggressive and heavy track that uses Ingmar screaming styled vocals to propel the weighty riff chugs.

It’s important to understand that “Heavy Zooo” is not your typical stoner rock band or metal band. They really have a bluesy vibe to them which is what really attracted me to them. Blending heavy and blues together is always a win in my book. “Spirit & Crown” is a really cool track which starts with a playful delayed guitar riff that eventually gets overrun gradually by heavy distortion until the heavy layers are revealed to an awesome odd-timed riff that just oozes sensuality. It’s important to note that when the next song “My Funeral Procession” comes in it’s like hitting hyper-space where you’re just cruising with a neo-classical folk interlude; almost like a perfect trilogy that ends with “I Desert”, being quite different than the first two thirds. It’s an almost psychedelic feel of multiple synth layers and spoken vocals; playing along until one of the heaviest riffs of the album jumps in and just pounds. These dynamic factors are common element of “Heavy Zooo” and are essential to their sounds success.

Drummer Claus-Peter Hamisch really gets my juices flowing with his skills on the set. “Dance Like a Volcano” really shows his power of hits and dynamics over the cymbals and ride. Within about 12 seconds of this track he immediately supports some heavy bass riffs with clashing cymbals that never sound off and the ringing sounds just mesh so perfectly with the equalized production style. This is when I dig cymbals, the kind that aren’t overbearing or too trebly in the mix. Claus-Peter goes up in down on this track in dynamic fashion, resulting in softer parts getting worked within the high-hat and ride licks and heavier parts raining with cymbal blissfulness. “Stanislav Petrov” shows his skills on the toms where meshes sweet tom rolls and double hitters. Claus-Peter is really an asset to this two man band and he really is responsible for making everything blend together, exuding emotions, and keeping things exciting.

“Heavy Zooo”, with its bluesy nature, heavy riffs, and excellent drum work should keep any rocker happy for several listens. This cohesive and never challenging of a listen could be a perfect opener into the genre as well as being interesting enough to keep veteran listeners content. Both blues and straight up stoner rock lovers will have a lot appreciate here.



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CaptainDooRight
August 9th 2012


29891 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wv985nCBm_s

gd al

solid band

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Funeralopolis
August 9th 2012


11560 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review, sounds interesting gonna check it out, pos.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2012


6199 Comments


major props for reviewing this awesome album, autopos.

I have the first two beehoover albums in physical copy format.

The debut is also great but less developed.

The art in Heavy Zooo is soooo mind bending...



Some suggestions:

You’ll sometimes even forget there is only guitar in this band

You'll sometimes forget there's no guitar in this band



but he also shows self-control when the song only needs guitar and drums.

There's only bass, drums and vox in this record.

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Calc
August 9th 2012


12249 Comments


you write very goodly, i know i wont like this but i enjoy reading some capt's work

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CaptainDooRight
August 9th 2012


29891 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Funeral - thanks bro, *fixed

@Voivod - thanks man, I fixed only a part of that because I still have a question. I actually strongly thought about that, but couldn't you still call a bass a guitar?

@Calc - well thank you very muchly, i appreciate that :]

greg84
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2012


7421 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Interesting... I'll give this one a spin.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2012


6199 Comments


but couldn't you still call a bass a guitar?

In general, yes you can, but this album does not contain any "traditional" electric guitars.


On another note, yeah, it is difficult to believe there are no guitars in this one.

beehoover are not the first to produce "guitar" sound with a bass.

Hellenes blacksters Necromantia also used bass guitars in the '90s and in that case as well, it was rather difficult to distinguish the instrument's origin from the sound alone.

CaptainDooRight
August 9th 2012


29891 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@greg - chances are if you like Witch Mountain you may like this, although they are a bit different but share similar blues undertones or what not.

@Voivod - yeah that makes sense. Thanks for clarifying bro. It would make things more clear. Fixed. Also, I caught a few other errors that I fixed as well.

seedofnothing
August 9th 2012


3425 Comments


Good review, pos this sounds pretty good.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
August 9th 2012


20993 Comments


Need to check this. Good job bro, pos'd.

CaptainDooRight
August 9th 2012


29891 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@ Seed - thanks bro you might dig

@ JT - now you kind sir would def dig, you're the blues master here and I even thought about you a lot when I was listening and writing this.

CaptainDooRight
August 9th 2012


29891 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet



greg84
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2012


7421 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The album rules so far. I'm getting strong Melvins vibe from them.

CaptainDooRight
August 9th 2012


29891 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome Greg, glad you're digging bro

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
August 9th 2012


20993 Comments


@Captain: Sweet bro, I'll check it as soon as I can.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2012


4442 Comments


I'll check this out, this sounds right up my ally. good review, POS'd!

CaptainDooRight
August 9th 2012


29891 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks Brethrens, I hope you guys enjoy

ZedO
August 10th 2012


1096 Comments


haha, nice summary bro, will check...

CaptainDooRight
August 10th 2012


29891 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Koo zed sounds simply marvelous, have some tea with me?

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
August 20th 2012


20993 Comments


This rules.



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