Eagles Of Death Metal
Zipper Down


3.3
great

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
October 5th, 2015 | 543 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Jesse still wants your women...

The Eagles Of Death Metal have never been a band to open new musical doors or push any boundaries. They were always a guilty pleasure to blast at some party or witness live. The sleazy redneck outings that made up most of their first two records, plus that lo-fi/single take feel was perfect for the bare bones tracks. Put Jesse Hughes on top and you have one of the quirkiest rock 'n' roll bands in quite a while. The blunt lyrics and slick attitude were accentuated throughout their funny videos and passionate live performances. Even if their 3rd effort, Heart On was quite hit and miss due to unnecessary attempts to be taken more seriously, it still added some essential cuts to the playlist. Luckily, during the 7-year gap these guys have kept touring the world multiple times avoiding what seemed to be a slow fade into obscurity. Unexpectedly, they even grew bigger due to their intense shows, quite a few levels higher than the album sales predicted.

Thankfully, in 2015 Jesse is still the same cartoonish character and the songs he writes are just as juvenile. On the contrast, in the past few years Josh's appearance has become a more serious, artsy one (at least on the surface), translating from the significantly somber QOTSA album, ...Like Clockwork, yet he decided to revert to his spaced out, funny self for the new Eagles Of Death Metal. In their own words, Zipper Down will improve your sex life, cure AIDS, stop the ongoing wars, put an end to racism and poverty, among other issues, overall leading to a better life on Earth. If you are ignorant, this album will probably slip through your fingers.

However, until we witness such incredible milestones in our human lives, Zipper Down is merely another addition to the band's growing catalogue. Ending up somewhere between Heart On and Death By Sexy, this record shares a more consistent set of hooks, but fail to deliver THAT immediate, uber catchy tune each of their LPs brought. 'Complexity' comes closest (yes, it sounds a lot like MJ's 'Beat It', but then again, a dozen other songs out there do too), with its fat bass line and playful piano leads. Nevertheless, there are "deeper" cuts to be explored here, such as the sunny, laid back grooves on 'Oh Girl' and the classic rock radio-ready 'I Love You All The Time', where Jesse actually delivers some of his most melodic vocals so far. Still, prone to revert to his old ways, the man goes full blown redneck on the spastic boogie of 'Got A Woman' or the barn rocker closer, 'The Reverend'. They have also took some time to poke fun at hipsters on 'Silverlake' and turn Duran Duran's 'Save A Prayer' into the perfect soundtrack to take your girl to the prom.

It's cool how old school Zipper Down turned out to be, harkening back to a lot of '70s rock 'n' roll/boogie. Still, it doesn't top Peace Love Death Metal, an album that I still believe is firmly rooted into the modern rock ground. The simplicity and sincerity found there, topped by a lack of guitar/drum skills made it such a super fun, guilt free listen. Although the new album is a solid affair and a step up in tightness/structure, it needed that previous edge to be truly compelling. Remaining as polarizing as ever, you'll either like it (old fans will sure do) or focus your attention on other stuff.



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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2015


5206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

It's a nice record, although not their strongest. People here seem to dislike it, but seriously, what did you expect?



Unfortunately some of the best tracks on the record aren't posted online.



'Silverlake' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qo88gc9w3ik

'Complexity' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DLVLRpKtYc

Digging: Gazpacho - Fireworker

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2015


5206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

Nothing has changed lol.

RadicalEd
October 5th 2015


9546 Comments


checked the two songs you linked and they were seriously terrible. So I'm not gonna bother.

Have kind of a soft spot for some of the songs on the debut.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2015


5206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

There are better songs on the album. I agree it's nowhere near the first album, but eh, in the end it's a fun record. Won't be a long lasting one though.

Archelirion
October 5th 2015


6087 Comments


Hehe, this is pretty fun. They've always been good for when you want your music to have the depth of a small puddle so yeah, I'll take this for what it is.

JWT155
October 5th 2015


14649 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I want you so hard I want you sooo good.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2015


5206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

Exactly! People should leave the expectations aside and just dance.

XingKing
October 5th 2015


15115 Comments


It makes me sad that nothing they create ever comes close to their first record. I can put that record on and feel sexy for days but all of their other records, I pick a song or two and then skip everything else.

Flugmorph
October 5th 2015


23015 Comments


im the eagle of death metal these guys need to stfu

evilford
October 6th 2015


45403 Comments


"im the eagle of death metal these guys need to stfu"

lol

Digging: Necrot - Mortal

Tunaboy45
October 6th 2015


17204 Comments


Haha might have to check this

Digging: Everything Everything - RE-ANIMATOR

tfwpky
October 6th 2015


2 Comments


Give this baby some time. PLDM is an all-timer for me, but Death by Sexy was alright, and Heart On had like two songs I still care for. This one's a grower, though. "Oh Girl," "The Reverend," "Silverlake," and the Duran Duran cover are fantastic, and the dick-shaking Chuck Berry groove of the whole thing gets stronger the more I hear it. It's just a good time.

VanPelt
October 8th 2015


27 Comments


"Zipper Down will improve their your sex life"
So, which is it?

AcidCaravan
October 8th 2015


486 Comments


Jesse still wants my crank...Fun band. Funny album. Nothing more, nothinh less.

DeadGuy
October 9th 2015


1044 Comments


i love kyuss and queens

been meaning to check this project out for years

BigBlob
October 9th 2015


5550 Comments


the single I heard sounded like an Offspring song. So yeah it was awful.

facupm
October 12th 2015


11640 Comments


what is this

Inveigh
October 24th 2015


26794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

how can anyone hate this album? too much fun m/

MO
November 13th 2015


23003 Comments


Holy shit these guys are playing in the venue where there's a hostage situation in Paris...shit this isn't good

Totengott
November 13th 2015


4251 Comments


Yeah, I'm worried about this. Hope they are alright, but this doesn't look good..



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