Zapruder
Zapruder


4.5
superb

Review

by MarsKid USER (28 Reviews)
November 25th, 2018 | 164 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bring on the pandemonium, and don't forget the booze.

Stability is something incredibly desirable for a lot of people: the maintenance of a routine that remains constant over time and place, never shifting from a comfortable status quo. Of course, life rarely gives anyone that chance—suppose that’s what propels people towards such wishes, after all—and that cozy blanket of familiarity is ripped from one’s hands, torn into pieces, then thrown right back with an air of ‘what are you gonna do about it"’ That may be a tad overdramatic, but life tends to bring that ham acting aspect out of humanity, spiking emotional intensity beyond the norm. When Zapruder was faced with the prospect of their vocalist going across the globe, severely restricting the time the band could be together as both friends and recording mates, there was clearly only one solution for the crazy Frenchmen: make some equally crazy-ass, metalcore-hybrid album. The tongue-in-cheek, raucous result stays true to the group’s commitment of making their most personal album yet; Zapruder amp up the zany riffs, crushing heaviness, and overall aggression, contributing another gem to a genre that has been very much alive for the year.

The sound Zapruder aimed for on Fall In Line managed to blend the tempo-jumping nature of uninhibited metalcore alongside the group’s pension for post metal-inspired crescendos and destructive climaxes. While such weighty passages certainly lurk around the winding, Funhouse-esque hallways of the self-titled effort, it’s an unexpected third party that ends up being the significant contributing influence: rock n’ roll, spiced up just right with the addition of some jazzy rhythm and groove components. Album opener “I Left My Appendix in NYC” makes this immediately evident, barging through the door accompanied by a crunchy guitar part bouncing at a medium pace. When paired with an expressive vocal lead—shouts, screams, gravely cleans and falsetto backing tones galore—there lies a sort of swagger that almost appears like Trophy Scars. These traits act as subtle improvements to every track that lines Zapruder’s runtime, highlighted especially in the aforementioned introduction and the bluesy “Leaving Montreal.” Perhaps the most notable addition to Zapruder’s fresh direction is the increased presence of the band’s saxophone player. Previously featured sparingly throughout Fall In Line, the distinctive woodwind finds itself appearing prominently on half of the record’s songs, acting as a centerpiece for “Leaving Montreal” and “Back in Town” specifically. In the context of the album’s jazz-metalcore-party aesthetic, the sax doesn’t feel forced in the slightest and enters the fray purposefully.

A fair amount of experimentation inevitably emerges from such a collection of sounds and inspirations. Choruses are now a prevalent factor, guitars seem to tear away on squealing escapades reminiscent of Hell Songs-era Daughters, the bass switches from background waltzing to pounding intensity, speed limits are broken liberally—the list goes on. The award for the most undeniably wild venture, however, goes to the frantic “Piss Soaked”. A chaotic, Dillinger-approved riff sprints ahead, holding hands with a correspondingly unruly saxophone that busts out a solo as a whistle chirps in the background. Everything collapses into an absolutely devastating breakdown that brings down the might of Zapruder’s sonic output. Far from abandoning their classic style, however, the collective improves upon its multiple elements, embodying themselves in “Martin Bell” ‘s 6-minute duration. Here is where Zapruder decide to unleash their post-metal tidal wave, combining a colossal assault of a thunderous rhythm section and a dark, sludge-stained guitar line. As soon as one begins to settle in and enjoy the groove that ends up being produced, the band abruptly launches into a metalcore spurt that is then cancelled by a guitar solo. And if things couldn’t be even further expanded, the track concludes in over a minute of static, slowly receding in the distance, allowing the listener to recover—if only for a bit.

It’s no secret that Zapruder ends up equating to a much different beast than its predecessor. The ferociousness and simultaneous restraint displayed on Fall In Line evoked a seemingly somber tone, contemplating features of society. There was a sort of separation from life, viewing it from an outside perspective instead of being introspective. Any thematic veneer is replaced by a gigantic middle finger being drunkenly thrust in the face of those routine-shattering obstacles that always crop up. Rather than surrendering, Zapruder feel more energized than ever. The party attitude has a bad rep when approaching music, but in this case it’s hard to have qualms with it; the Frenchmen are technically proficient, musically talented across the board, and coordinated in a very tight manner. In a record that is up in arms against life, it’s simultaneously full of it: of that overdramatic, theatrical bravado that’s stored up in each and every being. No need to bottle up emotions when it’s possible to just drink the whole serving, smash it on the nearest countertop, and wave it around in the air. Zapruder is an open invitation to metalcore’s rave of the year—the only requirement is to remember to rock out and not give a damn.



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MarsKid
November 25th 2018


7741 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Hey, it's that guy. I think he writes reviews.



So yeah, this predictably rocked, but I've got a hard on for these guys so what did anyone expect realistically.



Stream it on bandcamp: https://zaprudertheband.bandcamp.com/album/zapruder

Also, unlike Fall In Line, it's available on Spotify



Comments, criticism, holas, compelling evidence of the moon landing being faked by NASA and it's a government conspiracy all welcome

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Papa Universe
November 25th 2018


18562 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you can see the bloody strings. the evidence is right there, bloody hell.

also, great having you back, bub.

zaPOSer



though I wouldn't describe stability that way

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MarsKid
November 25th 2018


7741 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Can always count on you my guy. Thanks for stopping by.

9Hammer
November 25th 2018


28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well written and it's a pretty interesting album. Took me a second to realize what the cover was exactly too, lol.

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MarsKid
November 25th 2018


7741 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Hey, thanks for reading, and glad you enjoyed the album. It's definitely got a lot of meat on its bones.



And yeah, them be fish-like penis creatures haha

SteakByrnes
November 26th 2018


13894 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

My fuckin boi, nice review as always



I'll check this out soon enough

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MarsKid
November 26th 2018


7741 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I appreciate it my man, happy to see ya. This should be an easy 4 for ya at least.



If we can get this trending I'll die happy someday

SteakByrnes
November 26th 2018


13894 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ok but what is with the dick fish on the cover

MarsKid
November 26th 2018


7741 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Bromance incarnate, obviously. This is the symbol of eternal manly love.

MarsKid
November 26th 2018


7741 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

One day, Zapruder will trend...

XingKing
November 26th 2018


14209 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The beginning of the first track had me convinced I was listening to the wrong record lol. Definitely one of the better records I've heard this year!

MarsKid
November 26th 2018


7741 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Welcome aboard, thanks for stopping by. The opener definitely threw me for a loop but I love it so much now

Tranqyl
November 26th 2018


285 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So far this album has been a fucking wild ride. It almost reminds of Twelve Foot Ninja in its party driven insanity. Great review too.

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MarsKid
November 26th 2018


7741 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks for reading my man, and awesome to hear you're liking the tunes. These guys go absolutely hard.

Hawks
November 26th 2018


64329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Guess I gotta hear this.

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MarsKid
November 26th 2018


7741 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

It has riffs and it's heavy as fuck. You can get wild to this one.

Hawks
November 26th 2018


64329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Review def has me intrigued, will listen tonight.

MarsKid
November 26th 2018


7741 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Sweet man, thanks for reading. Let me know how it goes

Hawks
November 26th 2018


64329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Will report back later my friend. m/

Hawks
November 26th 2018


64329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok yeah this is awesome.



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