Review: Zelophilia – Lust, Loathing, & Love

You want crazy? You get crazy! First of all I think you have to know that zelophilia is when you are sexually aroused by jealousy. The more you know… They label themselves as a “so called ‘band'”, yes, the “so called” is part of their self-description, and they say of themselves that they sound like “a childishly simplified, watered down combination of Meshuggah, The Locust, Dillinger Escape Plan, and Daughters.” Which bears some truth. I’ve also read the term “avant-garde baroque” about them. What’s more, they even made a commercial for their debut album (see below)!

The album’s a mess of death metal, opera, noise, math, and other stuff. But it’s a pretty good mess. It’s got all the weirdness we love, and it’s quite perfectly all put together. There are more melodic passages, but the vast majority of the record is fast-paces, odd-timed, atonal music built without a plan. But don’t get me wrong, that’s definitely a quality when it seems that every modern band seems to be overly planned ahead and stripped of its essence, its nature, its raw beauty.

My favourite song on the record is Product of Man (Not Nature). The album is available for free on their bandcamp page! This will be a good change from your usual Children Of Bodom playlist.