[colored_box color=”grey”]Rating: 7
Label: Ihaveadrum Records
Author: Kostas Tsotsanis[/colored_box]
Planet of Zeus’ style was always a bit more straight-edged from other stoner rock bands. The band was performing harsh and closer to the ‘Clutch- style’ of performance, rather than closer to all those ambient stoner rock groups around. Babis is a raw vocalist and his vocal abilities are quite noticeable in the band’s career.
‘Vigilante’, however, is somehow different from their previous two records. As far as the music is concerned, Planet of Zeus still sticks with the aggressive, stoner rock style. The vocals on the other hand, are less aggressive, less harsh than the previous records (except in ‘A Girl Named Greed’ or ‘The Beast Within’). ‘Second Coming’, ‘No Tomorrow’ and about the whole record contains groovy, blues-inspired guitar riffs and explosive drumming. Their style now seems to be greatly influenced by Clutch, which is not particularly negative.
In comparison with their previous records, ‘Vigilante’ can be characterized as the most ‘safe’ one, if I am allowed to use this term in a record review. The band risks nothing; only creates some good stoner rock anthems for their fans. In fact, I was expecting them to come back this year with a record full of changes or new ideas, but Planet of Zeus chooses to stick with all those which made the band famous the last years. I can understand the name they are building and maintaining constantly, but I would wish the band to create something we as fans haven’t listen in the past from Planet of Zeus. I wanted the band to surprise us.
To be fair, ‘Vigilante’ is a record full of life and this is easily noticeable into the music, which could easily become the soundtrack of an after midnight, drinking party. The quality is not something negotiable when it comes for Planet of Zeus to compose an album. But we have seen better of them and we expected more for a band which can pretty much create in a high level of inspiration. It would be awesome for example to include more songs like ‘The Beast Within’, which contains patterns of different music styles and an extreme version of their stoner rock.
|Track List||Line Up||01. The Great Dandolos
02. Second Coming
03. A Girl Named Greed
04. Burn This City Down
06. No Tomorrow
08. Sky High Heels
09. Disappointment Blues
10. The Beast Within
|Babis – Vocals/ Guitars
JayVee – Bass
Yog – Guitars
Syke – Drums