MEKONG DELTA — The Music of Erich Zann (review)

MEKONG DELTA — The Music of Erich Zann album cover Album · 1988 · Technical Thrash Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4.5/5 ·
The Spotlight Kid
Mekong Delta are one of those bands that manages to stand apart, creating music which is truly unique in sound, scope and approach and "The Music Of Erich Zann" is no exception. In fact it might be the bands most ambitious offering in terms of their controlled insanity. Granted that the vocals by Keil can be a deal breaker for some with his totally bizarre and unique approach, however that's one of my favorite elements of this first incarnation of Mekong Delta's career. Sometimes singers come along who aren't conventionally good singers but they are so weird and unique in their delivery and ideas that they become just as captivating as those vocal gods we all know and love and Keil fits that mold for me on the first 3 Mekong Delta albums but especially here. I feel like this album gets unfairly maligned because yes the production is horribly thin and small sounding, however if you can look past that aspect the rewards are great. The crazy riffs, insane drumming, percolating bass lines and extravagant vocals make for a totally unique and wild ride. Harnessing the horror of Lovecraft, Mekong Delta created an album that while not for everyone is so loaded with creativity and originality and just down right bizarre coolness that for those with an adventurous spirit this album is sure to become a favorite as it has for me. a technical thrash metal classic.
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Vim Fuego wrote:
55 days ago
it's a fucking mad album this one, even now. Well ahead of it's time, which is perhaps why the band didn't really get the notice it should.
UMUR wrote:
55 days ago
I think you describe the sound of the album really well....I´m just one of those who have a hard time looking past the thin sounding production job, and the rather "unique" sounding vocals :-).

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