Monday, March 14, 2016



Appropriately-enough formed in October of 2010, Zamboni is a punk-infused crossover/thrash metal band whose two founding members (Robert Orr-guitar, vox, mixing, engineering and Chris Butera-bass, vox, artwork) hail from Brooklyn, NY and Wantage, NJ. The self-titled "Zamboni" is this quirky band's first full-length album and it follows in the footsteps of 2013's "Sucks! The Stupid EP" and a couple of releases from 2011*. On this flat-out fun (!) nine-track album we're treated to a vast array of influences that range from thrash (Testament, Exodus, Kreator, Overkill, Megadeth, Lääz Rockit, Anthrax, and Forbidden) to crossover (The Accused, C.O.C., Suicidal Tendencies, M.O.D., Cryptic Slaughter, Leeway, and D.R.I. ) with a few cool odds and ends (Carnivore, Dead Kennedys, S.N.F.U., October 31, and The Ramones) tossed in for good measure! While "Zamboni" itself features a pair of guest drummers (and good ones at that!) in a live setting members Robert Orr and Chris Butera will utilize a drum machine from this point forward. That's neither here nor there really as "Zamboni" is the subject at hand and this is one hell of a groovy topic that you are going to want to invest time in over and over again! With great song titles like "Nuclear Hatred", "Brain Hemorrhage", "Norman Bates", "Killer Croc", "Stick em", and "World War Z" you should have a pretty good idea of what you're getting yourself into ahead of time, but just in case let's just say that a album like "Zamboni" could effortlessly sit between Slayer and S.O.D. in your collection! You can pre-order this short but sweet album by clicking on this link. Incidentally that same link will give you a chance to hear the awesome crossover/street metal number that is "The Greater Evil" and it's just one of many cool tunes that make up this highly-recommend debut album from Zamboni!

* In 2011 alone the band released a demo entitled "Blood on the Ice", the aptly-titled "Mother of the Resistance EP," and the self-explanatory album, "Live Stupidity". Zamboni's back-catalog can be downloaded for free by heading over to the group's bandcamp page that is provided below. 


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