ZUD are a band from Portland, Maine that plays black metal mixed in with some blues, classic rock and NWOBHM influences and this is a review of their self titled 2013 album "The Good, The Bad And The Damned".
Song one "Portal To Infinity" starts of with some spoken word elements and distorted parts along with some female vocals and spoken word parts which is also a perfect intro to the album.
Song two "Skull Shaped Hell" starts off with some acoustic guitars before heading into a heavy blues rock guitar solo before going into a more primitive black metal direction with some grim sounding screams and deep death metal growls making their appearance along with some catchy riffing before switching into some NWOBHM influenced black metal along with some thrash elements then the song goes into a more classic rock direction with some powerful bass riffing and old school rock style drumming along with some southern rock style guitar solos which remain that will for a long time before closing the song with a blast beat from the drums.
Song Three "Blood and Twilight" starts of with a punk rock style black metal riff before going into a more proto metal direction with the guitar solo, then the grim screams start kicking in with the music shifting more towards black'n'roll while retaining the classic rock elements before shifting into some acoustic guitars which use finger picking and full chords then back to the primitive black metal riffs which utilize some powerful drumming in those areas while also bringing back the southern rock style guitar solos which adds to the originality of the music while the song closes with some drunken spoken word parts.
Song four "The Junction" starts off with a very old school sounding melodic black metal riffs with a very cold atmosphere, before the blast beat, and grim vocals kick in making this the most black metal sounding song on the album along with some dark lyrics before switching to some spoken word parts and blues rock guitar leads while style retaining the grim black metal approach, then the song starts going for a more a more catchy black/thrash mode along with some powerful drumming and blast beats as well as some heavy bass riffs combined with some classic rock/metal guitar solos.
Song five "Dendrite Fumes" starts off with some spoken word parts and psychedelic sounding acoustic guitar riffs which combine finger picking with full chords while the electric guitar in the background a classic rock feeling into the song and the heavier riffs along with the black metal screams kick in, which leads up to the mid paced riffing and melodic guitar leads, shortly after that the drums and guitars start getting faster with some blast beats before the song goes more into rock'n'roll direction along with the return of the spoken word parts which stay that way for a few minutes before closing the album and song with some clean playing.
In my opinion Zud are a very great sounding hybrid of black metal and blues rock along with a great production for a self released recording where you can hear all of the musical instruments, and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED BUY.