ZUD are a band from Maine that has been featured before in this zine and plays black metal with elements of blues, classic rock and NWOBHM and this is a review of their self released 2017 album "A Wilderness Left Untamed" which will be released on September 15th.
Nature sounds and spoken word parts start off the album before going into a very fast and raw musical direction which also utilizes a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking while also using a decent amount of melody and mid 70's-early 80's traditional metal elements and all of the musical instruments sound very powerful.
Vocals are mostly grim black metal screams while influences of classic rock are also utilized at times along with the solos and leads also adding in a touch of first wave black metal while on other tracks they also add in touches of blues rock and as the album progresses clean playing can also be heard briefly on a couple of songs as well as two of the tracks being very long and epic in length, on the instrumental Asian style folk instruments are added into the music.
ZUD creates another recording that remains true to the original style of black'n'roll that was established on their previous release, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover death, stairs, insanity, travelling and dream themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from ZUD and if you are a fan of black'n'roll, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Thundercats Don't Play Dead" "Off The Map" and "Chasing The Dragon's Tail". 8 out of 10.