Review: Zen Juddhism, Zen Juddhism
Zen Juddhism, Zen Juddhism
Having spent years in the band HYBRID 6.0 in Southampton, the guitarist for that band, Jude Ωne Eight, decided to create his own music. That music has a very different feel from the band he has been associated with for so long. The music created by Jude Ωne Eight contains a lot more rock and roll feel to it as it focuses more on his guitar. However, his solo style also allows for the musician to shape his using whatever influences he wants.
In order to release his own music, Jude Ωne Eight exists under the moniker of Zen Juddhism. In Zen Juddhism, Jude Ωne Eight plays the guitar and bass and is joined by various other musicians to help bring the music to life. Having the different musicians on the tracks of the self-titled release adds a nice variety to the music.
The self-titled release from Zen Juddhism begins with the track “Chocolate Cake”. To bring the lyrics of the song to life, the track features Marlene Rodriguez on vocals. The track is rather heavy and is very hard hitting. The energy of the music on the track along with Rodriguez’s vocal delivery combines to create a very strong track.
“Private Banks (So Cold)” is the second track on the release. The style of the music of the track changes to something a little heavier with more of a 1980s Rock flavor to it. The track features Opkar Hans on vocals. While “Chocolate Cake” is more about the power of the music, “Private Banks (So Cold)” is much more commercial. The track features a chorus that is fun to listen to and very infectious. It could easily be one of the strongest tracks on the album.
Zen Juddhism’s self-titled release continues with the track “Want to Be Free”. Just like the track before it, “Want to Be Free” contains a very strong commercial Rock feel with a driving pace to it. The vocals from Naomi Terry may remind some of female rockers like Ann Wilson from Heart. The easy vocal delivery from Naomi Terry and the driving feel of the music work well together as the track is yet another shining moment on the album.
As the album continues, the song “Concrete Beat” brings forward one of Jude Ωne Eight’s influences. The song brings to mind something from the band Garbage as the track has a very infectious feel to the music and a beat that would be great for dancing to. The track once again features vocalist Marlene Rodriguez that helps to bring some of that Garbage influence to life. The fun and energetic track keeps the feel of the album fresh.
Bringing a much harder musical approach to the album, the track “Heart Removal” is a song that pushes the music of Zen Juddhism into a much harder musical vein. The track features screaming guitars as well as screaming vocals from vocalist Andy Thomas. The harsher vocal delivery from Thomas and the faster pace of the song sets the track apart from anything else that came before it, giving the listener something much different than “Want to Be Free” or “Chocolate Cake”.
Taking the energy down just a little bit from the track before, Zen Juddhism’s self-titled release heads off in a different direction once again on the track “Clash from Oblivion”. The track features a strong Rock base but also features a bit of Hip-Hop flavor at the same time as the band is joined by an MC by the name of Lord Lav. The Rock/Hip-Hop combination on the track creates yet another track on the album that sets itself apart from everything else that came before it. The track proceeds as Lord Lav speaks of existing in a state of darkness and then the “Zombie Choir” joins in to bring “life” to the chorus of the track. “Clash from Oblivion” is a track that will speak to many of today’s youth and will be popular among many different music fans because of the Hip-Hop/Rock crossover in the music.
The self-titled release from Zen Juddhism switches from one genre of music to the next throughout the entire length of the release. And because of the changing of styles, you are almost assured of finding a song that will speak to you, no matter what your musical preferences are.
Reviewer: Matheson Kamin
Rating: **** (four stars)