Monday, February 9, 2009

Zeni Geva - Maximum Money Monster

Label: Pathological
Year: 1990

So, I'm back at the Zeni Geva well, but what can I say, I've been listening to them a ton these last couple of weeks, so I'm under the influence. 
This album gets off on a decidedly Godflesh foot with a 16 minute industrial dirge, and then settles into the repetitious beating that is to be expected from the band. They seldom surface for air once a song has been set to "bludgeon" focusing on driving the song's riff and beat out the back of your skull. There aren't a lot of bands that deliver this type of punishment over the course of a record, so you have to respect their work ethic.
I wonder why more metal "dudes" didn't get into this band. Could it be that their records were never released on a "metal" label, so the heshers missed the boat? Are Zeni Geva the original "hipster metal" band (predating countrymen Boris, and current "hipster metal" poster children by a good 3 years)? You never saw a pair of Zeni Geva sweatpants did you?

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