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Classic Album Review: Zen Guerrilla | Shadows on the Sun

The Seattle outfit drop a 14-track barnburner of R&B-fuelled, blues-drenched rawk.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Not too many punks know how to get down. And even the few who do can’t pull it off like Seattle’s Zen Guerrilla do on their supremely heavy — and supremely groovy — Shadows on the Sun.

A 14-track barnburner of R&B-fuelled, blues-drenched rawk a la The BellRays and MC5, Shadows on the Sun is a hip-shaking, afro-tossing, pork-chop sideburn-wearing collection of chunky cowbell boogie, wah-wah pedal and Marshall stack guitar waves, honking blues harp licks and big-lunged bellowing from singer Marcus Durant about “sonic happenings.” Shadows on the Sun is where the hard-hitting proto-metal of the ’60s meets the turbocharged stoner rock of the ’90s and mutates into the sound of tomorrow. Get with it or get out of the way, chump.