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9/10 Nick Smith Customer review, 9th March 2014
Ceremony are the future of punk rock. It's that simple. Few bands capture the spirit of classic punk but deliver a modern interpretation, more often than not they cite Black Flag as an influence and believe DIY recording should sound like a cassette recorder placed in a room and that's it...this is not the truth, allot more intelligence is needed to entice punk and hardcore enthusiasts these days and Ceremony know it. "Zoo" is the Californianites 7th release in total since their Ruined EP back in 2005, and it really sounds like a different band all together on first listen. Previously an abrasive, short sharp angry band whose songs rarely reached beyond the minute mark. From the off Zoo is the opposite if this, longer songs, more post punk influence and almost melodic vocals in comparison. First track Hysteria is an all out Stooges meets Fugazi approach, rumbling basslines, repetitive drum patterns and a shouty chorus that sticks in your head upon completion. Punchy, rocking and punk exactly how you want it. The guitars continue to soar into Citizen, still heavily clean in comparison to their earlier output but no less intense...it shows the progression this band has taken in its previous years and delivers a fast paced (we still love the Cro Mags) edge, but it's like they merged with Wire and the Jesus Lizard for a song, raw, short and catchy as fudge! Repeating The Circle harnesses that Fugazi style once more with a 4 minute song that just repeats itself, low down, reserved and all the more experimental. It reminds you where they are from and how far they have come since the bands inception. World Blue is the breaking point on the record, they cannot resist "the riff" and shortness of a good song, it's definitely a highlight on the record and embodies everything bands like The Clash were doing...Fucked Up would also be recognised as nodding towards traditional punk in this way and you can tell Ceremony haven't forgotten their roots. Buy this.
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