Power of Metal.dk Review

Zero Degree
Surreal World
Style: Melodic Death Metal
Release date: 23 March, 2012
Playing time: 50:33

It’s only 2 months into 2012 and already we’re spoilt for choice about what to listen to – this is reflected in the relatively high ratings POM has been dishing out to new releases. Will “Surreal World” fit into this higher echelon of aural pleasure?

Before attempting to answer that question, a bit of trivia might be in order: Zero Degrees released “Surreal World” through their own means back in 2010. Massacre Records sensed a budding potential and is now giving the band’s debut album a proper release. Frankly I can hardly image a better home for Zero Degrees – the band describes their wares as an amalgam of In Flames, Dark Tranquillity and Iron Maiden and that is indeed a perfect description of their music.

Without a doubt, Zero Degrees know how to write good music and in “Surreal World” they sound very tight and very professional. The sound quality, in fact, is superb and rivals that of the aforementioned bands. The main problem I have with this music is that after a while it gets tiresome and begins struggling to maintain your attention. Maybe this comes from a weak organic impact of the album taken as a whole and from a lacking element of grittiness.

“Surreal World” will surely find its way into the hearts of several Metal fans – others who like their Metal shaken and stirred might want to check out the band’s website before purchasing this album.

01. The Door To The Unknown
02. Tomorrow Dies Today
03. Frozen Alive
04. The Storm And The Silence
05. The Grapes Of Wrath
06. Whispering Age
07. Virus
08. Disease
09. Surreal World
10. Where Angels Die
11. The Fog
Label: Massacre Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Chris Galea
Date: 1 March, 2012
Website: www.zerodegreemetal.com