The RedZen
Style: Progressive Metal
Release date: 24 January, 2011
Playing time: 54:43

Instrumental progressive rock with quite some elements of jazz fusion, sounds good does it not? In many ways it is. Well, the album is not entirely instrumental since “Alexa in the Cage” is included in both an instrumental version as well as one that includes vocals. I my opinion this is not necessary since the vocal version does not ad anything to the album and it would have been better to have just included the instrumental version of the track. That would also have helped shorting the album a bit down. The thing is that even if the musicians are very skilled and the musical ideas on the album are very nice Void! tend to feel a bit long.

The feel of long-windedness stems from the fact that all the four Italian musicians that forms The RedZen have not managed to create songs that are very memorable or even just exciting while you listen to them. On top of that there is something about the sound on the album the sound somewhat dated. Mind you, I am big fan of old school progressive rock but here we something that reminds me of the 80’s in the wrong way. 'Void' is still an acceptable album and worth your time and money if you are into this brand of progressive rock.


01. Cluster
02. Hot Wine
03.  Slapdash Dance                   
04.  Alexa in the Cage   (vocal version)
05.  Into the Void
06.  Who's Bisex?
07. Return to Kolkata
08. Spin the Wheel
09. Alexa in the Cage   (instrumental version)

Label: Ma.Ra.Cash Records
Distribution: Ma.Ra.Cash Records
Artwork rating: 78/100
Reviewed by: Steen Schøn
Date: 20 September, 2011