I appreciate when bands try to write songs that are diverse and have a different sound. I understand a lot of bands do not want to pigeon hole themselves into one certain sound or genre. I appreciate that, I really do. However, I also appreciate when those songs are catchy and normally when I hear a band that tries to write songs that stretch across a lot of different genres that is rarely the case. With Zarthas, I feel that while they are talented musicianship wise they spread themselves a little thin trying to write so many songs that are so different from each other.
Reflections contain songs that range from hard rock, grunge, a little punk and one even reminded me a bit of some black metal vocally. The result of this gumbo soup of music is, for me as a listener, I never could fully be engaged in the album. I would hear one song that would sound ok, then the next song would change directions so much I would lose interest. As a result Zarthas sounds like they are directionless and can’t decide what kind of music they are hoping to make.
There are some bright spots on the album however. Namely the song ‘Riot Now’ which I feel is nice punk/hard rock song and captures what I feel is the band’s strongest skillset. Which is making straight ahead hard rock songs. While the album also contains the band’s weak points…which is making grunge type songs which are boring.
While Zarthas has talent, their talent seems to be strongest when they focus on hard rock and not grunge or extreme metal sounds. As a result Reflections tries to lead the listener in too many directions which only results in the listener becoming lost and bored.
Label: Wormhole Death-Dreamcell 11