Zayn, a four piece from Bjelovar in Croatia, have quite a challenge as with any new band playing this stylistically demanding music. They either need to add something exciting and original to the genre, or be so bloody good at delivering captivating instrumental rock (that visits quite a few genres) in its conventional form that they stand head and shoulders above the oceans of ordinariness that surround them. While they will not win any awards for innovation, third release Fields of God does in fact rise most convincingly from the latter category, and has enough variation in its eight tracks to keep interest levels high.
Beginning with the short intro “14,1,” Zayn expertly marry the sludgy histrionics of Panopticon era Isis to the noise rock sensibilities of Melvins. Zayn do not fuck about with long intros, and like to get on with the business at hand, with only one track passing the 6 minute mark. This makes for a more urgent and also provides a much more organic feel to the band’s playing.
In addition to Isis and Melvins you can undoubtedly hear the massive influence of Cult of Luna, Mono, Mastodon, all the major names, but Zayn somehow manage to put a unique stamp on this rather derivative framework.
Zayn have risen far above the sum of their influences, and delivered a very fine instrumental rock album. Check it out!