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Lizzard: Intricate rhythmical patterns and catchy song constructs….

Lizzard - Eroded

In early 2021 the album Eroded comes as a strong, hopeful voice expressing the suppressed yearning for an end of this madness which we all carry inside. Back in 2012 Lizzard recorded with Rhys Fulber in L.A. (Paradise Lost, Fear Factory, Front Line Assembly…) who confesses his love for their marvelous poly-rhythmical sound. It is true that Lizzard songwriting is distinguished by at times intricate rhythmical patterns, but these are always woven into the fabric of immensely catchy song constructs. The technical prowess here is well concealed behind the glaring allure of the immediacy of raw, in your face rock music.

Formed in 2006, when Katy Elwell (drums), William Knox (bass) and Mathieu Ricou (guitar & vocals) met and discovered that they shared a common vision in music, Lizzard

Lizzard soon set out to work on their sound with a mission to find their own idiosyncratic approach to contemporary rock music – music that makes confident reference to the past without romanticizing it. In many ways, Eroded is a trip back to the best parts of the 90’s, but in the sound of 2021.

Sophomore album Majestic was released in 2014 and met with great critical acclaim: a more spontaneous and raw affair compared to its predecessor, recorded live and produced by the band themselves, the album captures the intense energy the band unleashes on stage.

«We’re very much a live band creatively speaking», says bass player Will Knox. «All of the writing sessions happen in our rehearsal space rather than at home. We believe that to capture any vibe, the chemistry between members needs to occur in real time… at least for us».

Shift, released in 2018, opened new doors for the French trio: «Lizzard accomplish the perfect balancing act between music that is challenging and catchy in equal measure», Metal Hammer raved. The band opened for Gojira and Terry Bozzio who invited them to perform on Drum Channel, and embarked on month-long European tours with the likes of High On Fire, The Pineapple Thief and the Andrian Belew Power Trio.

Recorded and produced with Peter Junge during a long month of voluntary isolation at the legendary Castle Studios in Germany, Eroded brings a light at the end of the tunnel: «The vibe on the album is generally one of hope and an invitation to stay alert to the light within ourselves, and to keep moving towards brighter destinations».

Bring on the future and for once, let it be the past, as we knew it before the pandemic.

Tracklist

1. Corrosive (2:12)

2. Blowdown (4:34)

3. Haywire (5:15)

4. Flood (4:02)

5. Hunted (3:22)

6. The Decline (4:29)

7. Eroded (5:48)

8. Usque Ad Terram (2:07)

9. Blue Moon (5:36)

10. Inertia (1:37)

11. Avalanche (5:20)

Total Time 44:22

Line-up

Katy Elwell – drums

William Knox – bass

Mathieu Ricou – guitar & vocals

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (5231 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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