Atlanta, Georgia's "psych metal" band ZOROASTER has entered Living Room Studios (MASTODON, THE BLACK LIPS) in the band's hometown to begin recording its new album, "Matador", for a July release via E1 Music. The CD is being produced by Sanford Parker (PELICAN, THE GATES OF SLUMBER) and will be mastered by Collin Jordan (BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW, NACHTMYSTIUM) at The Boiler Room in Chicago, Illinois.
The drums and bass for "Matador" are being laid to tape at Atlanta's Glow in the Dark Studios. Housed in the former location of the renowned Cheshire Sound Studios — the first dual 24 track facility in the Southeast — the recording complex has been home to projects featuring Prince, THE GEORGIA SATELLITES, Steve Walsh and more.
Commented ZOROASTER guitarist/vocalist Will Fiore, "As a whole, these are the strongest songs we've ever put together and they really encompass everything we've done until now as a band. There are some really heavy, slow creepers and some of the faster, more driving songs.
"The new material ranges from really aggressive to more melodic and trippy.
"It's going to be a pretty straight-forward rock album and I think it's what we wanted to create with both 'Dog Magic' and 'Voice of Saturn' rolled into one," offers drummer Dan Scanlan. "There will be a lot of shorter tracks that are very straightforward and hard-hitting — it's a lot less of a droning record than what people are expecting.
"The album title 'Matador' sums up the feel of the album perfectly. It's an 'epic' sort of title; strong and powerful, but graceful."
ZOROASTER will debut a number of new songs at its upcoming SXSW (South By Southwest) live performances, which kick off on Wednesday, March 17 as part of the Action! PR SXSW Showcase (@ Mohawk: 912 Red River St., Austin, TX). The all-ages event will be open to the public as well as SXSW badge and wristband holders.
ZOROASTER, the Atlanta-based group who has been called "one of the U.S.'s most promising metal bands" while drawing stark comparisons to GODFLESH, SLEEP and the MELVINS, formed in Atlanta in 2003 out of the need for "sedation by high volumes and low frequencies."
In addition to Fiore and Scanlan, ZOROASTER features bassist/vocalist Brent Anderson.