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Boomkat Product Review:
Roman free-metal no-wavers Zu have been known for their high profile collaborations, embarking upon joint ventures with such avant-garde heroes as Thurston Moore, Damo Suzuki, Han Bennink, Ken Vandermark and Mats Gustafsson, plus members The Stooges and Fugazi along the way. It's not especially unexpected then that Carboniferous, the band's Ipecac debut, features collaborations with Melvins main man King Buzzo and professional guest vocalist (and Ipecac honcho) Mike Patton. The two veterans of all things avant-metal must feel entirely at home in the noisy, grindcore whirlpool the Italian band harness, and the combination of an overdriven rhythm section with an unruly sax yields hugely satisfying results. throughout, keeping the energy levels painfully high right up until the grisly conclusory track 'Orc', in which Patton takes up vocals and electronics, improv-ing it out, Middle Earth style.