Boomkat Product Review:
Members of von Spar, Cologne Tape and Battles do metal proper for Magazine. Crato melds their efforts into a viscous metal drone piece on the other side. Think Death, Ministry, Earth, Napalm Death, Misery Index, Morbid Angel, Sepultura.
“For more than ten years close friends and metal heads Phillip Tielsch (von Spar) and Mario Katz (Cologne Tape) met for guitar sessions, trying to “find the essence of their favourite metal records* and digest in their own sound“. Quite ambitious but without any release plans so far... Magazines Jens-Uwe Beyer found out about their project and pushed them to produce an uncompromising condensate of their raw material. Beyer cut here and there, contributed some additional production and also got John Stanier (Battles) in the boat for the drums.
So ZON became a band and "Palace" became the most intense and sharp edged instrumental metal set you probably heard in years!
Crato's B-side counterpart, a 27min drone ambient interpretation of the ZON material, completes this literally thrilling album and makes it – wrapped up by John Harten's unique artwork series – another MAGAZINE release at its best."