ARTIST:

LIZZARD

(FRANCE)
TITLE:

ERODED

(2021)
LABEL:

PELAGIC

GENRE:

ALTERNATIVE METAL

TAGS:
Groovy
"First summit in their career, "Eroded" synthesizes all LizZard in a fluid and coherent disc furnished with accessible and particularly melodic titles. The first big sensation of this year 2021."
NUNO777 (19.02.2021)  
5/5
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Like the lizard from which it takes its name, LizZard changes skin with each album. Very similar to Tool in its early days and later on taking a more atmospheric path, the French band took a more direct turn in "Shift". It took only two years for them to come back to us with their new album entitled "Eroded".

On this fifth album, LizZard unambiguously pursues its logic of conciseness, freeing itself in a certain way from the shackles of complexity. The trio can thus focus on other aspects that are no less demanding to implement, which consist in doing better with less if possible. Is the approach totally conscious or rather guided by instinct? We would lean towards the second option because it fits perfectly with the spirit of this fluid and catchy, luminous and addictive record.

From 'Blowdown' and 'The Decline', it is the song aspect that is emphasized and for which LizZard delivers a copy full of accuracy, of which each passage is obvious. There are no flaws, the melodies are particularly well done ('The Decline' and its pop chorus, 'Flood') without sophistication and with the right amount of choruses, the arrangements are concise and frictionless, the rhythmic ideas bring a great vitality to the tracks (the cymbals of 'Flood', the groove of 'Haywire' and 'Flood') and the riffs follow one another, all more creative the ones than the others ('Haywire' and its three superimposed guitars, 'Flood', the funky 'Hunted').

There is a deep change of atmosphere when resounds the melancholic and bewitching 'Eroded' whose arpeggios and twilight tone bring a side "Book Of Shadows" of Zakk Wylde. With two atmospheric interludes framing a heavy and monolithic 'Blue Moon', some of whose features could remind Klone, the beautiful dynamics of the beginning lose its bite but the effect of switching to a final with darker sensations is perfectly rendered. It is 'Avalanche' who has the great responsibility to close a record that one would wish to be endless. LizZard finishes his work as he started it, with the same concern for finesse and fluidity, although 'Avalanche' is more elaborate in its constitution, but with an exacerbated emotional intensity.

If the trajectory LizZard followed in 'Eroded' had been introduced to us by the last album, we would not have expected such a successful implementation. If each record of the Frenchmen brings its contribution in the evolution of the group, "Eroded" can be considered as a referential record that could mark a decisive step in the turn of the future work of the group.


More informations on http://www.lizzard.fr/





TRACK LISTING:
01. Corrosive
02. Blowdown
03. Haywire
04. Flood
05. Hunted
06. The Decline
07. Eroded
08. Usque Ad Terram
09. Blue Moon
10. Inertia
11. Avalanche

LINEUP:
Katy Elwell: Batterie
Mathieu Ricou: Chant / Guitares
William Knox: Basse
   
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PROGRACER
01/03/2021
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Bien que je déteste l'expression, "Eroded" ressemble à l'album de la maturité pour Blizzard. Leur plus grande réussite à ce jour. Un album complet, puissant, mélodique et addictif.
NEWF
20/02/2021
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Bien d'accord avec Nuno, cet album est la première baffe de 2021. Un petit bijou qui puise ses influences dans les 90's (de RHCP à Alice In Chains) pour en faire une vraie réussite de rock moderne, aux riffs accrocheurs, aux mélodies intenses et aux compositions particulièrement soignées. Une réussite totale.
CALGEPO
20/02/2021
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LizZard signe un album remarquable par sa densité et son interprétation. Un groupe totalement investi et franchement sympathique.
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