- 15 Feb 18
Tipperary progressive metal outfit release second full length albumEthos, Pathos, Logos. Photography: Olga Kuzmenko
Hailing from Clonmel, the band formed in 2011 and released their first full length album in 2013. The band broke into the international metal scene by winning the Wacken Metal Battle Ireland and playing the German festival in 2016 to a crowd of stein infused enthusiasts.
zhOra’s sound bears resemblance to American bands Mastodon, Fit for an Autopsy, Pantera and Tool - while simultaneously sounding like no one else. The band possesses a great ability to create dense atmosphere through soaring experimental music movements while maintaining a crushing metal sound. With their second album, ‘Ethos, Pathos, Logos’, the band strongly affirm themselves as one of the leading bands in Irish metal today.
The album opens with ‘The Stone’ which sets the tone and provides a clear idea of what’s to come. The opener is a chugging progression to a roaring finale, a fitting introduction to the record. The second track and first single of the album ‘Riverchrist’ is easily the heaviest number on the album. The song feels as if it’s been dragged out from a murky Louisiana swamp with sludging guitars soaked in a visceral energy that resonates.