Ouroboric’s album release Dead-boy: Zero is a scream into the dark; a lashing out at an uncaring system; a playful look at the issues in this life, and I must say, I enjoyed the journey. There are some great smaller melodies that come through in this album and the voice and extremely varied. I love the death screams (surprise!) and the more vulnerable voice will satisfy most people who ‘don’t like that screaming crap’. I might take an issue with the dullness of the drums, but I guess this is a bit of a nod to more punkish roots. A similar comment could be made about the capturing of the guitars. I’d love these guys to be pushed through their paces by an unwavering producer who tries to get the best out of each of the performances. Essentially, the album is an interesting exploration into what a nu-wave of nu-metal could be.
And there might be some people out there that look at that sentence and become a little worried, but I assure you, this album is great fun. Straddled punk rock and metal with some singing catchy choruses, I would say there is something for everyone on this release. It is just terrifically playful and fun. If they can pull it off live, it would slay. Suitable for those who still believe alternative metal is king.
Release Year: 2020
Reviewed by Liam Frost-Camilleri