“I started writing the lyrics for ‘Tailor’ set on condemning materialism and commercialism. This then led me to write a song about slave labor but halfway through I realized how hypocritical I was being when I looked back at all the stuff I use on a daily basis being rooted in that industry and culture.” — Zachary Andrews, SANZU
Heavy Over The Home is the debut release from Perth, Australia’s SANZU. Initially self-released in 2015 to widespread critical acclaim, Heavy Over The Home is now being re-issued worldwide via Listenable Records on CD and limited edition orange vinyl. This updated version includes revised artwork as well as their Painless EP serving as bonus tracks and will be available on May 13th, 2016 in Europe followed by a North American release of May 20th, 2016. Preorders are currently available HERE.
In advance of its release, today Decibel Magazine undrapes the official new lyric video for the track “Tailor,” championing the band’s knack for, “building up from a base of death metal with progressive flourishes and wrecking ball grooves to create a final product that will appeal to fans of the weightier moments of Gojira.”
Issues vocalist Zachary Andrews of the track’s lyrical components, “When I first heard this track, I was instantly struck by its mechanical sounding riffs. It sounded like archaic clock work to me. This gave me the strange mental image of the Seven Dwarfs gleefully working in unison, but inside some big evil factory in some twisted and grim setting. I started writing the lyrics for ‘Tailor’ set on condemning materialism and commercialism. This then led me to write a song about slave labor but halfway through I realized how hypocritical I was being when I looked back at all the stuff I use on a daily basis being rooted in that industry and culture. The song ended up taking a turn to be far more sarcastic than I had planned. I guess in the end I was purging some of my own guilt for buying crap that I don’t need and turning a blind eye to it when convenient.”
Feel bad about the crap you own with “Tailor,” now playing at Decibel HERE.
SANZU is a unique beast that has unleashed heavy music in a way that utilizes diversity and originality without straying too far from its death metal foundation. Melodic saw blade riffs meet savage basslines and earth quaking percussion manifesting a rhythm section that thunders and grooves in unison with unrestrained vocal assaults akin to some malformed diabolic beast MetalSucks likened to Gojira and Morbid Angel.
Fueled by a fiery DIY ethic, the band self-released one EP entitled Painless and their debut full-length, Heavy Over The Home, in 2015 to widespread underground approval. Killyourstereo.com praised, “one of the most invigorating and engaging records,” of that year adding, “On Heavy Over The Home, clever progressive elements collide with the ferocity and savagery of traditional death metal.” No Clean Singing concurred, “The overall package provides one of the heaviest, deepest, and most intimately rewarding (not to mention crushing) listening experiences I’ve had all year. Let’s hear it for SANZU… the undisputed masters of southern hemisphere hydro-groove.” MetalSucks gushed, “Very much in the same vein as bands like Morbid Angel and Gojira, SANZU‘s Heavy Over The Home is the kind of album that’s so weighty and forceful you feel as though you might be flattened just listening to it; it’s beyond marching elephants, it’s elephants marching on top of you. Now that is heavy!,” while VS-webzine noted, “Heavy Over The Home is one of the sensations of this year-end 2015… do not miss SANZU.”
For further info on SANZU in North America contact firstname.lastname@example.org.