You could probably count on one hand the amount of female led metal bands who are producing music at the moment. So, when the opening line of Zoltar Speaks new EP ‘Treatment’ came thundering out in a female tone, it was a refreshing shock to my ear drums. I know what you might be thinking, that Zoltar Speaks are just another Rolo Tomassi, iwrestledabearonce or Paramore, but you couldn’t be more wrong. Although the bands above may be excellent at what they do, Zoltar Speaks are not another screamo or hardcore band. They make melodic metal with all the great aspects of the genre, but with powerful anthemic bellows instead of throat rupturing screams.
Straight out of cider drenched Somerset, Zoltar Speaks are giving nu-metal a back to basics makeover. Named after the machine that curses Tom Hanks in the film Big, their powerhouse riffs and thunderous vocals courtesy of vocalist Louise Body make for a different sort of listen. Citing influences as diverse as Pantera, Skunk Anansie and Coheed & Cambria, the quintet are certainly making an impressive noise.
‘Treatment’ is the band’s first EP and although blisteringly short, the offering shows plenty of promise. The riff work of guitarists Jason Coles and Ollie Smith hark back to earlier and more classic metal era, such as the electrifying solo that bursts out of nowhere on ‘The Best Revenge’ and everyone loves a good solo, right? The band aren’t just regurgitating old sounds either. They do their very best to intertwine the best of old and new metal. ‘How Could You Blame?’ goes from feeling mostly thrashy throughout to a sing-a-long belter almost seamlessly, whilst ‘The Best Revenge’ and ‘Treatment’ make excellent use of smartly timed beatdowns to firmly reiterate that they are a metal band at heart.
If you like your metal particularly furious in the vocal department then ‘Treatment’ may not be for you. Apart from a couple of little outbursts, the EP is spurred on by Louise Body‘s electrifying vocals. There’s real power and passion in the way that she sings and sounds more convincing than some male dominated bands doing the rounds at the moment. Only on the last track ‘Treatement’ do you get a taste of her softer side as she opens the song more like a ballad rather than a pulsating rock beast.
A promising start for a technically brilliant band, this is an EP to get into if you long for a more nostalgic sound. If feisty and head strong female vocalists are your thing, you’d be an idiot to miss out.
Written by Steven Potter