Zebrahead are back with 'MFZB', their follow-up to 2000's excellent 'Playmate of the Year', and produces an effort that shows the band developing into a mature outfit.
While the idea of rap metal
is one that might raise an eyebrow, Zebrahead tosses in enough hooks and strong
melodies to carry the day for any glam fan. They expand on the music of 'Playmate
of the Year', confidently playing a wide variety of songs ranging from beautiful
slow tempos to those that sometimes border on nu-metal. The true strength of
Zebrahead remains, as always, with the vocal ability of singer Justin Mauriello
and rapper Ali Tabatabaee. Their chemistry creates explosive dynamics that pushes
this collection of songs above and beyond the quality of your average rap-metal
band (I'd try to compare their sound to a band to give you an idea of what to
expect, but I can't think of anyone that sounds like them), so all I will say
for those looking to expand their musical tastes, this CD is truly
worth a shot.
by Lycan Davis
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