Marcello Lan (guitars) and Stefano (drums) are Zolle, an Italian instrumental stoner rock duo whose brand new self-titled release on Supernatural Cat Records packs more riffs and heavy grooves in its 30 minute run time that most bands create in a career. Lan carries the heavy lifting here, delivering a wide assortment of well thought out, crunchy power chords well suited for headbanging and air guitar mayhem. The main problem with Zolle though is, despite the multitude of riff-o-rama, hardly any of these tracks actually qualify as actual songs, and just as they start to get interesting, they are quickly over. It's as if the band recorded some jam sessions and riffs and never bothered to flesh any of them out. It's a real shame as there is some really good stuff here, and the beginnings of some great ideas, but none of them really go anywhere. "Heavy Letam" attempts something of an actual song, and features some super crunchy guitar dirges and tricky drum fills, but just as it starts to pull you in, bang, it ends abruptly.
4 stars for the great riffs, but a 2 for lack of songwriting, so a somewhat middling 3 for the promise that someday these two can flesh out their ideas and really come up with something that puts all the pieces together.
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