JUDE ONE EIGHT: ZEN JUDDHISM ALBUM REVIEW- 'Offering eleven diverse and well composed rock songs'- Dats Muzik
As this album has influences of Led Zeppelin, Blondie and Garbage to name a few, you will hear some guitar sweep picking, dual chiming guitar lines, strumming of bass playing, drums slowly trembling the cymbals and rapid fire drumming. Collaborations with some vocalists, where Zen Juddhism, aka Jude One Eight, writes and co- writes these rock songs with them on this album, Zen Juddhism.
The opening track Chocolate Cake sees the British guitarist and songwriter team up with vocalist Marlene Rodriguez. The song has an interesting Brit-rock stomp with a repetitive opening riff within eight seconds and then a long gritty note, which seamlessly blends with the bass and drums. Guitarist, Zen Juddhism, which makes you visualise a competent player, plays the solo part.
The combination of the drums quickly trembling the cymbals and guitar playing a memorable hook, starts the beginning of the second track Private Banks (So Cold). This catchy hook grabs your attention throughout and the vocals are by Opkar Hans. Zen Juddhism shows of his talent, in his solo part, that plays some low and high-pitched notes.
Want To Be Free, Clash From Oblivion, and Am I Alive are the next few tracks meanwhile Concrete Beat positions itself as the most stand out track, gently encouraging people to listen to the rest of the album.
Mid tempo vocals and some passion are what Naomi Terry brings to this song Hold. ''Just want to hold you in my arms. You wear a heart shaped necklace, engraved I remember what it says’’… Weather it touches your heart or not, just some of these lyrics will go to your subconscious and you’ll remember it.
That grittiness and raspiness from Andy Thomas, makes his voice distinctive, and is the forefront of this track Heart Removal. The short and sharp repetitive riff throughout will instantly make you recognize the song anywhere you listen to it… You’ll be thinking to yourself ‘I’ve heard this song from somewhere. I’ve heard it before. What’s that guys name? Aaahh Zen Juddhism’.
Green Eyes, East and Temporary are the last tracks from Zen Juddhism’s album plus all the songs leap from soft rock to hard core.
Ultimately with Zen Juddhism guitar and bass playing, these eleven songs, with a variety of vocalists, would not be the same without him. It proves that he’s a great guitar player and creates some sounds, which stand out but nevertheless a few other tracks are what you would expect from the rock genre. Everybody’s version of rock music differs. Some like it smooth with soft vocals. Some like it hard core with loud vocals. This album has a mixture of both but have a listen and then make your own opinion.
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Written by Francetta Evans- Anfom for Dats Muzik December 26th 2014