Friday, May 20, 2016

Planet of Zeus: Loyal to the Pack

PLANET OF ZEUS: Loyal To The Pack
Band Evolving
Planet of Zeus keeps evolving with each album, but "Loyal To The Pack" is their most drastic jump to date.  I felt they had made the "big leagues" with their 2014 release "Vigilante", which is as good a hard rock album as you will find.  Check out the title track from "Vigilante" and see if you don't think that "Greek Clutch" is a good nickname for Planet of Zeus during this time: (video appropriately set to a prison riot)

Now with "Loyal To The Pack", Planet of Zeus has shifted direction, from relentless ass-kicking riffs to a more subtle and complex musical palette, while maintaining a level of energy and heaviness. There are quite a few greats here but let's go with "Sea Bastards".  What a contrast from Vigilante, yet do you agree it kicks plenty of ass, but in a subtler way?
 Here's another of my new favorites from the new album, "Your Love Makes Me Wanna Hurt Myself".  If FM stations actually sought out awesome new rock to play, this tune would likely see some airplay:

Anyhow, "Vigilante" will always hold a special place in my heart for its pure aggressive perfection.  I'm not sure at this point where I rate "Loyal To The Pack" in relation to it, but I can tell you the two are hands down my #1 and #2  Planet of Zeus albums, in some order.  

Planet of Zeus:
Babis Papanikolaou: Vocals, Guitar
Stelios Provis: Guitars, Vocals
Giannis Vrazos: Bass, Vocals
Serafeim Giannakopoulos: Drums, Percussion, Vocals

You can get their whole discography (4 albums) for 27.20 euros ($30.51) on their bandcamp page if you are so inclined (all four are worthy).  Until next time     -ULTRA

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