ZEPHYRA – As the World Collapses
Sweden’s Zephyra on their second album "As the World Collapses" see-saw between a modern form of groove metal and electronic infused melodic death metal. Repetitive riffing often matches the aggressive screams/clean juxtaposing for the vocals – making "Virago" and the cyber-groove meets melodic death follow up "My Gift My Curse" instant appeal numbers. It’s clear that they love Amaranthe and Evergrey as much as say The Agonist or Arch Enemy based on the guitar/ keyboard workings, as they will often use dynamic shifts in mood to drop the bottom out of one section to then gain propulsive heaviness for the next ("Only One" illustrating these principles best).
The future looks promising for Zephyra based on this record – especially for those who love powerful grooves in the modern metal context.