I’ve always been a bit perplexed by Zozobra, the cross genre musical side-project of Caleb Scofield of Cave In fame. The band was formed in 2006 by Scofield, who has been a member of the sludge super group Old Man Gloom, and for those who know what Zozobra is, you’d know that it is more commonly known as Old Man Gloom. So that means Scofield is involved with two sludge metal bands that share practically the same name. I don’t know, it’s just always been a bit weird to me.
My perplexity aside, I’ve never really given Zozobra the same attention as I have done with Old Man Gloom. Zozobra always seemed more of an off shoot of Old Man Gloom, and I never felt compelled to give them the time of day they deserve. However, after listening to the new record a view time, my curiosity has definitely been piqued, and I think it’s about time I give the band’s previous two albums a few more listens, as it has been ages since I’ve done that.
Going back to the new album, appropriately titled Savage Masters, it’s a really heavy work of sludge metal that has really been getting my blood going. It’s fast paced, hard hitting, and just has so much vitriol that it’s hard not to feel connected to the music. While it is super short, it still has a sense of urgency that a lot of sludge metal lacks, and I’m really glad it has turned out so well. In fact, it sounds much more like Scofield’s main band, Cave In, than the previous Zozobra outings, and that’s not a bad thing at all.
I haven’t decided if I’m going to be reviewing this bad boy or not, but regardless, if you’re interested in listening to some absolutely captivating sludge metal, head over to Lambgoat and give the thing a listen. It’s streaming in full for your enjoyment, free of charge.