Album Review: Planet Of Zeus – “Vigilante”
I have to be honest and say I’d not heard anything by Greek rockers Planet Of Zeus before. I completely missed their previous albums, and I was oblivious to their two European tours. Besides thinking “great name” I had absolutely no idea what to expect. As it turns out, Vigilante is pretty damn good. Planet Of Zeus export a brand of riff heavy, groove laden, southern-influenced rock ‘n’ roll which, while not the most original sound, still packs enough punch to be worth checking out.
Opening salvo The Great Dandolos sets the precedent for the rest of the record, with bottom-end heavy guitars, and singer Babis flicking between clean and shouty vocals. He manages to range from Neil Fallon-esque clean to sounding like a possessed man channelling Phil Anselmo.
The influence of Clutch is clear, and this is most noticeable on tracks like the raw Second Coming or the funky A Girl Named Greed. While they certainly do more than tip their proverbial hat to Clutch, Planet Of Zeus should not be dismissed as mere wannabes. As one of the best-selling acts in Greece (and having been around for over 14 years now) they must have more to their sound. On the evidence here, I’m pleased to say they most certainly do.
With tracks like Burn This City Down (not a cover of the Ginger Wildheart song), a straightforward, unashamed, full throttle rock ‘n’ roll number, No Tomorrow, a grunge-like ballad, and the stoner rock of Disappointment Blues, Planet Of Zeus show they are more than capable of mixing up their sound. While it doesn’t always work, like the bizarre CKY sounding album closer The Beast Within, you’re still left with an album which is a decent slab of rock ‘n’ roll goodness.
If you like riffs, then Vigilante is the album for you with its heavy, groovy, southern-influenced rock 'n' roll. While the similarities to Clutch are apparent and Vigilante is by no means perfect, there is enough here to take Planet Of Zeus beyond mere wannabe status. With a reportedly incendiary live show and some excellent songs here, I’m excited to see what the future holds.