Press - Reviews
07th July 2008
Zoom Code review, Nocturnal Hall

Zoom Code
CD, My Kingdom Music, 2008

When it comes to metal, as a female fan, I am always interested in metal bands that have female members in them. I did not know that was the case with THANATOSCHIZO until I received their CD Zoom Code. THANATOSCHIZO has been around since 1998. Calling Portugal their home, Zoom Code is the sixth release for this band that has six members. As I slipped the CD in my player I was greeted by a keyboard intro, then a heavy beat with a guitar sounds that was definitely different, but kind of under mindedly low in the mix. And then Patricia Rodrigues voice hit me. It is beautiful and soothing, and not a menacing tone to it. Think along the lines of Cristina Scabbia. Then another voice hit me, it was the male counterpart of Eduardo Paulo, who also handles the guitars. Now if this isn’t a knock off of Lacuna Coil I don’t know what is. Eduardo is the vocal dark to Patricia’s vocal light. He not only does clean singing but also death metal growling, sort of sounds a bit like Opeth’s Mikael Akerfeldt at times.

Zoom Code has some interesting songs on it. The song simply titled L. starts out with a Middle Eastern influenced guitar riff and keyboards ride right along with it. Then comes death metal vocals and then Patricia’s vocals take hold of the song and change it into an awe inspiring duel between the angel and the devil. I must say the music is quite experimental, if I must describe it, it’s a bit like Porcupine Tree and Lacuna Coil wrapped together. Each song has a different feel to it, from jazzy one minute, to hard rocking beats with metal guitar licks the next. Sometimes, with the keyboards, it even gets dreamy and puts you in a trance. If I were to classify this type of music, I would not consider it Death Metal. Progressive yes, but Death Metal no. I would say it is more Progressive Metal. Yes, there are the Death Metal vocals, but the lyrical content doesn’t deal with the typical lyrics of a death metal band. The lyrics here deal with dreams and are presented in a dreamlike poetry. Listening to Zoom Code is actually very calming.

Overall, fans of the progressive genre and fans of female singers in the vein of Lacuna Coil will totally dig THANATOSCHIZO’s Zoom Code. As for me, I will give any female in metal my thumbs up.
5 CDs + 1 EP + T-shirt
€50.00 / $65.00