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Kazakhstan's own thrash maniacs Zarraza have just released a lyric video for "Abyss Above Me," the opening track to their long-awaited sophomore album Necroshiva. Inspired by the likes of Slayer, Napalm Death, Sepultura, and Decapitated, ZARRAZA's new track demonstrates the promise of this under-represented corner of the worldwide metal scene.
Stream "Abyss Above Me" here.
Formed in 2010, Zarraza is one of the hardest working metal bands in Central Asia. They independently released two EPs (Bullets & Beliefs in 2012 and Cutting Meat, Fast & Loud in 2013) and have travelled across Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan to bring their virulent brand of death metal to hungry audiences.
Zarraza received international notoriety after Maxim Magazine shared their video for "Zombie Kids" with Asking Alexandria, who expressed fear and disgust after watching it.
Now the band is ready to blow up the scene with their first full-length album, Necroshiva, to be released May 11, 2018.
The band commented:
"The only thing we worry about is how our lyrics for songs like “If I Was Satan” would be translated into Kazakh or Russian. Anti-religious songs full of sarcasm and quotes from Giordano Bruno and Pierre-Simon de Laplace are not welcomed in a country where there is a significant Muslim population."
Truly an international endeavour, Necroshiva was recorded in the fall and winter of 2017 through 2018 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. It was mixed and mastered by Arkadiy Navaho (Katalepsy, Siberian Meatgrinder, Distant Sun) at Navaho Studio in Moscow, Russia, with cover artwork by V. Smerdulak (Katalepsy).
Nick Khalabuzar – guitar and vocals
Ruslan Konon – drums
Eugene Hablack – bass
Dan Eternal – guitar
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