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ZARRAZA


ZARRAZA
Kreated In Blood
Release: 8 July 2022

Kazakh thrashers ZARRAZA will release their three-track EP, Kreated In Blood on July 8th. The EP brings a fresh take on three classic metal anthems, staying true to the spirit of thrash, while weaving in the ancient Turkic instrument; the kyl-kobyz.

The band says:

“Kreated In Blood is a dream come true. Now we got our own versions of our fave songs but infused with Kazakh ethnic. We not only destroyed these classics with our performance but asked friends to help us and bring some special flavor to the final result. I assure you there is no version of “Raining Blood” like ours! Even if you don’t like it – I bet you never heard anything like that!”

Hailing from Kazakhstan, ZARRAZA are no strangers to breaking down boundaries. Despite facing scepticism in their early days, they have forged a crowd of loyal fans – both in their home country and overseas – clawing their way from obscurity to opening for the likes of ROTTING CHRIST, SEPULTURA, and TYR. Their debut LP, Necroshiva, left reviewers speechless (Metal Sucks), and earned them an 8/10 from Metal Hammer. The band has been praised for being “one of hardest working metal bands in Central Asia” (The Headbanging Moose). As proud trailblazers in the Kazakh metal scene, it is only then natural for ZARRAZA to approach these covers in Kreated in Blood by combining their unique blend of thrash, death, and groove metal with the distinctive sound of the kyl-kobyz; a centuries-old Turkic instrument.

For their take on SLAYER’s classic hit, “Raining Blood”, KREATOR’s “People of the Lie”, and GOJIRA’s “L’Enfant Sauvage”, ZARRAZA holds nothing back. The drones of throat singing, the twangs of a jaw harp, and – of course – the piercing tone of the kyl-kobyz are woven together with guitars, blast beats, and screaming to create a truly transcendental experience. By pairing time-honoured riffs from metal with the traditional sounds of their home country, Kazakhstan, ZARRAZA have created something contemporary, classic, and utterly unforgettable.

ZARRAZA is:

Nick Khalabuzar – Guitar/Vocal
Dan Eternal – Guitar
Ilya Morozov – Bass
Stas Nassalskiy – Drums

ZARRAZA – Raining Blood

ZARRAZA – More Than Hate

ZARRAZA – Chaos ’19

ZARRAZA – Bullets & Beliefs “19”

ZARRAZA – Failed Apocalypse ’19

ZARRAZA – The Grudge’19

ZARRAZA – Abyss Above Me

ZARRAZA  – Necroshiva

ZARRAZA Links:
Band/Artist location – Kazakhstan
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