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Basic, honest, hard hitting Heavy Rock.

The fourth studio album from the German quartet, 'Grain Of Soul' follows on from 2014's 'Sonic Child' with more of the band's blend of Classic Rock and Blues flavours.

'Rebirth By Fire' wastes no time, it has a distorted riff and pounding backbeat, with Stephan Gall's rhythm guitar underpinning the high octane lead work from vocalist Nick Van Delft. The aggressive 'Animal' keeps things cranked up to eleven while the intro to 'Down' is almost Black Sabbath-like before the band explode in for another Heavy Rock effort. 'Faithless' boasts one of my favourite riffs on the record, whereas 'Ain't Coming Back' has a slightly more commercial edge to it than some of the other material on offer.

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There's no sign of the band running out of steam with the furious pace of 'Like The Sun' and the heavy 'Sinner', before the album closes out with the title track, a dirty Modern Rock song with a memorable chorus. Zodiac are not ones to mess about with multiple tracking or copious use of overdubs as they proved with last year's 'Road Tapes' live album, and the material here is no different – just basic, honest, hard hitting Heavy Rock.

Having gone out and supported the likes of Orchid, Blues Pills and Audrey Horne, Zodiac have been steadily building fans and momentum and the material on offer on this new album is another purposeful step in the right direction. You could say it's more of the same, but that could easily be countered with if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

James Gaden

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