Review: Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer – Schematics


Label: Flight Plan/Reignition Records

Released: September 25, 2007

Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer is yet another power-pop band among what seems like an endless stream coming out these days. So, what sets this female-fronted hook-fest apart from the others? For one thing, energy. In a genre that seems to go through the motions, Zolof is engaged in what they’re doing. Straightforward rhythms are augmented by solid hooks, sometimes in the vocals and sometimes on the organ. Unlike so many power-pop and pop-punk bands, the vocals have a bit of edge, just enough to keep the songs out of that sappy territory in which most of their peers tread, but not enough to suck the pop out of the power. Zolof is a band in every sense of the word. From the rhythms and the the power chords to the sweet edgy vocals backed by plenty of “whoa-oh-ohs,” nothing gets all that complex and piece steps on another. The result is both a raw energy and a refined catchiness that is tough not to like.

Rating: 6/10

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bobvinyl, writer and co-editor of No Song is an Island, founded its predecessor, Rock and Roll and Meandering Nonsense (whose archives are found here), in 2005 and served as editor and principal contributor until it went on hiatus in 2010. He has also been published in AMP and Loud Fast Rules! (in print) as well as Glide and FensePost on the web. He has been an avid record collector since he was seven years old and enjoys sharing his love of music from the common to the esoteric.

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