13 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It's somewhat improbable that Ceremony’s key flavors are the distinctly different tones of Joy Division and Suicidal Tendencies, but that pretty neatly sums up this Northern California outfit. Ceremony’s early work was bristling and melodic hard punk, and its previous full-length, 2010’s Rohnert Park, injected a whiff of 1979-era Manchester, England (home of Joy Division, The Fall, and an entire genre of post-punk). On Zoo, Ceremony's Matador debut, the quintet melds a fondness for melodic, old-school punk and first-wave post-punk (à la Wire, Swell Maps, Joy Division). The songs zero in on their marks with deftness and unerring precision. The urgency in the repetitive, pummeling “Hysteria,” the galloping guitar riffage of “Citizen,” and the Mancunian gloom of “Repeating the Circle” make clear the band’s intent. Shake two parts musical history—vigorously, violently—with one part brutally tidy, unsparingly disciplined ooomph and serve straight up. It’s a simple recipe for powerful, visceral, and modern punk rock music.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It's somewhat improbable that Ceremony’s key flavors are the distinctly different tones of Joy Division and Suicidal Tendencies, but that pretty neatly sums up this Northern California outfit. Ceremony’s early work was bristling and melodic hard punk, and its previous full-length, 2010’s Rohnert Park, injected a whiff of 1979-era Manchester, England (home of Joy Division, The Fall, and an entire genre of post-punk). On Zoo, Ceremony's Matador debut, the quintet melds a fondness for melodic, old-school punk and first-wave post-punk (à la Wire, Swell Maps, Joy Division). The songs zero in on their marks with deftness and unerring precision. The urgency in the repetitive, pummeling “Hysteria,” the galloping guitar riffage of “Citizen,” and the Mancunian gloom of “Repeating the Circle” make clear the band’s intent. Shake two parts musical history—vigorously, violently—with one part brutally tidy, unsparingly disciplined ooomph and serve straight up. It’s a simple recipe for powerful, visceral, and modern punk rock music.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Rockers Reggae ,

Good, but not as good.

I kind of saw this coming when there sound started to change from their last album. It's still a good album, but it almost seems like an entirely new band. I hope they change things up again and maybe go back to yelling, but with a fast old school hardcore punk guitar sound. Kind of like GBH.

2 step trumps dubstep ,

Disappointed

Well this is a cool sounding album and its really mellow and trendy but they should have changed the name of the band and just started over. There's nothing to this album Its boring and slow and some off the lyrics are down right stupid. I was sick of Black Flag and sick of the Cromags and thats why i used to listen to Ceremony. it was fun while it lasted Ceremony. These guys don't even tour with hardcore bands anymore. Should have quit while they were ahead. Im so disappointed.

Adtrismydrug ,

Eh

It's not quite Ceremony, they still have nuances of their old sound. I'd rather stick to my Rohnert Park for Ceremony.

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