Zhenx – Zhenx [2017]

“Zhenx” is the melodic hard rock project built around ex-Baron Rojo bassist, Gorka Alegre in 2016, while the band’s self-titled debut album issued by Aor Blvd Records. This project enlists some of Spain’s finest rock musicians as Giovanni Tradardi and Tolo Grimalt (Metalium) along with a host of other well known guests. Included in the line-up as guests is Herman Rarebell who is ex-Scorpions drummer, Bill Leverty of Firehouse, on guitars and David Reece, ex-Accept and Bangalore Choir, providing duet vocals. The handling of lead vocals and providing a contribution to songwriting is David Saylor, who was ex-Push UK.

On account of the impressive line-up, you can expect thick guitar parts, ever-present keyboard dressings and subtle rhythm section. Upon first play it becomes clear that beyond Saylor’s vocals, the protagonist instruments on the album are the guitars and keyboards. Tolo in particular leaves a rather strong impression, whether it comes to rhythm parts or leads the guitarist holds nothing back adding solid riffs and uncompromising shredding.

Having played the album a good number of times, I am still surprised by the quality of the compositions as every riff, every melody and every chorus counts, amounting to a memorable album baring a musical identity of its own. “Zhenx” is a fair mixture of standard and up tempo melodic hard rock also inducing a substantial amount of AOR to the compositions.

It is hard to pick favorites out of the “Zhenx” yet the opener “Action”, “Break Away”, “Evergrey” and “Turn Down The Light” are best examples of the quality of this great album. For fans of up tempo, aggressive but also melodic, hard rock “Zhenx” is one of the best propositions of 2017. If you are a fan of David Saylor you really can not go wrong with this album. David Saylor passed away early 2017 and sadly, he never got to hear the final mix.

Band Members
David A. Saylor – Vocals
Gorka Alegre – Bass, drums (9)
Tolo Grimalt – Guitars
Raffa Barreda – Guitars (1,3,4,6,8)
Giovanni Tradardi – Keyboards
Herman Rarebell – Drums (5)
Bill Leverty – Guitars (5)
David Reece – Vocals (4)
Torben Enevoldsen – Guitars (4)
Carlos Creator – Guitar intro (7)
Kelly Pascual – Drums (3,4,6,8)
Eric Alegre – Drums (1,2,7)

Tracks
01. Action
02. Break Away
03. Evergrey
04. Dog Destiny
05. Distant Memories
06. Jumping Off The Skyline
07. Injection
08. On My Way
09. Turn Down The Light

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