"Brutal Enigmatic Prophecies" (Ne Figueiredo Records; 2000)

Reviewed by Alicia Downs

Normally, when I don't like something, I have tons to say about it. With Zenite's twelve-song offering, however, this is just not the case. I attribute that not to the feeling that the whole album seems overplayed - but to the fact that, for being overplayed, "Brutal Enigmatic Prophecies" should have been ... what's the word I'm thinking of here? ... better.

A little background on Zenite: Zenite are from a place named Belem located in South America. They recorded their album at Studio Grasom Abaetetuba, Para Brasil. This may or may not prompt the question "do they sound anything like that little band known as Sepultura?" Put it this way: Does *NSync sound like Pantera since they're both from the same country? Stupid questions do, after all, deserve stupid answers.

So back to this CD that I'm afraid I don't like. First, let's just say that all the tracks feel the same. This translates to the fact that the songs are not worth mentioning individually. They start off with the same old, "Here I am, listen to me go" overboard guitar licks that eventually are joined somewhere down the line with a vocal offering. And this vocal offering nowhere near lives up to the respect and lie-back-and-take-it representation that I demand from my metal front men.

There are tons of other hard rock and heavy metal CDs out there. I recommend you utilize your time visiting Rough Edge by reading another review of a CD that will probably be better than this one. There are over hundreds to choose from, after all.

Zenite is: Ferry (G), Rodriguez (G), Manues (D & V), Histeria (V), and Lobato (B).

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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