"Back Into the Light" (Brennus Music; 2021)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

French rockers Zoe play a hard-driving rock'n'roll with Rolling Stones-meets-Motorhead riffage, clear vocals with a hint of punk rock sneer and lots of high energy.

There’s a lot of heavy here, from the close-to-classic-rock-paced tracks ("Down in a Hole," "Go Like a Bomb," "By Your Side") to the racing rockers ("Back Into the Light," and my favorite "Band of Brothers.") No token ballad either. The ten tracks on "Back into the Light" are all unapologetically hard and heavy, with a modern spin. Some of the album reminds me of when Aerosmith was great, and some of it reminds me of more recent Motorhead.

The label calls the band "hard stoner rock from France." I don’t get the "stoner" part … I don’t hear any stoner at all as I listen to "Back into the Light" … but I get the hard rock part and heartily recommend this album to anyone else who gets it as well.

Zoe: Fred Barroit - vocals guitar; Aldo Ségard – guitar; Holy Capitaine - drums; Clem Burette : bass.

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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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