Naurea – New Zombie Generation

BANDCAMP: https://naurea1.bandcamp.com/album/new-zombie-generation

New Zombie Generation is the latest release from Naurea, Abel Oliva Menendez’s longstanding metal/industrial rock project, and sets some sort of infamous record as a release showing no discernible artistic growth so long after a project’s initial release. Menendez, a Cuban born would-be musician now residing in Switzerland, has a spastic manner of composition virtually ensuring that his material will fail with listeners, but his lyrics for the album’s dozen songs are even more slapdash when they aren’t busy trying to clumsily make listeners uncomfortable. It isn’t enough to have anger and aggression to get this music over; there has to be some discernible skill behind it to shape the tunes. We, unfortunately, don’t get any of that with Naurea’s New Zombie Generation. Instead, we get a lot of sound and fury signifying less than nothing.

I knew I was in trouble with the first song. When your production sounds outfitted by Radio Shack or some equivalent with the first track, things aren’t likely to get better. “Sugar Sun” is, oddly, probably the most human moment on the entire release, but the trash musical arrangement, absurd production, and woeful vocals undermine any redeeming aspect of the song. “Welcome to Monsterland” is, similarly, another chance to impress listeners that a no-talent can’t realize. Instead, it’s another headlong musical disaster without any nuance or flair. You get, despite his ineptitude, what Menendez is going for with this number, and it makes it all the more stunning to hear how far he falls from the mark.

“Sleeping with a Ghost” is, arguably, the album’s best track, but it’s undercut from the first introduction of vocals and Menendez clearly can’t realize its potential. The production, likewise, fails the songwriting once again and casts what might have been a minor success in the worst aural terms imaginable. The music sounds produced from cut-rate Wal Mart purchased equipment and it’s inexplicable considering how technology has enabled so many indie musicians to produce recordings with the same polish and sophistication as any major label release. “Fast Food is the New Religion” is another example of opportunities wasted as Menendez wastes a good idea with a basic musical arrangement sure to inspire no one and a disconnected lyric that comes up dreadfully short of making any noise with its central idea.

He often tries mixing in other voices into the songs and the efforts to do so consistently fall short. No other song personifies this better than the ninth cut “Game Addicted” and any inkling of a larger idea, as well, disappears under the weight of another crappy musical attack and paint by numbers production. The closer “Bring a Worm to Dance” thankfully brings this ordeal to a close, but it’s also one of the more disappointing moments on the release as he doesn’t make a single link between the lyric and title and loads the “tune” up with wearisome vocal touches lesser performers would avoid with a barge pole. If nothing else, Naurea’s New Zombie Generation is a primer on how not to write and record a metal/industrial rock album.

This mix will literally strip your senses to their core to the point where this music; could honestly be used as a form of torture by ISIS or the CIA. If I had a choice between joining ISIS or listening to this entire album again, I would gladly take the first flight to Syria.

For these reasons and more I formally gave Naurea’s New Zombie LP a 1 star rating. For the record the only reason I gave him a 1 star rating is because there is simply no possible way to go any lower under the official rating criteria available on this website. Otherwise I may have went even lower who knows. Who knows regardless, there is good news for Naurea – there is only one possible way for his musical career to go from here and that is straight up.

Don’t believe me? Listen for yourself – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcMA4fbmqqo

Sebastian Cole