Ministry of Zen
Kudos to begin with to Ministry of Zen for upscaling the packaging of their debut CD Unanalyzed, which comes in a tin CD case. Sweet!
The even better news is that the music inside matches the packaging, as high quality.
That said, there is a downside here too. There are only seven cuts. Come on boys, in this day and age we expect more. I'd have gladly had you save the money on the fancy CD case in favour of a bit more studio time to offer up another cut, or three.
I know I certainly was left wanting more because Ministry of Zen is a darned solid rock band. By the way, here's a little plug for Rayzr's Pub who are bringing these guys in for a show the weekend of July 3, 4 and 5. Following on the heels of recent band's such as Cold Driven and The Re-Mains, Rayzr's is finding some great bands for the city.
Ministry of Zen is a straight ahead rock band, that at times crosses over onto the edge of metal, but never too far that they lose site of vocal clarity.
Doug Robb is the songwriter here, as well as providing lead vocals. He does a good job of both.
Songs such as Anthem, Lift and Serenity are top-drawer material, and the whole CD holds together as a package nicely.
This is another emerging Canadian band that truly impresses. This is a debut to grab, and let's hope Ministry of Zen stays together for a long time, and that they continue to grow. They have certainly started off on the right foot with Unanalyzed.
Check out this hot band at www.ministryofzen.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper June 25, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada