ZX SPECTRUM (Latvia)
Native to a very unusual destination for metal, Latvia, ZX Spectrum pick it up where Carcass' Swansong left it. The band combines aggressive technical riffs with Jeff Walker inspired vocals and adds a light progressive touch to a distinctive collection of songs that has been in a constant developing since the band formed in early 2001. ZX Spectrum's musical direction has been defined as death rock, death'n'roll or melodic death. Still the band doesn't limit itself and go as far as making a cover of a Swedish pop band Roxette that with a number of original Carcass, In Flames and Arch Enemy songs became highlights of many of the band's live shows. To date the band has been playing extensively in the Baltic region, often as a support act for many cult metal bands, and is to extend their touring schedules to other European destinations in the nearest future.
Some words about the bio...
The band has born about five years ago in Latvia. Musical repertoire consisted mostly from light rock direction by that time. Along with the members rotation band's style was changing cardinally and rapidly. The wish for something more interesting, more heavy, more aggressive has appeared after the band discovered Carcass's "Swansong". It was an exact definition of what band was searching for Ð an interesting mixture of melody and aggression. ZX SPECTRUM found such a synthesis very unusual and exciting; the band tries to carry it until the current moment. It's different to define the band's style, although some call it as death rock, death'n'roll or melodic death, however the band itself doesn't care about the stylish boundaries at all. As to the lyric's theme direction, it can be defined as a socially psychological, sometimes nihilistic, sometimes skeptic. There's a man with its complexes, mistakes and problems at the center of the texts attention.
In 2004 ZX SPECTRUM has recorded the first demo CD called "Not Really Demo". The CD consisted of four own songs and one Carcass's cover. The second demo CD "Human Herd" was recorded during summer of 2005 where was included nine own songs and a cover for Roxette (played in the band's style manner). The entire recordings were made by the band itself using it's own equipment. In late 2007 the new CD was recoded. 4 track Ep called "Optimistic Views" consisted of newest material.
Besides the own songs band have a lot of time to do the covers because of the quite frequent rehearsing as well. There are always a lot of new ideas, which are thoroughly worked out to get higher results. ZX SPECTRUM are full of enthusiasm and ready to accept all the offers and to work further.