There is no other way to describe Czar other than bizarre and this album certainly lives up to that! Czar’s Life is No Way to Treat an Animal is straight up a weird album with a clash of many different styles and clear influences from bands such as Faith No More and Mr. Bungle.
However, this is most certainly not weird in a bad way! Right off the bat you are hit with plenty of different sounds in the chilled out, almost bluesy Owls, etc. But this changes very drastically in the next couple of tracks where vocalist Dr. Landon Jared Wonser switches from his clean vocals to a rather harsh scream and somehow, Czar make it work perfectly.
The band’s unique blend of sounds clearly makes them stand out from any other artist I have ever listened to, whether it’s the alien like sounds being made by Christopher Duenas on the keyboard or the almost random sounding guitar licks from guitarist Nicholas J. McManus.
Although this album consists of a huge 19 tracks, there is no way that you will get bored listening to this album as almost every song is completely different in sound. Whilst listening to this album you will be hyped up by the almost grindcore or Math metal style songs such as Beware the Flies, Orestes and Too Many Yetis but will also be sent into a state of relaxation whilst listening to tracks such as The Worm Enters the Moon. This large range of styles is ultimately what makes you want to listen to all of this album as you just don’t know what you’re going to hear next!
Needless to say this album is certainly a wild one, but I would highly suggest that you pick it up and give it a listen as it is something very unique and yet very immersive. The album is available to stream and purchase on Bandcamp here: http://czar.bandcamp.com/album/life-is-no-way-to-treat-an-animal
This album is certainly very different to a lot of the mainstream or generic bands that are putting music out today, although, at some points in the album I found myself thinking that some parts were simply ridiculous or maybe a bit too much.
This nineteen track album will certainly leave you shocked but also amazed!