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Zoroaster: More bang for your boom

Psych-metal band makes its presence felt



"Atlanta's loudest band" is about more than that well-earned title.

"We try to stress to people that it's a tone loud," says Zoroaster drummer Dan Scanlan. "We want it to be an experience of all the senses. Close your eyes and you're going to feel the tones from the bass and the guitar."

With that powerful sound, a goal to play at least 15 shows a month and jam-length songs such as the 13-minute "Tualatin," Will Fiore, Brent Anderson and Dan Scanlan won't be constrained.

The trio's full-length debut, Dog Magic (Battle Kommand/Terminal Doom), itself is a progression from its 2005 self-titled EP.

The darkness a name such as Zoroaster conjures is like a hologram. You know what you're supposed to hear, but at any moment it can switch up on you. "It's really hard in that genre, you know. We get pigeonholed just because of our sound, and we don't consider it straight doom," Scanlan says. "We kinda consider ourselves like a psychedelic metal band more than a doom band."

Dog Magic reflects that. Instruments such as Minimoog, "these crazy analog oscillator things" that Judi Chicago's Travis Thatcher brought in, oboe, English horn, and tenor sax temper the sound, yielding more experimental and ambient breaks.

The album came together easily, Scanlan says, with pieces matched up as the guys played. "Really we wrote a bunch of disconnected parts and riffs, and then we just started sifting through 'em and putting them together," he says.

The pressure of finishing the album is over, but Zoroaster isn't content to stay put after the Atlanta release show. There's another one days later in Chicago where its label Battle Kommand is based, more nationwide tour dates, and Fiore (vocals/guitar) and Scanlan are prospecting for their new label, Terminal Doom.

The road may be twisted, but Zoroaster is committed. "Our whole attitude is, we're not looking for a handout from anyone. We're going to get out there and bust our ass and stay on the road as much as possible and keep making enough noise. And hopefully someone will pay attention."

Zoroaster plays Lenny's Wed., Sept. 19. $10. 9 p.m.

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