Paulo Coelho’s allegorical novel, The Alchemist, provides the lyrical inspiration for the latest album from Italian five-piece Zippo. Their previous album focused on the writings of Carlos Castaneda at least showing they’re inspired by the same lineage of bogus intellectual self-help bullshit. Criticisms of their inspirations aside I’ll have to focus on the music or else I’ll get too riled up by such literary hogwash.
The material herein is a kind of progressive stoner metal with a fairly grungey vocal. I found it pretty enjoyable and there some are impressive King Crimson-y riffs firing back and forth across complex rhythm structures. A guest appearance from Ben Ward from Orange Goblin however features a spoken word section delivered so solemnly that it’s hard not to burst out laughing.
I’d only recommend this to fans of the heavier prog stuff like Mastodon or Baroness. If you like those two bands however, purchase forthwith.