Kazakhstan may be the wrong part of the planet to play extreme metal, but Zarraza (which means an ‘infection’ or ‘unbearable person’ in Russian) aren’t the kind of band to let a little thing like geography stop them.
Having formed in 2012 with their “Bullets & Beliefs” demo, Zarraza has quickly jumped to the head of the metal pack in Central Asia. Not only has the band been featured in Metal Hammer’s legendary, “United Nations” series, but they have also had their music reviewed by Asking Alexandria! Their hard work culminated in being named one of the top 5 best bands in Central Asia as per regional powerhouse, Kaktakto.com.
The first band to have done a DIY tour in the region back in 2013 on the back of their “Cutting Meat. Fast & Loud” EP, they seem to eagerly be leaping from peak to peak. In 2014 the band toured with the Austrian grindcore freaks in VxPxOxAxAxWxAxMxC. This led to opportunities not just in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan but also the chance to open for groups like TYR, ROTTING CHRIST and ARKONA. They even were able to tour with Hungarian icons, EKTOMORF in 2018 and with metal gods SEPULTURA (2019). This willingness to slug it out makes sense for a band who sing about controlling your inner demons and using them to resist oppression of any kind.
After years of inner turmoil and grinding it out in the underground the band released their first full length, “Necroshiva” in 2018. It was recorded in Almaty, mixed in Moscow by Arkadiy Navaho (KATALEPSY, SIBERIAN MEAT GRINDER).
On May 11, 2019 the band will see the album get released in China via MusicDish.
The cover art, done by Vladimir Chebakov, for “Necroshiva” was recently featured in the ‘Masterpieces. Heavy Music Artwork. Anno 2018 book‘.
The hard work the band has put in over the years. Now with an upcoming date at Kuturgan Fest opening for Sepultura and more shows being booked every day it seems like the future has never been brighter for these Kazakh extreme metal devotees.
- Nick Khalabuzar – guitar/vocal
- Dan Eternal – guitar
- Adil Aliakpar – bass
- Ruslan Konon – drums