It’s been two years since I’ve heard music from the four-piece band, Zombie Picnic after the release of their 2016 debut, A Suburb of Earth. And I almost completely forgotten about them after they did their first album. Well, this year they are back with a follow up and the name of their new album, Rise of a New Ideology, is giving the listener and eye-opening view of what’s happening now and many years to come, and it isn’t a pleasant scenery.
George Orwell once said “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.” The band give you the scenario of what is going on both the 21st and it might happen again in the 22nd century. You can imagine the pictures inside your head of what once was a bright and hopeful city, turned into an abandoned nightmare filled with people gone insane, dead, killed, and it is become the hell that is now of a dystopian nightmare.
You can hear some spoken dialogue throughout the sections on Rise of a New Ideology and the details of the speeches of a knowing that the democracy is now lost and gone forever. Most of the music taken from the inspirations between Mogwai, Radiohead’s Kid A-era, and The Fierce and the Dead. Zombie Picnic take forth on a journey that isn’t just a progressive album, but a sonic yet complex ride filled with Post-Rock, Post-Punk, and Melodic Space Rock.
There are some rising tidal wave sections from the instruments by making you ready to hurtle through the cosmos. After listening around by eighth or ninth time, I was not just mesmerized on how Zombie Picnic’s new album blew me away, but how they would come back for another adventure. And it delivers again. I hope they continue to do more instrumental work and maybe add some vocals on the next release to see where the future or the yellow brick road will take them into next.