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Thrillseeker by Zion


The history of Zion can be traced back to the first demo tape it recorded in 1982 before following up with a full length cassette only release entitled Rock For Eternity in 1984. The hard rocking South Dakota based outfit proceeded to sign with Image Records several years later, releasing its nine song David Zaffiro (Bloodgood) produced debut Thunder From The Mountain in 1989. At just the point it was getting ready to record its follow up sophomore effort, however, Zion fell apart before entering the studio and subsequently was never heard from again. Thrillseeker, the latest endeavor from Zion, is a very fine Retroactive Records compilation made up mostly of previously never heard before live tracks and the better material from the bands demo recordings from the eighties. The album closes with a remastered version of the song Thrillseeker taken from the Thunder From the Mountain studio release.

The live tracks, “Who Pulls The Strings”, “Kick In The Gates” and an instrumental – lead off the album and showcase the world-class hard rocking outfit at their best! Brilliant demos tracks follow, consisting of one song off the band’s original 1982 demo (“He’s Got Power”), two from Rock For Eternity (“Rock For Eternity” and “Your Love”) and two more from the demo sessions that led to Zion signing with Image (“Big Fall” and a different version of the TFTM number “Roll The Rock”). Reviewers are already claiming the demo tracks are every bit as good, if not better, than much of the material that made its way onto TFTM. “He’s Got The Power”, “Rock For Eternity” and “Your Love”, for example, all highlight notable melodies while proving literal jam sessions – Zion extends all three into the six and seven minute range – that allow guitarist David Moore to put on a virtual clinic with his fiery lead work and mega-tight sounding riffs. The gritty hard rocker “Big Fall”, finds vocalist Rex Scott showcasing his trademark raspy and gut level vocal delivery in no uncertain terms. The production values to the demo tracks might lack the smooth sounding touch of TFTM, but do a better job capturing the bands natural and all out raw energy. This is the way Zion truly sounded - gritty, scratchy and hard rocking - while delivering an abundance of energy at the same time.

Thrillseeker proves a noteworthy release offering material that was either previously unavailable or virtually impossible to find. Highly recommended for fans of gritty hard rocking outfits such as X-Sinner, Whitecross, AC/DC, Cinderella, early Poison, and Bride. Of note, singer REX SCOTT went on to be (and is currently) lead vocalist for X-SINNER.


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#1Who Pulls The Strings (4:23)
#2Kick In The Gates Of Hell (3:24)
#3Drum & Bass Solo (2:17)
#4Backstage Humor (:27)
#5He’s Got Power (6:48)
#6Radio Snippet (:57)
#7Rock For Eternity (6:35)
#8Your Love (7:32)
#9Big Fall (5:42)
#10Roll The Rock (4:09)
#11Thrillseeker (3:17)
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