GENRE-DEFYING METAL & BASS PIONEER ZARDONIC RELEASES HARD-HITTING NEW ALBUM ‘SUPERSTARS’ OUT TODAY
ALBUM FEATURES COVER OF NEW ORDER CLASSIC “BLUE MONDAY” FEATURING REEBZ
PLUS AN ASSORTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL TALENTS FROM THE BASS AND HARD ROCK WORLDS INCLUDING MECHANICAL VEIN, THE SURGERY & MC REPTILE, CAMO MC, SHINING, CARL SENTANCE (NAZARETH), TORONTO IS BROKEN, DAEDRIC, HEVY, BRUNO BALANTA (THE QEMITSTS), JEAN BORMANN (RAGE), BLITZ UNION AND OMNIMAR
”It’s hardly unusual these days for bass artists to weave snarling rock riffs or speed metal-esque percussion into their festival sets. But there’s one producer who says he walked so current crossover acts — names like Kayzo and the string-shredding Sullivan King — could run… Zardonic has honed an ever-evolving soundprint, wherein visceral electronic beats meet rock’s razor-sharp edge.” – DJ MAG
Genre-defying metal & bass pioneer Zardonic returns today (July 14) with the release of his third studio album, Superstars. The 12-track album takes listeners on a twisted journey through an apocalypse of heavy basslines and cascading synths, bringing the listener back to life in the latter half with hardcore guitar riffs and anthemic lyricism.
Listen to Superstars here:
Zardonic and UK singer/songwriter Reebz, featured on the single “Bitter” from earlier this year, rings in the album with a striking cover of New Order dance floor classic “Blue Monday.” The cover is also featured in Synth Riders, a freestyle-dance VR rhythm game created by Kluge.
“The Blue Monday cover is a bit of an odd one out,” says Zardonic. “Since it is the only electro / synthwave / industrial track on the record which is mostly comprised of drum & bass. Originally this was commissioned by Kluge Interactive for an exclusive track of their newly released “Synthwave Essentials Vol 3″ DLC Pack for Synth Riders VR. Then I went ahead and sent it to Nathan Quinn from MNRK and asked him if he liked it, to which he immediately responded by sending me a video conference link and started the conversation off with ‘WE GOTTA PUT THAT ON THE ALBUM!’. And I’m glad we worked it out! With the vocal talent of Reebz on top, this bonus track is a perfect connection between all my favorite things. I can’t wait for everyone to check it out!”
Also featured on the album include previously released singles “Bring The Rukus” featuring The Surgery & MC Reptile, which underlines tense rhymes with a bass-boosted groan while momentum increases as synths pulsate, drums ramp up, and sirens wail on the way towards a pummeling drop; “Death By The Bassline”, an industrial metal and crossbreed onslaught with UK-based metal & bass act Mechanical Vein; “Follow Me” which features New Zealand artist Camo MC and urges the listener to be themselves; And for the latest hailing from Oslo, Norwegian band SHINING joins Zardonic on “Rave Until The Apocalypse,” a track merging indie rock, pop, punk and drum and bass to create a celebratory dance anthem for the end times.
The album also features an assortment of international talents from the d&b and hard rock worlds including Nazareth singer Carl Sentance, Toronto Is Broken, Daedric, Hevy, Bruno Balanta from The Qemists, Rage guitarist Jean Bormann, Blitz Union and Omnimar.
- Bring The Rukus (ft The Surgery & MC Reptile)
- Rock And Roll Tonight (ft Carl Sentence)
- Neon Rain (ft Toronto Is Broken & Daedric
- Follow Me (ft Camo MC)
- Rave Until The Apocalypse (ft SHINING)
- Death By The Bassline (ft Mechanical Vein)
- Corrupted (ft Hevy & Bruno Balanta)
- Indestructible (ft Jean Bormann)
- Bitter (ft Reebz)
- Paradise (ft Blitz Union)
- Redemption (ft Omnimar)
- Blue Monday (ft Reebz)
Since the early 2000s, Federico Ágreda Álvarez, the masked performer known to the world as DJ and producer Zardonic, has harnessed the power of the nexus between drum & bass and heavy metal to create the sound that is now known as metal & bass. Born and raised in Venezuela, inspired by America, and based in Germany with a passport book stamped into oblivion, he also represents a union of cultures. Boundlessness has defined his output since day one a prolific string of releases including two studio albums Antihero (2015) and Become (2018), with a third Superstars arriving summer 2023, high-profile remixes and video game collaborations, packed shows on multiple continents, and 100 million-plus streams. Zardonic has cultivated an expansive catalog of original tracks and remixes for platinum icons, leaving his imprint on Pop Evil, Fear Factory, Bullet For My Valentine and Sonic Syndicate, among others. He has also contributed music to soundtracks for videogames such as Superhot: Mind Control Delete and Redout 2, plus features on All Elite Wrestling, TNT and NBC Sports.
He’s the rare force of nature who can earn praise from both YourEDM and Metal Injection. Renowned as “Venezuela’s Top DJ Act,” he has impressively toppled Beatport’s Drum & Bass Releases of the Week and Amazon’s Hard Rock Bestsellers at #1. Not to mention, he even appeared in Warlocks Vs Shadows, standing out as “the first Latin American musician to ever be featured as a playable character in a video game.”, and has created factory presets and artist packs for Arturia, Brainworx, Slate Digital, BABY Audio, GForce Software, and many more.
See Zardonic on tour:
Oct 7 – Paris, France
Nov 10 – Rotterdam, Netherlands
Nov 24 – Prague, Czechia