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Zero Down
Good Times at the Gates of Hell

Company: Indy
Release: 2008
Reviewer: JP
Genre: Hard rock
Rating
4



  • Pure, unpretentious, muscle car heavy hard rock



  • If I could have a band with me to light it up at the Gates of Hell, it would be Zero Down. Yes, the wild-minded snake handler is back on the cover, but this time instead of entertaining his own fervent parishioners, he's on a more preponderant crusade shooting up the arid landscape with crazed abandon and an ammunition of some of the best good ol' boy American hard rock that Seattle probably hasn't heard for at least a couple decades. Songs like the title track "Good Times at the Gates of Hell", "Bolt in a Bottle" and the immensely raucous "Loud, Proud and Evil" charge forth with all the boldness and confidence of a religious revival. But where those numbers stampede the listener like a charging buffalo, the cavalry is really in "Fistful of Dynamite"; striking at the listeners flanks with a larger range of skill. Although they are a fairly young band, I can hear flashes of leads that recall Priest, Megadeth, Motorhead and a charged up Clutch. Reflecting the inner cartoon art of the band members, nothing is taken too seriously and many of the songs have subtle winks, lyrically and vocally, to the old school that would do Tenacious D proud. Their prior CD Old Time Revival was a pretty fair listen, but GTATGOH has better songs, better packaging and importantly a better production with louder everything--as good as any label CD. Zero Down is the pure, unpretentious, muscle car heavy hard rock that you always want on your side.


    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: ZERO DOWN
    CD
    TITLE BAND
    DOR
    REVIEWER DATE
    Good Times at the Gates of HellZero Down
    2008
    JP4/4/2008
    No Limit to the EvilZero Down
    2014
    Frank Hill3/3/2015
    Old Time RevivalZero Down
    2005
    Eric Compton2/2/2006


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    REVIEWER DATE
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