Company: Minotauro Records Release: 2014 Genre: Hard Rock, traditional Reviewer: Frank Hill
Top-notch, basement party metal
U.S. based hard rock band Zero Down hasn't changed much over the course of four releases in the last decade. Their comfort zone is in the heavy metal parking lot of rural Anywhere, USA, where denim and leather meets NWOBHM and punk rock.
I ain't gonna shit anybody. You can't go into a Zero Down release listening with a high level of seriousness; not with lyrics like "Going down on my angel witch" and an inner sleeve amalgam of the Pontiac Trans Am eagle with chest pentagram. This is top-notch, basement party metal. The production is slightly unpolished, but with a nice guitar crunch thanks to Martin Feveyear's bigger budget recording. Hawk Hawkinson has a vocal change-up from mid-range to falsetto that could be jarring to the uninitiated, but the raw gang chants are always welcome. Zero Down excels at fast-paced, fun metal songs, but on half of these I really wanted them to open the throttle, put the hammer down, and catch the tires on fire.
Welcome back to the wild-eyed, snake-handling reverend on a hot Ed Repka cover. Drink up some liquid courage, maybe some Trooper beer or some AC\DC wine, and get loud, proud, and evil!
About this Writer: Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.
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