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Zero Down
No Limit To The Evil

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.

    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
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    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


    ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: ZERO DOWN
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    DOR
    REVIEWER DATE
    Looking To Start A RiotZero Down
    2012
    Frank Hill2/7/2013


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