Zero Down - Old Time Revival - 2005 - Self Released
1. In The Name Of Satan We Rock 2. Pound For Pound 3. Old Time Revival 4. Two Ton Hammer 5. Rejuvenate 6. Inside Out 7. Bronson 8. Casino Royale 9. Kick It Down 10. Rock N Roll Kidz
Come on in ladies and gentlemen, have a seat, open up your hymnals, and let's have an OLD TIME REVIVAL!! Take off the Sunday suit, grab a swig or two, and light up the electric church with Seattle's Zero Down, a charismatic, energetic, lightning bolt in a bottle who have released their scorching new album in "Old Time Revival". No need for suits and ties or fancy record execs here, Zero Down unleashing this mammoth beast on their own dime, proving that great records can indeed come from the true underground. With "Old Time Revival", shades of blue collar sweat and tears drop on the canvas stretched out by the likes of Anthrax, Motorhead, C.O.C, The Accused, and just about any combo there after of raw punk spirit injected into a heavy metal pipeline. This is raw power, raw intensity, raw talent, and the most wicked sensation to come out of the underground since....well.....
The band was formed in 2002 with main members Lenny Burnett (Lead Pipe Cinch) and Mark "Hawk" Hawkinson (Dumt), whose direct goal was to cross punk roots with the awe inspiring riffing of NWOBHM. In 2003 the band released their debut album entitled "Pound For Pound", which received favorable press from .coms like Metal Rules, Cutting Edge, and Punk United. Moving to 2005, the band aligned with famed producer Martin"The Sweet Wizard" Feveyear (Screaming Trees, Qotsa, Grunt Truck, Amber Pacific) to record "Old Time Revival". Feveryear understood the sound needed for Zero Down to deliver their '70s, '80s, and modern soundscape visions to today's listeners. The production here is gritty, capturing the sweaty, grizzled attitude of a punk band, but still allowing plenty of loud and proud moments to stun even the most truest of power rock warriors.
From the barn burning opener "In The Name Of Satan We Rock" to the last gutwrenching, turn of the screw in "Rock N Roll Kidz", Zero Down turns the tide on their moniker, showing this hero is no zero with blazing tunes that both rock out and pulverize with heartfelt intensity. This is a natural talent, a natural high, and all compassing mammoth rock record that defies all the odds and delivers quite possibly one of the best records ever put to tape, reel, vinyl, wax, disc, you name it, or you bought it. Rock and roll warriors true to form, fronting the war trenched lines with memorable hooks, dazzling melody, a seventies rock sensibility, and a showcase of blue collar hard work and perseverance.
Fans of Anthrax's John Bush will find favor with vocalist Hawk. The down and dirty side of New Wave is brought to the forefront with tongue in cheek fondness with "In The Name Of Satan We Rock" and "Rock N Roll Kidz". The legendary stoner rock groups like Corrosion Of Conformity and Clutch can turn and face the future on steamrollers like "Two Ton Hammer" and "Kick It Down". Both Burnett and Fred Speakman combine on some flashy leads and solos, all neatly introduced by some fabulous twin guitar work.
Fans of California's Dirty Power or sub-genre bands like Life After Death and Danko Jones will absolutely love Zero Down. If you have remotely enjoyed songs from the likes of AC/DC, Motorhead, Thin Lizzy, KISS, The Accused, Judas Priest, or even Iron Maiden, then please, I beg of you, check these ROCK GODS out. This is one for the ages boys and girls. This spells C-L-A-S-S-I-C.
About this Writer: Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.
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