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Zero Hour
Dark Deceiver

Company: Sensory Records
Release: 2008
Reviewer: Strutter
Genre: Prog

  • You'll find comfort in this impressive and inspiring cd



  • Prog. Rock. Metal. Walls of atmospheric vocals supporting a ceiling of throbbing drums, thumping bass and theatrical guitar. Such is sound, the fury of Zero Down's 2008 release "Dark Deceiver". Familiar with the band? You'll find comfort in this impressive and inspiring cd and take notice that "Dark Deceiver" is perhaps Zero Downs' most daring nine tracks in the past few years.

    Lead singer, Chris Salinas is all over the map but not in a bad way...in a let me have you recall Tate, and others of the same ilk, versatility is my calling card technique and approach and you may just forget the rest. Joining Salinas is the powerful one two punch of brothers, Jasun Tipton - Guitars and Troy Tipton - Bass with Mike Guy - Drums. There is clearly some magic in the new potion.

    New to Zero Down? Have no fear--if you subscribe to the Dream Theater, Queensryche school of music, Zero Down is a bit of a leap from what you're used to, but still containing a similar thread count so that it still fits at the end of the day. Notable tracks include "Inner Spirit", "Resurrection" and "Lies", however this is a rock solid release with enough profundity to keep you happy in the deep end. Dive in, the water is just fine.


    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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