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Zero Hour


Progressive Metal

4.22 | 107 ratings

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5 stars Second Zero Hour album managed to be the band's most sterling to this date and was also the first one to perfect their signature style into their own after the Dream Theater influenced debut. The songwriting here is absolutely peerless and while they can be considered an acquired taste for some their talent is still jawdropping, jumping bonecrushingly heavy and syncopated oddmetered riffs with full intellect and ease. Another noteworthy thing about this album is the fantastic production that points out every detail perfectly so even the most impossible frequences get their showoff. Back to the songs - they are powerfull, intricate and often with a good hook. Their sound is really captivating but never straightforward and dull, several surprises are to be found here. Within the first three minutes of the opening title track you'll get acquainted with Zero Hour's unique sound and the journey have just started.

Quite an intense listen overall but the overall playing time is perfect at 45 minutes (rare for progressive metal standards.. hehe) The music here is very much in the technical progressive metal vein, combining the agression of Meshuggah with the melodiousness of bands like Power of Omens and Fates Warning. Definitely a band that every progmetal head should dip their toes into, and this album is the best way getting to know'em.

Bj-1 | 5/5 |


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