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A young progressive metal band from the San Francisco Bay Area, ZERO HOUR is largely the product of two brothers: Jasun Tipton (guitars) and Troy Tipton (bass). Drummer Mike "Mikey" Guy joined early on, but the band went through a number of singers and keyboardists in their early days. Finally the band discovered computer programmer Eric Rosvold, whose powerful voice and commanding technique was a perfect match for ZERO HOUR's powerful, dark, and complex progressive metal.

Their debut CD was recorded in 1997, despite losing a keyboardist to carpel-tunnel syndrome. Session players Matt Guillory (DALI'S DILEMMA) and Phillip Bennett (ENCHANT) were brought in to do keys on the debut, which featured progressive metal easily recognizable to the DREAM THEATER/FATES WARNING fans. Despite the familiarity, ZERO HOUR made themselves stand out with top notch writing and performances, including an epic suite that truly showed of Erik Rosvold's strong vocal talent, reminding of both Bruce Dickinson (IRON MAIDEN) for power and Maynard Keenan (TOOL) for intensity. The debut was released independently and sold so well that the band was out of copies and had to re-press it a few times. The band also placed the album on their website to strengthen their exposure, and sold many copies of their debut CD this way.

Years of shopping their debut CD to labels had made the band very angry with the music scene, and that anger led to the writing of material for a second album. Once again self-financed and produced by the band's friend Dino Alden, "The Towers of Avarice" was optioned by the new Sensory label (an offshoot of The Laser's Edge) for publishing worldwide in 2001. The new album showed a large change from the band's excellent but somewhat generic debut: a far darker, heavier edge, with little to no keyboards, supported a concept album about people fighting against oppression in a dystopian future ruled by an oligarchy. The music is heavy and quite complex, though repetition is an issue at times. Still, the album as a whole works wonderfully, producing an oppressive, powerful atmosphere that eventually gives way to relief as victory is achieved... at considerable cost.

After the band's success with "Towers," Sensory helped them re-release their debut in the form of the 2003 "Metamorphosis," which adds a few demo tracks and alternate version as well as a remastering of the original album. Since then ZERO HOUR has been working on and recording new material...
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3.36 | 11 ratings
Zero Hour
4.23 | 102 ratings
The Towers of Avarice
3.22 | 34 ratings
3.68 | 46 ratings
A Fragile Mind
3.80 | 54 ratings
Specs of Pictures Burnt Beyond
3.98 | 72 ratings
Dark Deceiver

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 A Fragile Mind by ZERO HOUR album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.68 | 46 ratings

A Fragile Mind
Zero Hour Progressive Metal

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars US band ZERO HOUR was formed back in the 1990's, and while it might be the case that they are inactive at the time of writing they had the time and opportunity to make themselves fairly well known until the band appeared to ebb out. "A Fragile Mind" was their third full length album, and was released through Laser's Edge subdivison Sensory Records back in 2005.

Progressive metal is what Zero Hour is all about, and a variety of it that is somewhat different from what many other bands described as such explore as well. More challenging for starters, and focusing on other elements than mood, atmosphere and melody as such. Or perhaps one might say that they focus on additional elements, as their music isn't void of either of the three elements mentioned.

Bass and drums have a much more prominent place in the arrangements assembled by Zero Hour. Fairly loud and dominant, they provide much of the heavy characteristics of the themes of that nature found on this album. While we're treated to a fine array of massive, dark guitar riffs throughout admittedly, just as common if not more so are guitars with more of a dampened and controlled expression, compact riffs supplementing the heavy bass and drums driven foundation rather than the latter supplementing the former.

Rather than opting for melody and harmony based riff arrangements Zero Hour tend to utilize staccato and hammering ones, often repetitive and uniform in expression, with subtle variations in timbre and quirky details of a technical nature catering for the majority of variation. In addition we're treated to a vast array of alterations in pace, intensity and tonal range, emphasizing the challenging nature that tends to be a key feature of the compositions at hand. Curiously dampened, breakneck speed shred based guitar soloing also a part of the proceedings, as is occasional odd choices of timbre used by the guitar in particular.

Rather than opting for a purebred album of compositions focusing solely on challenging, technical features, Zero Hour does know how and when to employ a gentler touch too. Frail, delicate themes and passages is also a part of the totality here, and the lead vocals of Fred Marshall elevates quite a few of these compositions to a higher level with his melodic, compelling and powerful voice.

Personally I found "A Fragile Mind" to be somewhat of a roller-coaster ride overall. The band's technical approach, at least in the manner in which it is utilized here, didn't quite manage to attract my interest. Then again some of the more intricate maneuvers appealed strongly, and as the former and the latter both tend to be employed in the compositions the end result are songs that for me at least leaves me both hot and cold. They do manage to create some compositions with a stronger overall appeal as well though, There for Me and Losing Control the ones I'd select as highlights.

Those with a keen interest in the more challenging varieties of progressive metal should find Zero Hour to be a band well worth exploring. The subtle, often minimalistic and technically oriented details they employ throughout won't make this band a universally or broadly appealing one I suspect, but those who find that description to be a tantalizing one should most likely take the time to give this band a few minutes of their time.

 Specs of Pictures Burnt Beyond by ZERO HOUR album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.80 | 54 ratings

Specs of Pictures Burnt Beyond
Zero Hour Progressive Metal

Review by FunkyM

4 stars This is the first album I have heard from Zero Hour. Although I liked it quite a bit, I don't really feel that I have all that much to say about it. Since I started writing this review though, I'll try to put my thoughts into words anyway. ;)

First off, it's a very good album of melodic progressive metal. The biggest influence does seem rather obvious though.

If you liked Queenryche, especially their album Promised Land, there's a reasonably good chance you will like this album. The very first thing I think a lot of people will notice is that vocalist Chris Salinas' vocals are pretty much a dead ringer for Geoff Tate. The playing and song writing are also similar to Queensryche's Promised Land era.

However, as I said, this is a very good album. A majority of the tracks are between 7-9 minutes in length which feels like just the right length to develop the ideas within the songs without risking overstaying their welcome.

"I Am Here", the shortest track with vocals, is one of my favourites off of this album. It's the most melodic track on the album, but also managers to be one of the most emotional.

Highlights: "Face the Fear". "The Falcon's Cry", "Specs of Pictures Burnt Beyond", "I Am Here"

 Specs of Pictures Burnt Beyond by ZERO HOUR album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.80 | 54 ratings

Specs of Pictures Burnt Beyond
Zero Hour Progressive Metal

Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

2 stars Zero Hour is a progressive metal band formed by twin brothers Jasun and Troy Tipton in California back in 1993. I came across the band after reading about the release of their forth (or third) album Specs Of Pictures Burnt Beyond and being overwhelmed by all the positive reviews that the album had received from both critics and fans. I decided to dive into this album head first, assuming that this would be something along the lines of Dream Theater and Riverside, two bands I was listening a lot to back then. Well, it's been almost five years since I've heard this album and that's a pretty hefty timespan for an album to sit on a shelf and collect dust. So what's my reasoning behind completely abandoning this release after only a few spins back in the day?

Although I still haven't experienced any of Zero Hour's previous records, I guess that the addition of Chris Salinas was a pretty excellent one since he brings quite a lot of character to this otherwise pretty generic progressive metal release. My main problem here is the songwriting which just sounds too much like a product of the early '90s progressive metal school of Fates Warning or Queensrĸche, rather than that of 2006! I mean, it's one thing to release an album like this in 1996, just when the early progressive scene was beginning to evolve, and a completely different one releasing it in 2006! I've never been a huge fan of regressive metal (aka retro prog metal), especially when it references the not so glamorous beginnings of progressive metal genre. The style and melodies are very generic and it almost feels like the band members are painting their music collage by numbers, instead of working out how they can enhance their work and bring something new and original to their established sound. There's honestly not a single standout moment all throughout these seven compositions which is probably why I never cared to give it another spin after hearing it a few times back in 2006/2007.

I'm sure that fans of the early progressive metal will find something to enjoy on Specs Of Pictures Burnt Beyond, since Zero Hour stays very true to that concept, with the exception of the sound enhancement of the 2006 sound mixing which sounds miles beyond anything that was released by metal bands in the late '80s/early '90s. Personally, I feel that the terrible sound of the past recordings have not been as much of an issue for me as long as long as the recording has a personality of it's own and some metal riffs to back it up! This is the main my reasoning behind such a poor rating that's being awarded here.

**** star songs: Face The Fear (9:00) Specs Of Pictures Burnt Beyond (7:36)

*** star songs: The Falcon's Cry (8:01) Embrace (2:25) Zero Hour (2:28) I Am Here (4:59) Evidence Of The Unseen (8:44)

 The Towers of Avarice by ZERO HOUR album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.23 | 102 ratings

The Towers of Avarice
Zero Hour Progressive Metal

Review by Bj-1
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

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.

 Dark Deceiver by ZERO HOUR album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.98 | 72 ratings

Dark Deceiver
Zero Hour Progressive Metal

Review by usa prog music

5 stars When sitting down to write this review, I glanced at the insert that accompanied the promo. It read, "With their fifth studio album, Zero Hour creates a dark, heavy vibe, expressed through intricate arrangements, forceful vocals and meaningful lyrics." Typically, these inserts tend to blow a lot of smoke up one's ass. In this case, though, I should really just stop writing, as many readers appreciate brevity and this is a very astute assessment of this album. However, I promised USA Prog Music I would give my opinion on such albums, so I had best provide some original insight. My initial reaction after hearing Dark Deceiver was "who pissed these guys off?" While Zero Hour has always created dark music, Dark Deceiver contains some of the band's heaviest and most aggressive tracks to date. Dark Deceiver wastes no time getting down to business, as "The Power to Believe" kicks off the heaviness with the Tipton's signature weaving of brutality and beauty. The title track keeps the momentum going by opening with a heavy, chugging riff before exploding into the Tipton brothers' intricate, sonic assault. From Jasun's insane sweeps to Mike and Troy's thunderous rhythms and all the Chris Salinas you can handle, "Inner Spirit", at nearly 12 minutes, displays everything Zero Hour has to offer. The second half of the album starts with "Tendonitis", a mind-boggling bass instrumental by Troy Tipton. I have listened to this solo countless times now and I'm convinced that Troy has at least 20+ fingers. "The Temple Within" is one of the most dynamic tracks on Dark Deceiver. It starts with the Tiptons' usual twisting melodies and Mike's pummeling contributions before dropping out to let Chris close out the song with a strong, emotive vocal. The 1-2 punch that is "Lies" and "The Power of Words" brings back the aggression displayed earlier on the album and turns it up to 11. Closer "Severed Angels" is a short instrumental that completely decimates the listener with its combination of quiet passages and machine gun hammering. Throughout the album, the Tipton brothers display their usual brilliance knowing exactly when to dazzle and where to fall back and let the vocals deliver. Also, Mike Guy is perfection personified behind a drum kit with his hammering kicks, perfectly placed fills, and skillful cymbal work. With all that is going on with each instrument, it is amazing that nothing ever feels jumbled or forced. Instead, each complex performance comes together nicely in a very enjoyable package. Finally, the talents of Chris Salinas displayed on Dark Deceiver are unbelievable, as he ranges from his lower register to his soaring wails and eventually his perfect mid-range vocals. Zero Hour's decision to hand him the mic is only further solidified on this release. A final nod must be given to Dino Alden and Zero Hour, who collaborated on Specs of Pictures Burned Beyond, for the super tight, punchy production on the album. This sound definitely suits the music while still allowing the listener to access each individual instrument throughout the recording. The result is an uber-technical album that is appreciable through either headphones or a stereo. Whereas the music of many technical bands ends up turning into a wall of noise once outside the confines of a good pair of headphones, this is not the case on Dark Deceiver. So what's the verdict? With its complex rhythms and technical brilliance, Dark Deceiver is everything we have come to expect from Zero Hour. My advice: leave now and go purchase this.
 Specs of Pictures Burnt Beyond by ZERO HOUR album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.80 | 54 ratings

Specs of Pictures Burnt Beyond
Zero Hour Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Specs of Pictures Burnt Beyond is the fourth full-length studio album by American progressive metal act Zero Hour. The album was released in 2006 through Sensory Records. For the second album in a row the band has changed lead vocalist as Fred Marshall who sang on A Fragile Mind (2005) has been replaced with ex-Power of Omens vocalist Chris Salinas. As I was not very happy about Fred Marshallīs voice and vocal style on A Fragile Mind I was really excited about the prospect of a new lead singer in Zero Hour. As it turns out my expectations that a new vocalist would bring back some of the magic from the Erik Rosvold ( the first lead vocalist in Zero Hour) days, are fully met.

The music is technical progressive metal. Zero Hour is one of the few bands in the genre who has a very unique and easily recognizable style IMO. Lots of fast chromatic runs in unusual time signatures but with memorable and melodic vocal lines to bring some dynamic and accessibility into an otherwise very dark, heavy and challenging soundscape. New lead vocalist Chris Salinas is a great asset to the bandīs sound IMO. His voice is very similar to the voice of Ray Alder ( Fates Warning, Engine, Redemption) which might be a problem for some but isnīt for me. The man canīt help being born with a voice that happens to be very similar to the voice of someone else ( I wish I was born with a voice like that) and his performance on this album is impeccable. A very skilled vocalist.

There are seven tracks on the album. All excellent technical progressive metal songs ( well thereīs one ballad too). Songs like Face the Fear ( OK I have to admit that when Chris Salinas starts singing in this song it does sound just a bit too much like Fates Warning), The Falconīs Cry and Evidence of the Unseen are prime examples of why Zero Hour is one of the most succesful bands in the genre.

The musicianship is excellent. Lots of challenging playing and a unique approach to writing music.

The production is excellent too. very professional and well sounding.

Specs of Pictures Burnt Beyond is a great return to form for Zero Hour and while the album doesnīt quite reach the heights of my favorite by the band The Towers of Avarice (2001), I still find it to be an excellent technical progressive metal album fully deserving a 4 star rating.

 A Fragile Mind by ZERO HOUR album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.68 | 46 ratings

A Fragile Mind
Zero Hour Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars A Fragile Mind is the third ( I donīt count Metamorphosis (2003) because itīs a re- release of the debut album) studio album from American progressive metal act Zero Hour. Iīm a big fan of Zero Hourīs second album The Towers of Avarice (2001) and Metamorphosis is a great album too. One of the greatests features on those albums in addition to the great technical progressive metal was lead singer Erik Rosvold. Finally a distinct lead singer in a progressive metal band. Unfortunately Erik Rosvold left Zero Hour before the recording of A Fragile Mind and new lead singer Fred Marshall was drafted.

The music on A Fragile Mind is closer to the technical progressive metal of a band like Watchtower than it is to the more subtle song oriented approach of a band like Fates Warning. In fact it seems that many of the songs were written without considering a vocal melody. Sometimes that approach works just fine but in most cases which includes the case of A Fragile Mind the vocal melodies end up being less than memorable. So even when the songs are most melodic the melodies are not very strong. A Fragile Mind actually reminds me a bit of the old Sieges Even albums in that respect. I mentioned the unfortunate departure of Erik Rosvold above and it really is unfortunate because he had the ability to make memorable melodies over the technical and quite hard hitting progressive metal that the three other guys played. New lead singer Fred Marshall falls flat on his face when compared to Erik Rosvold. Itīs not that he isnīt a technially skilled singer but he isnīt distinct and I rather dislike his voice and the way he uses it. I sound very negative here and thatīs not at all my intention because even though some of the above mentioned flaws annoy me greatly A Fragile Mind is still a very professional and well crafted progressive metal album it just feels like Zero Hour has taken a step back in their development.

The musicianship is excellent. The Tipton brothers on guitar and bass respectively play their usual chromatic fast runs and drummer Mike Guy is also an excellent musician.

The production is professional and well sounding. Modern and clean metal sound.

As you can probably read out of my thought above Iīm a bit disappointed with A Fragile Mind. Zero Hour is still a distinct progressive metal band but they just donīt have the vocal melodies or the singer to put them in the premier league of progressive metal anymore. I hope this will be better on future releases. A Fragile Mind is still worth a 3 star rating though which should tell all about the general high quality of the music when itīs actually an album that Iīm disappointed about.

 Dark Deceiver by ZERO HOUR album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.98 | 72 ratings

Dark Deceiver
Zero Hour Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 4.5 stars.This well may be their heaviest and most complex record yet. I still feel that "Specs Of Pictures Burnt Beyond" is their best, but I also feel that each one of their studio albums are must haves if your into heavy / complex metal. I love them all. Chris Salinas is back on vocals while the Tipton twins and drummer Mike Guy have been constants from the beginning.

"The Power To Believe" is heavy right out of the gate. This is great ! Thunderous drums 2 minutes in. Jasun starts to rip it up in his unique style 3 minutes in. The vocals and soundscape after 5 minutes are killer. Chris really offers up some different vocal styles on this album. Blistering guitar solo after 6 minutes. A childs voice ends it. "Dark Deceiver" is so heavy to open it's ridiculous. Haha. Screaming vocals and scorching guitar create organised chaos. Tipton's guitar solos are over the top ! It settles down to a beautiful section with reserved vocals, almost like a drink of cool water on a hot and humid day. The heat comes back though, and it's blazing hot. Another calm ends the song. This final section really recalls OPETH's mellow moments. "Inner Spirit" is again hard and heavy to start. Killer bass and the guitar is fantastic. Vocals after 2 minutes. This is ground shakingly heavy. A calm with reserved vocals 6 minutes in. This is like heaven after 6 minutes of hell. Haha.This is such an incredible section that goes on until 10 minutes in when the heaviness is back. The lyrics are so spiritual and uplifting, not just on this song but throughout. I love the guitar and bass just before the crushing drums come back. Ripping guitar after 10 1/2 minutes.

"Resurrection" again has such cool lyrics. This song contrasts the heavy instrumental passages with the lighter vocal sections. "Tendonitis" opens and closes with a child speaking (some humerous words) and in between we get this mind blowing bass solo from Troy. "The Temple Within" is heavy to open (what else ?) as Chris comes in on vocals, he sings powerfully after a minute. A calm 4 minutes in. It's so emotional just before 5 minutes. Incredible lyrics. "Lies" opens with riffs as Chris cries out. He uses different vocal styles on this one. Pulverisingly heavy 3 minutes in. "The Passion Of Words" features some amazing bass and vocals. A calm before 2 1/2 minutes is quickly crushed. Great track. "Severed Angel" is an instrumental of different, distant industrial sounds (drums / bass) that build as they come and go. Amazing !

So darn close to 5 stars for me. I may grow to like this even better than "Specs Of Pictures Burnt Beyond". Very cool to see it clock in at around 44 minutes too.

 Metamorphosis by ZERO HOUR album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.22 | 34 ratings

Zero Hour Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 4.5 stars. It's important to know that this is a re-issue of ZERO HOUR's self titled debut. That one went out of print quickly as only 2,000 copies were originally produced. Travis Smith does the excellent cover art on this edition, and 2 tracks have been added to this one that were previously unreleased but recorded during the same sessions that birthed the debut record. Matt Guillory from DALI'S DILEMMA provides the guest keyboard work, except for on "Voice Of Reason" where Phil Bennett performs on keys. They thank a lot of bands including EVERGREY, POWER OF OMENS, SYMPHONY X, SUN CAGED, VANDEN PLAS, WOLVERINE, POVERTY'S NO CRIME, PAIN OF SALVATION, BLIND GUARDIAN and ANATHEMA where they say "We didn't steal your beer, New Jersey Dave did, LOL!!!". My first musical love is Metal, and ZERO HOUR in my opinion are near the top of the Prog-Metal genre. Erik's vocals are amazing, and the Tipton twins on bass and lead guitar will blow your mind with their unique and complex abilities. Mike Guy on drums provides the thunder.

"Eyes Of Denial" opens with synths and lots of atmosphere before a crushing wall of sound arrives a minute in. A calm as vocals come in. Back to the heaviness and Jasun shows his stuff after 3 1/2 minutes. "The System Remains" opens with some heavy instrumental work. The vocals come in with synths and a lot of atmosphere. Great section. Heaviness joins in with piano. Amazing. Themes are repeated. This is such an incredible song. Jasun comes in shredding before 5 minutes followed by a flury of keys before Jasun ends it with another solo. The song continues to shift gears often. "Rebirth" opens with piano as reserved vocals join in. Erik sure can sing as he holds the note before it gets heavier before 2 minutes. Tipton rips it up as drums pound 4 1/2 minutes in. "Voice Of Reason" again sounds so good vocally as heaviness and complexity continue to impress. Love the background synths. Thunderous drums after 5 minutes, a calm follows. Female spoken words after 7 minutes. From 8 minutes to the end is absolutely incredible and emotional with the vocal melodies and synths.

"A Passage" is an instrumental that opens with acoustic guitar before the electric guitar joins in. You have to hear this one. "Metamorphosis" is the final track and it's divided into 5 parts. First up is "Descent" a melodic track with great vocals. It's like a stampede to open though. Heaviness comes and goes, but I love the sections inbetween. "Awaken" opens with piano as heavy bass and synths join in, and then guitar. Vocals follow. I really like the guitar lines. "Union" is brighter sounding with piano early. It kicks into gear after 2 1/2 minutes with a barrage of drums. Tipton is busy after 4 1/2 minutes. Sounds like a choir before 5 1/2 minutes. "Solace" opens with a vocal sample of someone yelling emotionally.This is solace ? Haha. "Ascent" is the uplifting closer. They all shine so bright on this final track.

This is a great place to start for anyone wanting to check this band out. This one isn't as harsh or metallic as the records that follow.

 Dark Deceiver by ZERO HOUR album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.98 | 72 ratings

Dark Deceiver
Zero Hour Progressive Metal

Review by Prog_Rocks

5 stars This is Zero Hour's Masterpiece. The riffs, and everything about this album is GOLD. The bass playing is off the charts. I think the Tipton brothers finally found the missing link and created an amazing album. Every single track has something brilliant about it. I think Chris Salinas sounds amazing on this album, and really fits Zero Hour's music. One of the best Prog Metal/Tech Metal albums of 2008. I do not think many albums will compete with Jasun Tipton awesome melodies. Highly Recommended!!
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