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Zero Hour - Dark Deceiver (9/10) - USA - 2008

Genre: Progressive Metal
Label: Laser's Edge, The
Playing time: 45:00
Band homepage: Zero Hour

Tracklist:

  1. Power To Believe
  2. Dark Deceiver
  3. Inner Spirit
  4. Resurrection
  5. Tendonitis (instrumental)
  6. Temple Within
  7. Lies
  8. Passion Of Words
  9. Severed Angel (instrumental)
Zero Hour - Dark Deceiver

Overtly complicated, oppressively complex, chaotic, marginalised and at times bone crushingly heavy are some words to express the fifth album from US Prog Metal veterans ZERO HOUR. This is not an easy record to listen to. If you think DREAM THEATER is your worse nightmare musically then avoid ZERO HOUR at all costs as this is supremely executed Prog Metal, the likes I haven’t heard for years.

 

However if you enjoy (is that the word to use for this piece of music?) the intricate, mathematical side to Metal then ‘’Dark Deceiver’’ is a must purchase.

 

This is very high class Prog Metal with some of the best musicianship you’ll hear. It’s hard to fault such magnificence and I suppose it’s a real shame that ZERO HOUR will probably never find recognition out with the confines of Prog Metal land.

 

From the rabid THRESHOLD/ SYMPHONY-X sounds of ‘’Power To Believe’’, through the devastating pummelling of the title track, to the quite stunning ‘’Resurrection’’, rarely have I heard drums, bass and guitars in perfect unison coupled with singer Chris Salinas who could give a young Geoff Tate a run for his money. ZERO HOUR provide an abject lesson in Prog Metal humility.

 

So there’s a moment of cursory masturbatory indulgence on the bass solo ‘’Tendonitis’’ but it takes very little away from what is a sensational, sublime record.

 

And if you’ve heard a better drummer than Mike Guy then let me know as he is quite simply awesome.

(Online July 12, 2008)

Chris Doran



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