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Album Review

After several starts and stops during the '90s, Zero Hour finally pulled things together and produced their first major release, Towers of Avarice (their official debut was the eponymous, independently released Zero Hour). The band's longevity contributes to the confident and mature sound they project throughout this rather short (just over 45 minutes), but enjoyable session. Vocalist Erik Rosvold's husky voice is fairly versatile, conjuring up images of Ronnie James Dio, and the thundering rhythm section is relentless. The music is expectedly complex, sounding like a Watchtower for the new millennium with sprinklings of Spiral Architect, Dream Theater, and Fates Warning. The approach is generally heavy, especially on the excellent "Stratagem," but is interspersed with softer moments, as evident on the introspective "Reflections." The lengthy "Demise and Vestige" is the session's best moment and combines all of the group's best assets into a cohesive and impressive whole. While Zero Hour isn't offering anything that hasn't been heard before, there is an honesty and legitimacy to their sound that makes Towers of Avarice a worthwhile effort.


Formed: 1993 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Progressive metal outfit Zero Hour was formed in the San Francisco Bay area in 1993 by brothers Troy (bass) and Jasun Tipton (guitar), along with longtime friend Mike Guy (drums). The search for a vocalist seemed to be over when Frank Mendez (formerly of Rogue's Gallery) joined in 1995, along with keyboardist Mike Conner (ex-Prodigy -- not the electronica group or the rap artist). However, Mendez was gone before year's end, and Conner helped recruit his former bandmate Erik Rosvold to take Mendez's...
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The Towers of Avarice, Zero Hour
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: 06 March 2001

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