Old Time Revival
2/2/2006 - Review by: Eric Compton
Zero Down - Old Time Revival - 2005 - Self Released
The band was formed in 2002 with main members Lenny Burnett (Lead Pipe Cinch) and Mark "Hawk" Hawkinson (Dumt), whose direct goal was to cross punk roots with the awe inspiring riffing of NWOBHM. In 2003 the band released their debut album entitled "Pound For Pound", which received favorable press from .coms like Metal Rules, Cutting Edge, and Punk United. Moving to 2005, the band aligned with famed producer Martin"The Sweet Wizard" Feveyear (Screaming Trees, Qotsa, Grunt Truck, Amber Pacific) to record "Old Time Revival". Feveryear understood the sound needed for Zero Down to deliver their '70s, '80s, and modern soundscape visions to today's listeners. The production here is gritty, capturing the sweaty, grizzled attitude of a punk band, but still allowing plenty of loud and proud moments to stun even the most truest of power rock warriors.
From the barn burning opener "In The Name Of Satan We Rock" to the last gutwrenching, turn of the screw in "Rock N Roll Kidz", Zero Down turns the tide on their moniker, showing this hero is no zero with blazing tunes that both rock out and pulverize with heartfelt intensity. This is a natural talent, a natural high, and all compassing mammoth rock record that defies all the odds and delivers quite possibly one of the best records ever put to tape, reel, vinyl, wax, disc, you name it, or you bought it. Rock and roll warriors true to form, fronting the war trenched lines with memorable hooks, dazzling melody, a seventies rock sensibility, and a showcase of blue collar hard work and perseverance.
Fans of Anthrax's John Bush will find favor with vocalist Hawk. The down and dirty side of New Wave is brought to the forefront with tongue in cheek fondness with "In The Name Of Satan We Rock" and "Rock N Roll Kidz". The legendary stoner rock groups like Corrosion Of Conformity and Clutch can turn and face the future on steamrollers like "Two Ton Hammer" and "Kick It Down". Both Burnett and Fred Speakman combine on some flashy leads and solos, all neatly introduced by some fabulous twin guitar work.
Fans of California's Dirty Power or sub-genre bands like Life After Death and Danko Jones will absolutely love Zero Down. If you have remotely enjoyed songs from the likes of AC/DC, Motorhead, Thin Lizzy, KISS, The Accused, Judas Priest, or even Iron Maiden, then please, I beg of you, check these ROCK GODS out. This is one for the ages boys and girls. This spells C-L-A-S-S-I-C.
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