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Fates Warning...Queensryche...Nevermore...influences you hear on the Zero Hour disc? Watch that final square flip and jump for joy with Levar Burton, my friend, as you've won the progressive metal $25,000 Pyramid. This Bay Area outfit's fifth installment of progressive metal boasts a new singer, a fresh batch of tunes constructed with painstaking metallic elegance ("I Am Here"), glass-shattering vocals that can actually fluctuate between prog rock overload and everyday metalhead comprehension ("The Falcon's Cry") and enough technical prowess to satisfy all the people anxiously awaiting the next Dream Theater release ("Zero Hour"). Backtracking through their catalog to reach the sound of their glorious early period, Zero Hour's seven-track affair contains all the luxurious nuances a prog metal band needs to truly captivate.
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