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Zero Hour

From: San Francisco, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Zero Hour News

Below is our complete Zero Hour news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Zero Hour Guitarist To Release Solo Album

Guitarist Aidan Cibich of Australian metal band Zero Hour has announced plans to release a solo instrumental album. He has completed the first single, "The Last Four Words," and posted it on his ReverbNation page. Aidan Cibich instrumental album was mixed and mastered by Beyond the Studio Productions.

Aidan Cibich recently participated in ESP's "So You Think You Can Shred." Watch his video below:

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Abnormal Thought Patterns Streaming Debut EP

Abnormal Thought Patterns has released its debut self-titled EP today, November 29th, via the band's own, newly-formed CynNormal Lab Recordings. You can find some options to order it physically and digitally on the band's Facebook page. Now, Metalunderground.com brings you the full-album stream as well. You can hear the entire album in the player below.

Abnormal Thought Patterns is comprised of the core and founding members of heralded technical act Zero Hour, the band was formed by Northern California-based brothers Jasun and Troy Tipton (both also of Cynthesis) and Mike Guy. In order to complete the live sound, the trio recruited longtime friend and talented guitarist Richard Sharman, a student of Jasun's for many years.

The four-part epic "Velocity and Acceleration" and bass-only track "Ulnar Nerve Damage" were mixed by talented producer/engineer Dino Alden (Marty Friedman, Zero Hour), but due to Dino's carpal surgeries the band reached out to Matt LaPlant (Sikth, Nonpoint) to mix the tracks "The Machine Within" and "Electric Sun." The EP was mastered by Alan Douches (Between The Buried and Me, The Dillinger Escape Plan) and the cover artwork commissioned to Erick "Wurm" Pollard.

Here is the track listing for Abnormal Thought Patterns' self-titled debut:

1. The Machine Within
2. Velocity and Acceleration Movement 1
3. Velocity and Acceleration Movement 2
4. Velocity and Acceleration Movement 3
5. Velocity and Acceleration Movement 4
6. Ulnar Nerve Damage
7. Electric Sun

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Abnormal Thought Patterns Posts Song Sample

Abnormal Thought Patterns, which features members of Zero Hour, has posted a sample track online, which can be heard in the player below. The band also commented on the song:

"This is the 1st movement of the song 'Velocity and Acceleration' by Abnormal Thought Patterns. The song 'Velocity and Acceleration' is broken up in 4 parts as the full song clocks in over 12 minutes. The Movement 1 sample is to give the listeners an idea of what's to come from Abnormal Thought Patterns. The band consists of guitarist Jasun Tipton, Bassist Troy Tipton and drummer Mike Guy."

Abnormal Thought Patterns Movement 1 Clip by Abnormal Thought Patterns

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Cynthesis Signs To Sensory Records

Sensory Records has issued the following announcement about signing a deal with Cynthesis:

"Sensory Records is ecstatic to announce the signing of Cynthesis, and the release of their upcoming debut album DeEvolution. Cynthesis is an entirely new band of its own, which also reunites three of the original members of progressive metal purveyors Zero Hour -- founding twin brothers Jasun and Troy Tipton and original vocalist Erik Rosvold -- for the first time on a recording since the band's heralded 2001 album The Towers of Avarice and 2003's Metamorphosis, both still considered landmark releases in the progressive metal community. After reaping massive critical acclaim from major international metal media, Zero Hour successfully toured Europe and performed at two different ProgPower USA Festivals, the band parted ways with Erik Rosvold, disappointing diehard fans of the band across the globe.

"In late 2007, Jasun began writing material for Cynthesis. As the music developed he could only imagine one vocalist to really connect to the material. 'I've always been a fan of Erik's vocals and I knew his lyric-writing would be a perfect match for the material' explains Jasun. After one phone call Erik was brought into the fold. Rounding out the lineup on drums is longtime friend Sean Flanegan, who not only played on Jasun's 2000 instrumental release, Night's Pulse, but is best known for his amazing work with prog rock heroes, Enchant. More...

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Crimson Glory Announces ProgPower Guest Vocalists

Crimson Glory is pleased to announce that they have confirmed the following special guest vocalists to perform with them during their headlining set at ProgPower USA X:

Wade Black (Crimson Glory/Leatherwolf)
Zak Stevens (Savatage/Circle II Circle)
Lance King (Pyramaze/Balance of Power)
Nils K. Rue (Pagan’s Mind)
Chris Salinas (Zero Hour/Power of Omens)
Ronny Monroe (Metal Church)
Andy B. Franck (Brainstorm/Symphorce/Ivanhoe)
Sean Peck (Cage)
Danilo Herbert (Mindflow)
Joakim Brodén (Sabaton)
Michael Eriksen (Circus Maximus)
David Vanlanding (Crimson Glory/Michael Schenker Group) More...

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Too Much Is Never Enough: Technical Metal in 2009

Earlier in the year Metal Underground presented its annual “Best Of” awards and with his finger always on the pulse, deathbringer mentioned a new dominance in metal leading us into 2009. Maybe you’ve noticed the extra acoustic interludes, the blazing shred solos, the disjointed poly-rhythms or maybe you haven’t - but either way a cloud of progressive influence has undoubtedly emerged over the metal scene. Not just in our minds here at MU, but in the minds of fans Opeth, Cynic, Meshuggah, Nachtmystium and Ihsahn stood out with impressive 2008 releases. Even more excitement and interest has been generated by collaborations between Ihsahn and Opeth, and 2009 hasn’t let up with Mastodon’s progressive opus “Crack The Skye” and Obscura’s “Cosmogenesis” leading the charge.

So what magic is at work here aside from great prog-metal releases? Larger bands such as the explosive power metal act DragonForce and progressive groovers Mastodon have played a large part in the uprising of the pursuit of extreme talent for more mainstream metal fans - opening legions of otherwise clueless greenhorns to the bar of instrumental ability. Old hands such as Deicide, Cannibal Corpse and numerous thrash acts have also not been untouched by the progressive aura and have regained the thirst for pushing technical boundaries - a truly founding ideal of metal if ever there was one. Another force at play here is the power the internet has had in exposing technical freak shows like Necrophagist as well as many young tech-metal heads being introduced to metal and fostered through 90s progressive acts such as Tool or Dream Theater. Not enough for you? Let’s take a little trip back in time then. More...

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Alarum To Play ProgPower Fest With Cynic

Australian prog death metallers Alarum have been confirmed for the tenth-anniversary edition of the ProgPower Europe festival, set to take place from the 3rd to the 5th of October at JC Sjiwa in Baarlo, The Netherlands. It will be a very special performance as it is a one-off European show. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

Friday, October 3:


Saturday, October 4:

[to be announced]

Sunday, October 5:


* 1999 setlist (when WOLVERINE played the first-ever ProgPower Europe)
** Regular setlist

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Redemption To Headline Holland's Headway Festival

REDEMPTION, the Los Angeles-based progressive metal band led by guitarist/keyboardist/songwriter Nicolas van Dyk and featuring vocal legend Ray Alder of FATES WARNING, has been confirmed as the headliner of the Headway progressive rock and metal festival, which will celebrate its fifth anniversary in 2007. The festival will be held over two days — April 7 and April 8 — at P60 in Amstelveen, the Netherlands. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):


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Zero Hour Ready New Album and Tour

San Francisco Prog Metal band Zero Hour has readied their latest release and a tour in support of it. Now fronted by vocalist Chris Salinas (formerly of Power of Omens), the new line up recorded 7 songs under the guidance of the Producer/Engineer Dino Alden. Alden, having finished work on Marty Friedman's (Ex-Megadeth) newest solo album, gave the 7 songs an impressive professional shine. The album is titled Specs of Pictures Burnt Beyond and is already being held as one the years most anticipated releases. The band will be hitting the road to promote the new album throughout the US and Europe. Jasun and Troy have also released their first instructional videos through Chops From Hell. The momentum of Zero Hour is stronger than ever as they continue to carve their name into prog-metal history.

In support of the new album Specs of Pictures Burnt Beyond, the highly-revered prog-masters have announced a small South-to-East Coast tour beginning later this month. Tour dates follow:

10/28 Houston, TX - FBI Rock Club
11/04 Baltimore, MD - Onion Sound Studios w/ Suspyre
11/05 Metuchen, NJ - NJ Proghouse
11/09 Worcester, MA - Lucky Dog Music Hall w/ Odin's Court
11/11 Springfield, VA - Jaxx w/ Odin's Court
11/12 Brooklyn, NY - The Hook w/ Odin's Court, Enertia, The Void, Suspyre

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Zero Hour Announces New Lead Singer

California metalers Zero Hour have announced a new lead singer:

"Jasun, Troy & Mike are very pleased to announce that Chris Salinas (formerly of Power of Omens) is the new vocalist for Zero Hour. The guys couldn't ask for a better person and vocalist for the band. This will be the lineup for many CDs and live appearances."

"Zero Hour recorded a track to see how the four members would work together in the studio (Finding out from our past that this is a very, very important issue with band) and that everyone was willing to put in the maximum effort possible. The results are simply the best Zero Hour has ever had and we are excited to share a 2 minute clip of the song "Evidence of the Unseen". Zero Hour has written all the material for "Specs of Pictures Burnt Beyond" and looks to track all the material once Zero Hour has finished negotiations for the new disc."

"Thank you all for your continued support and this Zero Hour CD WILL push the limits to this date for Zero Hour fans."

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Zero Hour Finish Writing New Album

San Francisco Bay Area progressive metallers ZERO HOUR have completed the songwriting process for their new album, "Specs of Pictures Burnt Beyond", tentatively due next year. "This is easily our most technical CD to date and it's going to be our best," stated guitarist/keyboardist Jasun Tipton. "We can't wait to get this CD out to everyone. It's a MONSTER!!!"

"Specs of Pictures Burnt Beyond" tentative track listing:

01. Specs Of Pictures Burnt Beyond
02. The Falcon's Cry
03. Face the Fear
04. I am Here
05. Zero Hour
06. Evidence of the Unseen

ZERO HOUR's most recent CD, "A Fragile Mind", was issued earlier in the year through the Sensory label.

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