Fates Warning, Cynthesis, Arch/Matheos, Control Denied, Watchtower, Riverside
It is always a cause for celebration when a band reforms, especially when that initial break-up was caused by circumstances beyond the bands control. Zero Hour officially disbanded in 2013 after nerve injuries caused bassist Troy Tipton to become unable to play in 2008. Yet, rising from the ashes like a phoenix, Zero Hour have returned with Andreas Blomqvist of Seventh Wonder on bass to deliver their comeback album ‘Agenda 21’.
When it comes to progressive metal, there are plenty of dynamics to choose from as bands paint their canvas with different shades and with ‘Agenda 21’, Zero Hour demonstrate just what the world has been missing in their absence. ‘Agenda 21’ is a fantastic album of prog metal done right; there is no arsing around here with djent or post-metal polyrhythms, instead, this album is a beautiful piece of classic progressive metal where tracks such as ‘Technocracy’, ‘Memento Mori’ and the expansive opening track ‘Democide’ offer all the appeal and enjoyability of Fates Warning, Arch/Matheos and Watchtower. Furthermore, there is a real quality here that would bring in fans of not only Riverside, but also Cynthesis and Abnormal Thought Patterns.
Zero Hour may have been away for far too long, but they have returned to the plain of the living with a real graceful landing holding an absolutely superb album of progressive metal and any fan of that classic prog metal sound should grab a copy.
"a superb album of progressive metal"
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