Zero Hour - A Fragile Mind (Sensory/Laser's Edge) - Back
On Zero Hour’s new disc “A Fragile Mind” the music can be technical, but a little confusing. Supposedly this is for fans of Spiral Architect, Meshuggah, Cynic, Fates Warning and Dream Theater. Maybe a little, they kind of have a muddled unique sound, but I understand the progressive stuff. Musically they are kinda weird, even goofy. It might be the structures of the songs, since they use so many different elements. They combine hard rock, metal, progressive rock and maybe even a few goth rock elements, but when a note gives you a smirk because of how much it sounds out of place, they might be getting too creative. With the vocals, at times it reminded me of a gothic version of Alice In Chains. I don’t know why, but I think it’s the first thing I thought of as I listened to the disc. Vocals especially remind me of Lane Staley. Dino Alden produced this CD. You may have heard of him from his work with Marty Friedman and Racer X. Zero Hour have ability but it doesn’t seem they put it to use properly all the time. It’s like they rather showcase their talents instead of writing as a group. I guess I just don’t really care for this disc, or I’m misunderstanding their idea completely.

Rating: 67