Independent hard rock band Zero Theorem recently announced that it will serve as support for Fozzy on a trio of live dates this summer. The performances, scheduled to take place July 10 in Columbus, OH; July 12 in Chicago, IL and Aug. 2 in Angola, IN, are part of Fozzy’s “Save The World Tour.” Zero Theorem’s performances are in support of its new EP The Killing: Part I. Originally scheduled for release in November through Seek & Strike Records, it was re-issued in January through Shim Sham LLC. The five-song, 15-minute record is a presentation that will appeal to fans of more well-known acts, such as Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin with its musical arrangements. Its lyrical content will appeal to an even wider range of listeners, as is evidenced in part through the EP’s opener ‘You.’ The song will be discussed shortly. ‘Something Different,’ the EP’s penultimate track, does its own share to make the record appealing to the noted audiences. It will be discussed a little later. The EP’s title track is another notable addition to the record’s presentation. When it is examined alongside the other two songs noted here and the EP’s remaining pair of songs, the presentation in whole becomes a work that shows some promise for this up-and-coming hard rock act. Given the right attention, they collectively make The Killing: Part I a work that could make the band one of the next big names in the hard rock community.
Zero Theorem’s new EP The Killing: Part I is an interesting new work for the up-and-coming hard rock band. It will appeal to a wide range of listeners with its combined musical and lyrical content, as is evidenced in part through its opener, ‘You.’ The song’s full-on industrial sound immediately lends itself to comparisons to works from the likes of Breaking Benjamin and Disturbed. The song’s heavy bridge adds comparisons to the likes of Fear Factory. That mix of musical influences does plenty to make this song stand out for any metal purist. Its fiery energy does well to compliment the song’s equally hard-hitting lyrical content, which addresses people who would rather stick their heads in the sand than do something to affect change in the world.
The noted message is inferred as front man Caesar sings in the song’s lead verse, “Death falls out from the sky/And you don’t even notice/Hollow and sunken eyes/You never hear the locusts/Wars wage another day/But you forsake the reason/Right now no one is safe/While there’s still life to feast on/You turn your head to forget/Your days are running out/If it happened to you/it could happen to you/If you were abused/Would you feel the same way, too?” He adds to his statement in the song’s second verse, singing, “Wash out another life/While you savor the taking/You’re almost out of time/You’re reckless and you’re breaking/Screams call out from all sides/But you don’t ever listen/You’d rather lose your sight/Than see all the attrition/You turn your head to forget/Your days are running out/If it happened to you/It could happen to you/If you were abused/Would you feel the same way, too?” This indictment of those who would rather ignore the world’s problems and complain about them than face them head on is a strong statement. It’s hardly the first time that a band or group has ever addressed the issue, but is still very much a welcome statement. The addition of the song’s equally hard-hitting musical arrangement drives home the frustration in the song’s lyrics, making the song in whole stand out that much more. Keeping all of this in mind, the song in whole is a prime example of what makes The Killing: Part I a notable new offering from Zero Theorem. It is just one of the EP’s key tracks. ‘Something Different,’ the fourth of the EP’s five tracks, is another important addition to its whole.
‘Something Different’ presents a musical arrangement that once again boasts the noted influences from Disturbed and Breaking Bejamin. The important thing to note here is that even with those influences, the arrangement in whole still manages to maintain its own identity. This song’s arrangement is more of a radio ready work, with its more straight-forward melodic hard rock approach. The verses and the chorus provide just enough melody and heaviness to make this work readily accessible for any mainstream hard rock fan. When that musical content is accompanied by the song’s thought provoking lyrical content, the whole makes the song stand out even more.
Caesar sings in the song’s lead verse, “You try to hide away from your thoughts/And all of the costs you cannot pay/You try to medicate through the hurt/And all that is worse/You suffocate/Don’t you see, the world slows down for no one/It slows down for no one/How can you believe this is who you are/When you know you’re something different/How can you still feel this is what you want/When inside you’re something different?” He continues in the song’s second verse, “You try to turn away from your grief/And all you believe/You cannot say/You try to replicate the disease/And all of its memes/You simulate/Don’t you see the world slows down for no one/It slows down for no one.” The message seemingly being presented here is yet again of someone trying to ignore reality, but in a different fashion this time. In this case, the song comes across as a commentary about those who would rather live in a false reality than face their own personal problems. That would explain the semi-sense of urgency in the song’s arrangement. Caesar reiterates the statement of getting a person to realize who and what he/she is. It is a work that is certain to resonate with plenty of listeners, and is just one more of the EP’s most notable entries. The EP’s title track is one more key addition to the record.
‘The Killing’ is perhaps the most unique of the songs featured in The Killing: Part I. That is due in large part to its musical arrangement. This arrangement is very driven by its keyboard and guitar lines. Drummer Jake Hayden adds his own punch to the song with his time keeping while bassist Eloy Palacios builds on that foundation to strengthen the song in whole even more. The whole of the band’s work makes the song a work that has the already noted influences, but instead of sound just like works from the noted bands, presents a sound that is unique to this band. One could even argue that the keyboards show a hint of influence from the likes of Amaranthe, in hindsight. All things considered here, the song’s arrangement makes itself reason enough for audiences to take in this song. The song’s lyrical content joins with the arrangement to make the song stand out even more.
Caesar sings in the song’s lead verse, “If in fact, we’re all just ordinary animals/Is our consciousness our own disease/Did we mean to create adversaries/Typical/The trap we set is our own belief/Bodies continue to fall/The killing’s taking over/There is no end to it all/Don’t sit back and wait ‘til the killing is over/There is no place to hide/
‘Til the killing is over/Commence with the killing.” He continues in the song’s second verse, “If in fact we’re just the start of something historical/Maybe we need to get to the next scene/let our cells divide themselves/While we go for a ride/As we roll/We laugh at our old things/Bodies continue to fall/The killing’s taking over/There is no end to it all/Don’t sit back and wait ‘til the killing is over/There is no place to hide/’Til the killing is over/Commence with the killing.” He adds in the song’s third and final verse, “No matter what you do/You are the problem, too/Banging our heads ‘til they shrink/Circular insanity.” Caesar returns to the song’s chorus again from here, but adding something slightly different this time, singing, “Dig our way down inside/With a fist on the ground and a finger to the sky/There is no place to hide/Commence with the killing.” Considering everything noted here, it would seem that Caesar (whose last name is not listed on the band’s official Facebook page) is presenting another commentary. The note in the song’s lead verse that “The trap we set is our own belief” clearly infers said statement. The statement that he makes in the song’s second verse that “maybe we need to the next scene” hints at said commentary even more. The chorus, which finds him addressing people who sit back while the proverbial killing is happening is another way in which he seems to make the statement about humans’ inaction when action is needed. These strong statements join with the song’s arrangement to make the song in whole its own standout addition to The Killing: Part I. When it is considered alongside the EP’s other songs noted here and the rest of the record’s works, the whole of the record proves to be a strong new effort Zero Theorem that deserves its own share of attention.
Zero Theorem’s new EP The Killing: Part I is a positive new offering from the band that proves the up-and-coming hard rock outfit has promise for the future. That is proven through the record’s musical and lyrical content, as has been proven here. Between the heavy musical arrangements and the insightful commentary in the lyrics, the 15-minute record offers audiences plenty to appreciate. All things considered, they make The Killing: Part I one of this year’s top new EPs. The record is available now. More information on the EP is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:
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