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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 20, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sensory Records
  • ASIN: B000AMYJI2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,069 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on September 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Much time has passed since Zero Hour's undisputable masterpiece The Towers of Avarice. The Tipton brothers are back with their third album along with long-time drummer Mike Guy. There is a newcomer on board, however. Original vocalist Erik Rosvold has been replaced by Fred Marshall who had lots of Zero Hour fans, myself included, anxious, since Erik Rosvold was an integral part of the Zero Hour's unique sound.

Well, Fred Marshall puts all worries aside easily. He has a strong voice, great control, and rich delivery. Moreover he was involved in the songwriting, adding his lyrics and vocal melodies with good results. He does sound different than Rosvold, as he seems to harmonise a lot with his own voice, and moves around in his range continuously. Granted his voice may not come off as original as Rosvold's, Fred Marshall is certainly one of the main reasons why Zero Hour's A Fragile Mind differs from their previous releases. The harmony vocals on "There for Me" are sure new additions to their songmanship, with distinct emphasis on melodic vocal lines. I personally think Marshall's delivery is uncannily similar to Roy Khan's earlier work with Conception and the last Kamelot album, even though Khan isn't mentioned as an influence on their website. The vocal melodies on the complex "Destiny is Sorrow" are amazing, punctuated by sweeping harmonies and atmospheric keyboards. Each song displays another aspect of Marshall's impressive vocal range. He sounds dark and evil on "Brain Surgery", a shorter piece filled with a manic guitar run hidden beneath ferocious bass and power drums, while "Twice the Pain" features great contrast between his softer fragile tone to a more extreme type of voice with thick layers of vocal harmonies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan A. Carra on January 27, 2006
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I have always been a fan of zero. i like this album and the previous 2 albums. its a strong album the music is pretty solid. the drums and bass are as strong as ever on this album. with the difficult timeing still on this album. they got a new singer in this album. this worried me but, the new singer does his part well and fits in great. and last guitar, jasun tipson plays great like usual but, he barely even has two solos in this album. and that pissed me off because he is a great guitarist. but yes he still has allot of fast lead lines. and a few crazy parts. dont get me wrong. he still plays great in the album. now the reason i only gave 4 stars. because i feel the musicianship in their last album was tighter. and the music was more progressive. they are still progressive, but not as much as the last albums. and that kind of irritates me. but its still a great techinical prog metal album. and i sujest to buy it. its worth the money.
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US band ZERO HOUR was formed back in the 1990's, and while it might be the case that they are inactive at the time of writing they had the time and opportunity to make themselves fairly well known until the band appeared to ebb out. "A Fragile Mind" was their third full length album, and was released through Laser's Edge subdivison Sensory Records back in 2005.

Progressive metal is what Zero Hour is all about, and a variety of it that is somewhat different from what many other bands described as such explore as well. More challenging for starters, and focusing on other elements than mood, atmosphere and melody as such. Or perhaps one might say that they focus on additional elements, as their music isn't void of either of the three elements mentioned.

Bass and drums have a much more prominent place in the arrangements assembled by Zero Hour. Fairly loud and dominant, they provide much of the heavy characteristics of the themes of that nature found on this album. While we're treated to a fine array of massive, dark guitar riffs throughout admittedly, just as common if not more so are guitars with more of a dampened and controlled expression, compact riffs supplementing the heavy bass and drums driven foundation rather than the latter supplementing the former.

Rather than opting for melody and harmony based riff arrangements Zero Hour tend to utilize staccato and hammering ones, often repetitive and uniform in expression, with subtle variations in timbre and quirky details of a technical nature catering for the majority of variation. In addition we're treated to a vast array of alterations in pace, intensity and tonal range, emphasizing the challenging nature that tends to be a key feature of the compositions at hand.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chad Novell on May 13, 2010
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Disappointing to say the least. It's just more of the same riffs from the first two albums rehashed with considerably less vocal talent over the top of them. I realize now what truly put The Towers of Avarice over the top for me was original singer, Eric Rosvold. As long as you have Towers and Metamorphosis, you don't need anything else.
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5 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Scott Rodriguez on February 14, 2006
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Okay, I have no idea why I am seeing so many awesome reviews on this CD. I got "Towers of Advince" after reading the reviews, and it was justified. That CD was very original sounding and flowed nicely. It was technical, but didn't lull you into boredom like Spiral Architect or something.

However, "Fragile Mind" COMPLETELY stinks. Every song sounds like the previous one, and they all sound like copycats of "Towers of Advince." Seriously, some riffs are straight out of their last albumn. You know how some bands just make a new CD that sounds like their successful one? Well this is like that.

I'm not saying this band sucks - because the last CD was one of the best progressive CD's I've ever heard. But this one put me to sleep. I've tried getting into it, but it's just the same sound over and over.
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