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Looking to Start a Riot

by Zero Down

Genre: Metal/Punk: 70's Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dead to Life
3:21 $0.99
2. Year of the Rat
4:14 $0.99
3. The Vulture
4:16 $0.99
4. Broken
4:30 $0.99
5. Last Days of the Crow/Knockout Brigade
5:27 $0.99
6. Sweet Revenge
4:37 $0.99
7. Snake Eyes
4:01 $0.99
8. Battle At the Battle of the Bands
3:16 $0.99
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Derric Miller

Hardrock Haven.Net
The third studio album from this razor-edged quintet continues their penchant for penning testosterone-fueled Metal anthems, ripping guitar solos, a sense of humor few bands portray, and over-the-top vocals from front man Mark Hawkinson, aka Hawk.
While obesely heavy — the music! — Zero Down still somehow manage to create memorable hooks in every track you hear on the new release. Starting with “Dead to Life,” the searing riffs remind you of why Zero Down’s music is so refreshing. They somehow hearken back to the days of Dio and Priest but bring a lot more … grit. Some of this is due to Hawk’s snarling vocal style; it’s part shouting on-key and part screaming in a scratchy falsetto like Udo, also on key though. The guitar solo from Lenny Burnett impresses, and if you have had the pleasure of seeing them live (Hardrock Haven has) then you’ll know this is no studio magic — the guys can play.

“Year of the Rat” leaps forth and gallops into your temple with the same fever as the opener. One thing you’ll notice is that while the band wields a lot of talent, “nuance” isn’t one of them. The music just slaps you in the teeth, and your bloody smile is better off for it. If these guys ever made it over to Wacken Open Air, you’d see 10,000 new Zero Down fans be baptized within one track. That’s the kind of (mostly) European Classic Metal vibe Zero Down oozes.

The next few songs were written with the same amounts of napalm, so when you come to “Last Days of the Crow/Knockout Bridge,” which is also the longest song on the release, you get to catch your breath, slightly. At least for the first 1:30. As mentioned … not much nuance. But you can see the band branching out into new areas here with a more complicated opening and not just riffing away at your skull. Of course, with lines like “Fortress of fire! Light my fuse!” it’s still Zero Down.

By the time you land on “Battle at the Battle of the Bands” you should be frothing nicely. And they end the riot act perfectly with the heaviest, fastest, most rabid composition here. Drummer Tyler Lindsley must lose about five pounds every time he practices this song; it’s not just the fills, it’s the frenetic tempo that never lets up. “Two bands enter, one band leaves! Zero Down enters … no band leaves!” If you wondered if they have a little Manowar-style bravado in them … yeah, they do.

Zero Down has been a Hardrock Haven favorite since the first time they sent in an album for review. They keep improving while somehow devolving into the purest sound they can unleash. It’s not only that they are getting “better;” it’s that they are getting more “Zero Down-ish.” This is who the band at its core, and Looking to Start a Riot is the band finding their basest musical identity and puking it onto vinyl/CD/MP3 for you to relish.


Powerful Riffs
“Powerful riffs, sharp solos and some downright fun songs….Some label needs to swoop in and sign this band as they show a lot of promise”
Metal Mike @


Fire It Up!
"I can't believe that it's been three long years since Zero Down stomped a mud hole in my brain with their insanely good 2008 effort, Good Times at the Gates of Hell. Sooo okay though 'cause these Seattle natives are back with their third official album and it's like they were never away.
Looking To Start A Riot is classic Zero Down stomp metal beginning to end, attitiude fully accounted for, melody injected, songs hangin on for dear life as the band maniacally tear the place to shreds. Hawk hollers his vocal chords into oblivion while the band bash out another eight anthems of their particular life code. It's all so much metallic mayhem that the more subtle elements can get lost in the fury but they are there if you listen close enough. Check out the sublime twin melodic leads that open up "Broken" or the down-trodden funeral dirge that is "Last Days of the Crow" which is quickly hammered into next week by "Knockout Brigade."
For me, these guys are absolute world beaters and this album is no different! Fire it up!"


Black Hole
The first thing that hit me in the face when I put on Zero Down's new album "Looking to Start a Riot" is that it's hard, like I'm gonna get a black eye hard! It’s classic Euro Heavy Metal at it’s current best!

Sir Lord Doom - Hellion Records

Must Have!
One very fresh act in the always youthful field of heavy metal rock`n`roll comes from Seattle, which is still most famous for having spoiled the whole heavy metal sound with their alternative and fuzz rock scene, that became overblown by the early to mid 90s before it passed away silently. Anyway, before these cruel times the city of the rain spawned killer metal acts like ROTTWEILLER, CULPRIT, QUEENSRYCHE, FIFTH ANGEL and HEIR APPARENT, just to name a handful of many, many good bands. And now it seems that there is a new generation of such real metal acts coming from the underground and among them we find ZERO DOWN, a group roaming the scene for a few years now, ready to hit the world wide true metal circuit with the current album “Looking to start a riot”. Well, what we get here is a hotter than hell bastard of fucking heavy mid to late 70s proto metal such as KISS, THIN LIZZY, ACCEPT, SAXON, MOTÖRHEAD, JUDAS PRIEST and UFO with hints of NWoBHM bands from the first to the last row such as QUARTZ, SAMSON, TANK, SPLIT BEAVER or SPIDER. You get the point? There is very, very much rock`n`roll feeling steaming from the twin guitar driven, dirty and earthy, yet anthemic heavy metal tunes you get to hear on this CD. Take a listen and be blown away. There is only straight and powerful music to be found here, blessed with a raw and utterly heavy, yet lively and warm sound that works like a injection needle being pushed into your mind letting the music float directly into your soul. This is, as I said, steaming hot, played with passion and dedication. These cats always have the great old days in their view when heavy metal was fresh and furious but they are far from being a retro band. They saved and refreshed the original feeling and, bless you, not many current bands did that. For each dedicated follower of such underground killer acts as HIGH SPIRITS, ZÜÜL, BIBLE OF THE DEVIL a must have. Rawk it up, baby!!!!