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by Zoomlenz

This supergroup delivers their latest progressive rock record taking the listener on an atmospheric musical journey filled with dive-bomb guitars, power drumming, thick heavy grooves, and searing vocals from one of the great singers of our time!
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. Mad About You
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2. Ghost Radio
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3. Sweet Dreams
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4. Standing in Your Shadow
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5. Sea of Sorrow
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6. Angel Heart
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7. Far Off Target
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8. Orion (Alien Blues)
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9. Shanghai Daze
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10. Carolina
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11. Pillar of Stone
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12. Silver Lining
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13. Train to Nowhere
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Album Notes
ZOOMLENZ was originally conceived as a powerful and progressive studio project by WILD DOGS' guitarist and drummer, Jeff Mark and Tom Moller. The idea was to create something new and unique, while still retaining the heavy drum and guitar attack these two relentlessly delivered in the blistering metal band, WILD DOGS (Enigma/Capitol Records). With the addition of Terrence Lee Fletcher, a well known progressive bassist from the Northwest, the core of this intense new group was born. With an exceptional trio of power musicians now finally together, the missing link was the addition of a world class singer. Enter vocalist extraordinaire, Willie Dee Daffern, singer for Captain Beyond, Gary Moore's G-Force, and a number of other well known recording and touring acts. The search for the right mix of exceptional musicians to collaborate on the writing and recording of this stunning new musical gem was now complete.

What you hold in your hands (or have in your computer, smartphone, iPod, or other device) is the result of countless studio writing and recording sessions and our boundless commitment to you, our loyal fans around the world, to deliver what we consider our finest work to date. Unlike much of the music today, all basic tracks were laid in real time and performed together giving one the feeling of being in the studio with us and what it's like to truly "play off each other".

"Heavy grooves combined with strong hooks make this record a must for everyone longing to take the musical journey into the mind and often unexpected world of ZOOMLENZ. Searing vocal melodies delivered with conviction and precision round out this eclectic and diverse musical attack... a highly unique collection of songs that are both dark and mysterious, but always powerful and thought provoking... a stunning 13 Track masterpiece dedicated to making music devoid of trends."

Some of the other stellar reviews on the sound of ZOOMLENZ include...

* "Totally original sound with a heavy atmospheric feel." (Rock Hard Magazine)
* "Powerful, yet refined and spiritual in some ways." (DMX Music).
* "This record is raw power played with commercial finesse." (Midas Well Records)
* "The production and the talent on this record is absolutely killer!!." (Roy Vogt - Bass Professor Chair, Belmont University)



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Doc Holladay

A Masterpiece
I'm a Nashville songwriter with a background in everything from bluegrass to metal, although my primary writing medium these days would be country/pop/country-southern rock. I'm constantly exposed to music of all kinds and am regularly around some of the best and brightest musical and creative talent in the world. To put it bluntly, I'm not easily impressed. Having said that, I must say that this record blew me away. From top to bottom, this is a project born of passion and an undeniable loyalty to the things that actually matter about music. It was recorded in analog, as a BAND, and you can tell it. From a purely sonic perspective, it's sublime. The mixes are perfect, the sounds flawless, and the mastering enables one to listen at ridiculously high volumes without it ever feeling painful. When it wants to rock, it kicks like an abused mule on steroids, and yet, still maintains a tremendous amount of subtlety that most lesser bands lack. One reason for this is drummer Tom Moller's absolute insistence that the drums be played and incorporated as a musical INSTRUMENT, equally as important to the song as guitar, bass, or vocals. In that aim, he is wildly successful. It would seem that the band recognizes and truly appreciates this quality, as the drums are almost featured in many of the mixes. The effect of this is both devastating and beautiful. It's like Thor and Rachmaninoff had a love child, and that child plays drums. Guitarist Jeff M Horton is a master of tones and taste. He can obviously shred, but mostly chooses the path of restraint, showcasing an enormous amount of musical maturity and a "play for the song" attitude. He certainly has his brilliant solo moments, but it's his ability to layer sounds and to know what to play and what NOT to play that really helps make this project what it is. Bassist Terry Fletcher is the low end soulmate of Jeff and Tom's musicality, bringing the perfect amount of raw power and explosiveness when needed, while also being tasteful and quite intelligent about his playing. I literally found myself laughing out loud at some of his licks just because they were that damn good. Rounding out the band, lead vocalist Willie Daffern has one of those voices that simply defies categorization. Part Ozzy, part Chris Cornell, part werewolf, and part narrator, he delivers the songs with the conviction of a prophet and the raw emotion of a holocaust survivor. Simply put, he sounds like no one else and creates the unstoppable desire in the listener to just HAVE to know what this guy looks like in real life. Powerful, unmistakable, emotive and authentic... what more could you ask for, really? This record should really be called ZoomLAND, because when you listen to it, that's where you go.... to another land that the band has created. It's pull is so powerful that you are almost immediately drawn into this alternate universe and at times feel like you are literally floating inside the music. It's such a rare thing these days that it's easy to forget that that's what music is SUPPOSED to do, and this entire record is a kick in the ass and a wake up call to a musical world wallowing in a pastiche of soul-less virtual gobbledygook. This record is a testament and reminder of what real, live, human musicians are capable of. Even if it's not your preferred genre of music, this is worth a listen, as it will move you, I promise. Melodically, there shades of Joe Satriani and even Dream Theater, and this band would be a perfect addition to a tour by either. I hear some of the best parts of Ozzy, but without the sweaty, sleeveless, punk with the switchblade and brass knuckles feel. At times this record is, strangely, like watching a great sci-fi space opera in your head. There is darkness and pain, but also there is a glimmer of hope and redemption. There is mystery, but also the promise of answers if you allow yourself to let your spiritual side interpret it and read between the lines. Not to go all Yoda here, but you truly do have to "feel the force" with this one and allow yourself to be open and vulnerable to fully realize the power that's being transmitted here. This is, simply, what music should be: talent, heart, and a transformative experience. Do yourself a favor and buy this record, put on some headphones, close your eyes and let it take you on a trip that will challenge you, and if you let it, change you. - Doc Holladay, Nashville, TN