Zeroking – Kings of Self Destruction

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Zeroking hail from Huntington, West Virginia. They got together in 2005 and released an EP called "Sweet Sale Of Excess’ in 2006. The band started recording this album in 2009 and have released a few tracks over the past while to promote the album.

The band describe their sound as a mixture of Motley Crue and GnR meets Buckcherry and Hinder. They have shared the stage with bands such as Anthrax, Jackyl, Black Stone Cherry and Airbourne.

The opening tracking, "Dead Rock Star", has a rawness and aggression to it that unfortunately extends to the lyrics which contain, in my opinion, completely unnecessary use of explicit language. OK, unnecessary for me, but it fits in the whole rock star sleazy party theme to the majority of lyrics, nothing thought provoking going on here.

I have the first Buckcherry album, but it has been so long since I listened to it that I can’t remember what they sound like. Hinder are a possible reference point, but for me that means Nickelback must be in the mix somewhere as well. So from a melodic rock perspective, are there any more classic influences. Well, a bit of Aerosmith on "Forget Vegas", a bit Skynyrd on Southern Lady, "Girls Of California" has a GnR swagger to it and closing track "Leaving Los Angeles" has some old retro cheese added to the mix. Overall, the album sounds good when cranked up as the band convey a sense of energy and vitality to their music. It is a solid performance. That is a bit of surprising statement as I had the impression that my reaction was a bit more positive than that but I think maybe the bonus tracks, which are OK by the way, just gave me too much music to digest while sitting down to write the review and that a shorter blast of this might have fared better.

Zeroking release EP

ZEROKING UNLEASHES ‘A TASTE OF SELF DESTRUCTION’

(Huntington, WV – 16 June 2011) – Rising US hard rock quartet, ZeroKing have released their new Ep, A Taste Of Self Destruction through Vanity Music Group.  The five tracks on offer, "Girls Of California", "Stone Cold Bitch", "She Said", "Black Friday" and "Kings Of Self Destruction" are all pulled from the band’s sophomore release, Kings Of Self Destruction, which drops on 27 September 2011.

"After the release of our digital single, we wanted to make those songs available at our shows as well," frontman, Andy Haught says. "So, we decided to package those along with three other songs from the ‘Kings …’ record that are staples in our live set. The next logical decision was to make all 5 songs available online as either single tracks or as a very affordable digital EP. We feel this is a great way to get these songs out quickly to our fans while we are shoring up the release details for "KOSD" and help spread our name and music more to build both our fanbase and the anticipation for the full length CD."

Formed in Huntington, West Virginia in early 2005, the band has shared the stage with artists such as Anthrax, Twisted Sister, Bobaflex, Jackyl, Dope, Black Stone Cherry, Airbourne and many more, becoming the "go to" band for regional promoters needing a secure draw and an act that can step into the ring with anyone. The band has gone on to play events such as Rocklahoma, X Fest,103.1 The Bear’s ‘Party Like A Rockstar’ Festival, and Bearfest, amongst a host of other high profile events.

In the summer of 2009 ZeroKing entered Smash Hit Studios in Huntington, WV., to begin tracking the Kings Of Self Destruction album with producer and engineer Steve Riley. Comprised of 13 tracks, the session produced a tour de force of hard rock and metal. From anthemic rockers, to songs chock full of heavy metallic riffage, the album contains more than enough to satiate fans of new school, old school, and everything in between. As if all that wasn’t enough, the session produced a couple of melodic, captivating ballads, showcasing yet another strong dimension of the band.

ZeroKing’s single, "Stone Cold Bitch" b/w "Girls Of California" was released in March and can be purchased on iTunes at this link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/stone-cold-bitch-single-single/id423221702?ls=1.

For more on ZeroKing visit their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Zerokingfans and their Reverbnation page at www.reverbnation.com/zeroking.

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