Zeroking – Kings Of Self Destruction

Zeroking - Kings Of Self Destruction

ZEROKING
KINGS OF SELF DESTRUCTION
Released February 14, 2012 (Vanity Music Group)

Track List:
01. Dead Rockstar
02. Forget Vegas
03. She Said
04. Showtime Revolution
05. Southern Lady, Ex-Godiva
06. Stone Cold Bitch
07. Love Is Dead
08. Kings Of Self Destruction
09. Girls Of California
10. The Party’s Over
11. Black Friday
12. Valentine
13. Leaving Los Angeles
iTunes Bonus Tracks:
14. Valentine (Studio Outtake)
15. Stone Cold Bitch (Acoustic Live)
16. Girls Of California (Single Edit)

Band:
Andy Haught – vocals
Shane Day – guitar
Paul First – bass
Chris Webb – drums

Additonal Musicians:
Stacee Lawson – vocals

Production:
Produced by Steve Riley.

Review:
Who knew that deep within West Virginia resided America’s next superstar rock outfit? Zeroking look like Motley Crue and Guns N’ Roses, yet push the envelope of hard rock into uncharted alterna-pop territory and pulls it off with ease. Zeroking are seasoned warriors of the ‘opening for national acts’ circuit and they prove this on the release of Kings Of Self Destruction.

  Combine bands like Sixx: A.M., Ten Seconds To Mars, and Atreyu in a blender backstage at a Motley Crue concert and you could pour out the head-pounding and satisfying, yet also soothing, epic album chock full of killer tracks know as Kings Of Self Destruction. The songs drip with edgy rock ‘n’ roll tinged with sex and alcohol. Metal rockers like “Stone Cold Bitch” and “Girls Of California” slide easily alongside alt-rockers like “Kings Of Self Destruction” and “Black Friday”. The opening of “Black Friday” is a great showcase for the guitarist and then segues right into a radio friendly alt-rock song with a great hook for a chorus. “Love Is Dead”, which features a duet with Stacee Lawson, is a great example of superior songwriting and the skills to deliver a classic and modern edged rocker.

  But for me the song that really stood out was “Valentine” — this track is a pure pop alterna-rock ballad, but it works and works well. It haunts you with its melody and pulls itself out of the album to stand alone… and I’m writing that as an avid fan of scorching lead guitar driven metal but that song is the key to the future success of Zeroking.

  Overall Kings Of Self Destruction is one good album with something for everyone — from metal to pop ballads. Every track is a different flavor for this band that seems to revel in the ability to change its colors like some sort of heavy rock chameleon. You can certainly tell that Zeroking has gained a ton of experience from being the chosen opening act for many varied national acts — and are a band to watch out for in 2012.

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Reviewed by Bryan Martin (Witch Meadow guitarist) for Sleaze Roxx, March 2012

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