"Kings of Self Destruction" (Vanity Music Group; 2012)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Zeroking is a West Virginia-based quartet armed with an enormous sound ready for commercial rock radio domination as heard on their 13-track album "Kings of Self Destruction."

Bridging the gap between the Sunset Strip heyday and modern rock’s current landscape, this troupe displays a penchant for delivering driving guitars (“Girls of California”) and soaring vocal melodies (“She Said,” “Forget Vegas”) in addition to doling out some down home dirty blues (“Southern Lady Ex-Godiva”) and tender ballads straight from the hair metal archives (“Love is Dead”).

Offering something for every hard rock fan from punchy to pensive, Zeroking takes the best of Pop Evil, Shinedown, and bands from back in the day like Electric Angels to create a hard rock experience full of passionate and powerful grooves.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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