Origin: Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA  
Genres: Progressive Metal
Last update/review: August 27, 1999

Tal Dorgar

Tal Dorgar is, simply, one of the most unique-sounding progressive metal bands I've heard in a long time. They've released a couple of cassettes in the past (one of which piqued my interest a few years ago), but Zero To Nowhere is their first CD, completely self-financed. The band has a quirky progressive style, with several interesting time signatures (i.e. not 4/4) and a strange fuzzy guitar sound, with rather understated, almost alternative-sounding (but more melodic) vocals. The closest comparison I can think of is early Thought Industry, as both bands have similarly intriguing influences and penchants for unusual lyrics/song titles (such as "Politics And Insects" and "Vex The Obscure" here). The guitar sound and vocal style take a bit of getting used to, and it would be nice to see what the band could do with a larger recording budget, but Zero To Nowhere is one of the coolest albums I've heard in a while -- a sure Top Ten pick. See the web page below for ordering information.

Last Lineup

Chris Hoovler


Lee Foster


Matthew McWhirt



Zero To Nowhere  
1999 self-financed
  1. The Machinery Of Virtue
  2. Terminus
  3. Politics And Insects
  4. Force Of Crisis
  5. Crestfallen
  6. Vex The Obscure
  7. Chandelier Dreams
  8. The Judas Hour
  9. Symbiosis
  10. Zero To Nowhere

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