Origin: Pleasanton, California, USA  
Genres: Progressive Metal
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Last update/review: January 17, 2017

Zero Hour

Zero Hour was an outstanding progressive metal band originating from the Bay Area of California. The Towers Of Avarice, their second album following a self-financed, self-titled debut, represents a crowning moment in technical progressive metal. Unlike many prog metal bands who side toward the melodic and forego the real metal, Zero Hour doesn't forget how to be heavy and progressive at the same time. The closest reference point might be Control And Resistance-era Watchtower, as the rhythm section is constantly keeping the listener guessing with off-beat tempos and time shifts -- factor in classy guitar work and clear, melodic, yet powerful vocals, and the result is a near faultless album. Since then several albums were released on the Sensory label, but the band was put on hold for some time and later officially disbanded, in 2013. The core of the band (brothers Jasun and Troy Tipton) kept themselves busy elsewhere, once with Death Machine and more recently in Cynthesis.

Last Lineup

Chris Salinas

vocals (ex-Power Of Omens)

Jasun Tipton

guitars/keyboards (Cynthesis, ex-Death Machine)

Troy Tipton

bass (Cynthesis, ex-Death Machine)

Mike Guy

drums (ex-Death Machine)

Former Members/Guests

Erik Rosvold

vocals/keyboards (Cynthesis)

Fred Marshall

vocals (Futures End)


Zero Hour  
1999 independent
  1. Eyes Of Denial
  2. The System Remains
  3. Voice Of Reason
  4. Metamorphosis I - Descent
  5. Metamorphosis II - Awaken
  6. Metamorphosis III - Union
  7. Metamorphosis IV - Solace
  8. Metamorphosis V - Ascent
  • Erik Rosvold
  • Jasun Tipton
  • Troy Tipton
  • Mike Guy

The Towers Of Avarice  
2001 Sensory
  1. The Towers of Avarice
  2. The Subterranean
  3. Stratagem
  4. Reflections
  5. Demise and Vestige
  6. The Ghosts of Dawn
  • Erik Rosvold
  • Jasun Tipton
  • Troy Tipton
  • Mike Guy

2003 Sensory
  1. Eyes Of Denial
  2. The System Remains
  3. Rebirth
  4. Voice Of Reason
  5. A Passage
  6. Metamorphosis I - Descent
  7. Metamorphosis II - Awaken
  8. Metamorphosis III - Union
  9. Metamorphosis IV - Solace
  10. Metamorphosis V - Ascent
  11. Eyes Of Denial (demo version)
  12. Jaded Eyes (demo)
  • Erik Rosvold
  • Jasun Tipton
  • Troy Tipton
  • Mike Guy

A Fragile Mind  
2005 Sensory
  1. Intro
  2. There For Me
  3. Brain Surgery
  4. Losing Control
  5. Twice the Pain
  6. Somnecrophobia
  7. A Fragile Mind
  8. Intrinsic
  • Fred Marshall
  • Jasun Tipton
  • Troy Tipton
  • Mike Guy

Specs Of Pictures Burnt Beyond  
2006 Sensory
  1. Face the Fear
  2. The Falcon's Cry
  3. Embrace
  4. Specs of Pictures Burnt Beyond
  5. Zero Hour
  6. I Am Here
  7. Evidence of the Unseen
  • Chris Salinas
  • Jasun Tipton
  • Troy Tipton
  • Mike Guy

Dark Deceiver  
2008 Sensory
  1. Power To Believe
  2. Dark Deceiver
  3. Inner Spirit
  4. Resurrection
  5. Tendonitis
  6. The Temple Within
  7. Lies
  8. The Passion of Words
  9. Severed Angel
  • Chris Salinas
  • Jasun Tipton
  • Troy Tipton
  • Mike Guy

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