Zero – Zero [1995]

Country Switzerland          

Style Hard Rock

Rating 83/100

Band Members Angi Schiliro – Guitars, Claudio Schiliro – Vocals, David Pisano – Keyboards, Diego Rapachietti – Drums, Enzo Butta – Bass

Tracks 01. Zerock (5:20), 02. Last Of The Teenage Idol (4:16), 03. Waiting For Your Love (5:11), 04. Cryin’ Out For Mercy (4:48), 05. No Time For Lyin’ (4:44), 06. Space Shuffle (6:03), 07. The One And Only (4:48), 08. Breathless (3:53), 09. Billy Boy (4:29), 10. Eternally Yours (4:45), 11. I Still Want You (6:22), 12. Is This The End (2:59)

Profile Italian guitar hero Angi Schiliro, established in Switzerland, is known as former member of KINGDOM COME, PAGANINI, STORMBRINGER, and as songwriter for KROKUS, CHINA and other Swiss bands as well. Also for his solo albums ‘White Lady I & II’, excellent pieces of powerful and stylized instrumental rock. But Angi’s most ambitious act was ZEROp, a hard / melodic rock band with international projection.

With his brother Claudio Schiliro as vocalist, the band was ready to conquer the world, but unfortunately the dream was suddenly truncated by a terrible car accident, which put Claudio out of action for years. Their Self-Titled one and only effort, also known as “From Zero, To Hero”, is one of the best hard rock albums coming out of Europe during the ’90s and years to come. 

Sounding like a mix of FAIR WARNING, JADED HEART and American classic Hard Rock bands, with a flawless musicianship, big hooks and first class production, this disc has all to be a real winner. The guitar work is just sensational, massive killer razor riffs & solos but clean & polished with tons of harmonies. Claudio Schiliro vocals are powerful, yet sweet in the ballady, and the rhythm section blast the speakers with a monster sound.

And the songs… phenomenal if we talk about melodious hard rock. ‘Zerock’ is catchy and very americanized, ‘Last Of The Teenage Idol’ in a VAN HALEN style, ‘Waiting For Your Love’ like the first EXTREME but much much bigger. ‘Cryin’ Out for Mercy’ (co-written with the great Mervyn Spence of O’RYAN / FACE FACE fame) is a terrific melodic rocker sounding like a WHITESNAKE 1987 tune. Just Great! ‘The One And Only’ seems a track off JADED HEART’s debut, a melodic hard rock perfection from start to finish. The beautiful mid-tempo ‘Breathless’ features fantastic arrangements, and ‘Billy Boy’ is a freight train ala Mr.BIG (guitars galore). The ballads are awesome too, ‘No Time For Lyin’, ‘Eternally Yours’ (love this tune) and ‘I Still Want You’.

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Zero - Zero [1995], 9.0 out of 10 based on 5 ratings
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