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Zen Thesis

The debut full length studio album from West Coast rockers Zen Thesis is set to place them squarely on the highway to rock -n- roll greatness. 'Flight of Foreverman' plays like a journey through the dark sided underbelly of a Hollywood bio pic, trading big dreams and hot desires for the very essence of human tragedy and universal truth. Singer Michael Montaine's roaring vocals crash like thunder across the mountain tops, while Jason Raines' weeping frenetic guitar solos will have you rockin' the air guitar in the bathroom mirror. The addition of Trent Berry(Bass/Vocals)& T.Roy(Drums/Percussion ...read more

The debut full length studio album from West Coast rockers Zen Thesis is set to place them squarely on the highway to rock -n- roll greatness. 'Flight of Foreverman' plays like a journey through the dark sided underbelly of a Hollywood bio pic, trading big dreams and hot desires for the very essence of human tragedy and universal truth. Singer Michael Montaine's roaring vocals crash like thunder across the mountain tops, while Jason Raines' weeping frenetic guitar solos will have you rockin' the air guitar in the bathroom mirror. The addition of Trent Berry(Bass/Vocals)& T.Roy(Drums/Percussion) brings to bear a rhythm section as formidable as any since John Entwistle and Keith Moon. Rounding out the line-up is the intricately skilled piano and organ accompaniments of Robert Branch. Drawing from the entirety of rock history, FOF represents the flavors of anti-establishment Dylan and CSNY swirling together with the arena rock religions of Van Halen, Pearl Jam, and U2. With 'Flight of Foreverman', Zen Thesis proves they are playing for keeps.

The opener, 'Unrest in the Garden' delivers you straight into the man made chaos of the digital world, followed by the pounding outlaw anthem 'Rooftops of Hollywood' with its GNR style dueling guitars and E-Street Band keyboard flourishes. 'Ordinary Trash' is a modern day gospel, layered with soul searching Hammond organ, hard hitting blues harp, and roof raising vocal harmonies. The haunted marching beat of 'Euphoria' stirs up the emotionally charged allegations of a country that has lost its way in the new world order. 'Original Sin' may be the best song this band has written to date, showcasing Montaine's growing vocal prowess alongside the ferocity of Raines' heart wrenching guitars in a tale of cold hearted treachery and deceit. The track 'Five Miles Wide' takes us back to the grungy realities of life on the streets of Hollywood and beyond, where dreams are shattered and opportunities wasted away. 'High Deaf' preaches the perils of living life in the television and video game trance that seems so prevalent in today's youth, while 'One More Day' laments the passing infatuation with the showbiz lifestyle in the tradition of The Eagles' Hotel California. The album ends powerfully with the title track 'Flight of Foreverman', bringing to bear all of the formidable weapons that this group of outlaw rockers can wield and then some. It leaves us drifting into the quiet aftermath of a pounding storm that has passed us by, longing for one more flash of lightning among the chirping crickets of a new day dawning. « hide


Flight of Foreverman
2009

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