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“Ground above Zero’s freshman release, Light It Up and Pray For Rain, will hit the streets on April 18, 2014. The quasi metal artists first release (and long anticipated) is a solid effort from beginning to end. The powerful sonic assault kicks in on the opening track, “Hide And Seek (Ophelia)” and doesn’t let up. The band soars on “Raven’s Voice” and “Riot” as the assault continues. Heather Haas-Prestridge vocals are spot on and the band rocks the house, literarily, I cranked this one up and rattled a few pics off the wall. The project was recorded and mixed at Evergroove Studio with the assistance of Brad Smalling and the sound is impeccable, not a lot to complain about here. The crew also enlisted the assistance of local legend Tim Kaminski (Yerkish) who provided vocals and lyrics on “Discontent”. I give the release a great big local thumbs-up. The the crew should pat themselves on the back for a job well done and get busy on their next release!”
“Where guitars have prominently played a major role in metal music, GAZ breaks the mold with Haas’s bass, an approach popularized by Metallica’s Cliff Burton in the early ‘80s. Haas plays lead bass with a melodic power that projects through the band’s music. With the bass being the key to good metal music, Haas takes it to another level, “We have no problem sitting back and letting Josh do his thing,” relay Gallagher and Nugent. “The man can play a mean lead bass.” [He] is impressive, and is also responsible for the majority of the music the outfit is crafting. Not to be outdone, Nugent and Gallagher provide a brute force–tag team tandem–on the guitars, creating a musical tension as the two contend for dominance. Drummer, Prestridge, fills out the sound adeptly with an exceptional amount of mettle and hits the metal drummer trifecta of “speed, power, and precision.””