Ground Zero

Seldom Does Hope Exhaust Despair

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This Ground Zero, not to be confused with the late, great experimental group from Japan of the same name, is from Connecticut, U.S.A. While they are plugged into the hardcore scene there, they actually play music that would be better classified under death metal. Seldom Does Hope Exhaust Despair, their first full-length record, has its moments (especially the title), but really can't be recommended. Bright spots do include "Fallen Angel" and "Mantel." They count among their musical influences Led Zeppelin, Sly & the Family Stone, and Prince -- go figure; they must like all kinds of music. In 2001, the group changed their name to Emmanuel 7.

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