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Zero Based Perception are represented
on this CD by the track "Forever My Keeper"

Contact Information
Web: www.angelfire.com/band2/zbp
MP3.com: www.mp3.com/ZeroBasedPerception
E-mail: opus_23ca@yahoo.ca

Mailing Address:
Zero Based Perception
12 Huron Court, Aurora, ON  L4G 2X8
CANADA

Phone: (905) 506-6247

Zero Based Perception - Biography

The story of Zero Based Perception is a strange tale indeed. Zero Based Perception began an alternative band called Graveyard Shift. This band lasted the better part of two years and disbanded sometime around 1997. After several false starts, many member changes and bands names they settled on Zero Based Perception. Stading as a four-piece the band recorded their first demo, entitled "Weak", at Newmarket Multimedia with Dan Preston behind the controls. The 5-song disc was decent at best and something like only 25 copies were made. The track listing was as follows: 1. Time's Exit Wound, 2. The Weak, 3. Death of Silence, 4. Source of Devastation, 5. Burning Paper Walls. More member changes followed with one of the four having to leave. Following this crushing blow, the three remaining members contemplated the fate to the band. Not wanting to throw the towel in just yet, the three soldiers of death decided to go it alone, not wanting to risk the band's chemistry and tightness at the expense of bringing in another guitarist or vocalist. Since then, Zero Based Perception has written and played the best and most complex songs of their short careers, and have completed yet another demo (recorded late February '02) called "Existential Hypocrisies". This second demo sounded like a completely different band when compared to the first. A much tighter, much heavier and much better produced (as well as much more expensive!) demo, the track listing is as follows: 1. Forever your Keeper, 2. The Weak, 3. The Outsider, 4. Futility in Three Parts, 5. Apparatus of Predation. With all this in mind, it seems that ZBP have gotten through the worst -- at least for the time being. The future looks bright, however the road will not be an easy one. 

The three members of the band are now:

Brian Engineer - Drums
Blake Wolfe - Bass, vocals
Gord White - Guitar, vocals

 

Interview Introduction By EvilG

ZBP are perhaps one of the more underground and unknown bands on the compilation since they haven't had anyone distributing their material and because they are a young and fairly new band. When I heard their demo though, I knew from their material that this didn't matter, they still kicked some serious ass. From the songs available for consideration I selected "Forever Your Keeper" since it featured some very cool riffing and was the catchiest song of the lot. 

The below interview is with ZBP vocalist/guitarist Gord White.

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How did you first learn about Metal-Rules.com?

Through the New Metal Webring. I just did a random search and wound up at Metal-Rules.com. Haven't left since!

 

 

Are you a regular visitor to the Metal-Rules.com webzine?

Yes. I go pretty much everyday and post on the forum pretty frequently. Blake is about the same and I'm pretty sure Brian still checks the site every now and then, but doesn't post on the forum anymore.

 

 

How important is Metal-Rules.com or the Internet in general for getting your music?

Pretty important. I learn a lot more about bands through the internet and more specifically Metal-Rules.com. There are a lot of knowledgeable people at Metal-Rules.com, and since there aren't many metalheads in my town, the internet makes it easy to learn.

 

 

In your experience, either as a reader or as a band, what has Metal-Rules.com meant to you?

Like I said above, just a great place to learn and converse about my
favorite subject--METAL!!

 

 

Do you think webzines like Metal-Rules.com are, or maybe someday could, replace traditional published magazines?

I hope not. I love the printed word (I AM a graphic designer) and I don't think a website can give you the same feeling that a beautifully designed magazine can. But the web has its uses, and I think that we will see more and more webzines sprouting up and gaining more popularity.

 

 

Can you please list the members of the band and what they each person plays?

Brian Engineer - Drums
Blake Wolfe - Bass, vocals
Gord White - Guitar, vocals

 

 

How long has the band been together and what goals would you like to achieve in the coming years with the band?

We've been together for about three years, I guess. I think the main goals are to get signed, to play more shows, and to release a full-length CD.

 

 

In your opinion, what style of metal would you say best describes what you play?

Definitely thrash with some death and progressive influences thrown in. But it's not really that simple. We draw from a wide range of influences from hardcore to power metal to progressive rock.

 

 

Who have been some of your main influences?

For me it's been mostly thrash bands like Testament, Overkill and Metallica's first four albums, in addition to Vader, Iced Earth, Iron Maiden and Sacrifice. I also listen to a lot of classic rock and the Tragically Hip. Everyone in Canada loves the Hip, right? 

Blake listens to a lot of different stuff. He listens to a lot of hardcore and punk, but also Sepultura, Slayer and older In Flames. But then again, there's his penchant for black metal...

Brian's favourite band is Rush, but about a year ago you'd find him listening to death metal almost exclusively. Some of his other influences include Rhapsody, Sepultura, Opeth and Nevermore.

 

 

Since your not signed, I assume you are you currently looking for a label or distribution?

No we're not signed, and YES we're looking for a label/distro.

 

 

Have you contributed work to other compilation CDs?

Nope. We're compilation virgins.

 

 

Where did they hear about this compilation?

We saw it on the main page of the site and jumped on it!

 

 

Why did you choose this compilation to get your music to potential fans?

We'll take any opportunity to get our music to a bigger audience, and hopefully this compilation will accomplish that.

 

 

Besides your song, what is the best feature of the Metal-Rules compilation and why?

Our song is the only good thing about this compilation...... ;)
No, just the fact that there are so many great bands, most of them fairly unknown.

 

 

Why did you choose this particular song for the compilation?

It's one of our better songs, and my personal fav, and it's definitely the strongest song we've recorded so far. And besides, you chose it, EvilG!

 

 

Where did you record the song & who wrote it and produced it?

Recorded at York Region Music Centre in Newmarket, ON. Our engineer was Dan Preston, who also mixed and produced it with input from us, of course. The song was written by Zero Based Perception with lyrics from me, Gord White. It was recorded on February 23, 24 & 27, 2002.

 

Would you say that your song on this compilation representative of all your material?

Yeah, we've definitely gone a lot more thrashy and progressive since we recorded our last demo and "Forever your Keeper" is pretty much the first major step in that direction. Our next recording will reflect this.

 

 

What is your song on this compilation about and what was the inspiration behind it?

The song is called "Forever your Keeper" and is basically just about the Reaper! Mainly, I just thought that the lyrics were fun to scream and fit the mood of the song well.

 

 

What about this song made you select it for this compilation?

It's the best song we have recorded, so we definitely wanted to show people us at our best.

 

 

What kind of expectations do you have towards this particular compilation? What do you hope to gain by being featured?

Our goal is just to gain more fans through this, whether they be in the industry, or just regular metalheads.

 

 

Are you hoping this might help you in some way gain the kind of exposure that may lead to a label picking you up?

Definitely!

 

 

As you know, most of the bands on this compilation are not extremely well known. Do you think a compilation CD with a group of mostly underground bands is a great way to help get your music noticed?

Mostly yes. I think that most metalheads and intelligent people in general will be open to hearing new bands, but the average music fan is too scared or close-minded to listen to anything other than Blink-182.

 

 

What do you think of compilation CD’s overall?

They're good for some reasons, bad for others. Comps are a good way to get a little snapshot of a band's sound, and usually let's you decide whether or not you want to buy their material. But sometimes the quality is just not consistent throughout the CD, and a lot of it goes un-listened. This one seems pretty stacked, though.

 

 

What kinds of things should a compilation feature in order to make it worth purchasing and what makes a compilation worthwhile?

Definitely having songs that aren't available anywhere else is a great feature, and it's got to feature great bands!

 

 

If you had a chance to put together this type of compilation, what would be some of the unsigned bands you’d like to feature?

Probably Rotting from Newmarket, great brutal death. And BETRAYER from Windsor! Those guys smoke.

 

 

Would you be interested in sacrificing another song for “Metal-Rules.com - Vol. II” if the opportunity presented itself?

Sure. Don't lose my e-mail, EvilG!!

 

 

Where can people order your other recorded material?

Just drop me an e-mail. We'll get one to ya!

 

 

What are your band’s upcoming battle plans?

Keep on givn'r! But, we're probably recording a demo sometime this winter. Basically we're just going to keep doing what we're doing, that is, working hard and laying down massive slabs of metallic mayhem!

 

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