State Of The Art: West Virginia’s ZEROKING


*This is part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the featured state. This month’s state is West Virginia.*

ZEROKING is a four piece Hard Rock outfit hailing from the city of Charleston WV.  Formed in 2004 by guitarist Shane Day and drummer Chris Webb.  The band’s core lineup was  finalized in September of that year with the addition of vocalist Andy Haught. The next two years saw the group writing original material and performing anywhere and everywhere they could.  After writing only a few songs together it was clearly defined which direction the sound of the band would go in for years to come.  Mid-2006 saw the release of their debut EP ‘The Sweet Sale of Excess’.   After a few personnel changes on bass over the course of the two years, ZEROKING finally added bass player Paul First to the fold. This lineup would prove to be the classic lineup.  More shows and writing followed over the course of the next several years.  The band saw itself billed with some of the biggest names in the rock world, playing shows with major artists such as DROWNING POOL, BLACK STONE CHERRY and POPEVIL to name a few.  All the while the foursome feverishly strived to improve their sound and complete songs for their first full-length album.

Entering the studio during the summer of 2009 the tracks for the LP were recorded over the next year and a half. November 2011 saw the release of the bands first full-length album: ‘Kings of Self-Destruction’. The initial physical release was followed by digital Worldwide roll out on Valentines Day 2012.  Gaining critical acclaim as well as fan excitement, the nearly 5 year wait was proven worthwhile. The band spent the next several years performing in support of the disc, all the while keeping an eye towards the future writing songs for the next album.   Unfortunately the making of the next album also proved to be a challenge.  Taking nearly four years to write and record,  The collection titled ‘Empire of Sin’ is still unreleased.  The good news ZEROKING fans is that the effort is finally set to drop this Fall.  Along with another album, tentatively Self Titled,  soon to follow in 2019.  ZEROKING is currently busy performing all over the Eastern United States.  Show dates are below.  No excuses, be sure to catch their high octane set when they come to your town.  The King is Back!!



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10/19/18 The Blue Parrot – Charleston, WV

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About Axe

I'm the guitarist for a Kentucky based southern metal band called Downtrend. We've spent the last decade plus opening for some of the biggest names in rock and metal all over the eastern U.S.. Music is my passion!!

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