Passing Through the Zer0s marks the debut album from the Alternative Rock group, Temple of Thieves. It was picked up by indie label Goomba Music. According to the press release, Flo Mournier of Cryptopsy was involved on drums, and captures “over two years of heart, soul and dedication.” While a promising note all around, it doesn’t change the fact that this is basically the light beer version of Tool.
“In the Garden (Collecting Souls)” introduces a laid back, yet slightly emotional atmosphere with soothing, somewhat nasal clean singing that picks up towards the end to a richer experience. This sums up plenty of songs thorughout, but a few offer a little more. “Parasite” has some more technical leads in the chorus, a stark contrast to the simpler, emotional bridges and main verses. “The Discovery of Something Greater than Kelsie Grammar,” an odd title, is the most engaging due to the trippy start it has, creating a trance-like environment. However, “Reaping” is damn near unlistenable due to the amount of pointless auto-tuning and vocal layering used. The chorus is the only safe haven, though you’ll probably skip this before you hit the second one. While this song is migraine enducing, and the others aren’t that unique or new, it’s still a good album most Alternative Rock fans will enjoy.