Authority Zero - A Passage In Time (Cover Artwork)

Authority Zero

Authority Zero: A Passage In TimeA Passage In Time (2002)

Reviewer Rating: 2.5
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Imagine that you made a mix tape of the following bands; Bad Religion, Blink 182, Pennywise, and Sublime and that's a pretty good idea what listening to Authority Zero's new album was like. This band out of Arizona plays a really good mix of skate/pop/ska punk usually never allowing two songs in a .
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Imagine that you made a mix tape of the following bands; Bad Religion, Blink 182, Pennywise, and Sublime and that's a pretty good idea what listening to Authority Zero's new album was like. This band out of Arizona plays a really good mix of skate/pop/ska punk usually never allowing two songs in a row to sound the same and occasionally changing styles in the middle of a song. The lyrics though out mostly follow the skate punk staple of doing your own thing and overcoming struggles ("Passage In Time [listen to the verse in this one and tell me that it doesn't sound like it was taken directly from "Society"]," "Over Seasons" and "Everyday"), but others have the need to fall back on silly-dumb lyrics ("Super Bitch" and "Good Old Days") which just seemed to distract from the decent music earlier. This band also mixes up styles and languages on "LA Surf" which is a Dick Dale sounding song sung entirely in Portuguese.

Overall I thought that this album is a pretty good, especially if you are new to punk, and are looking for a band to get into just as they are getting big. I really enjoyed the ska-influence songs, which had a strong Sublime influence to them, but still contained enough originality that it didn't just sound like a rip-off. I also liked that while listening to this album it was almost like I was listening to a comp made up of several bands instead of one band's album. Good use of variety and mixing of styles, and fairly easy to get into, I'd recommend this disc for fans of skate or ska-punk especially fans of Sublime and Pennywise.


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Anonymous (July 26, 2005)

i dont know where you guys get how this band sounds like bad religion. this album is not half as bad as everyone is making it out to be; the sound may not be completely original, nor is it anything that can be considered a ripoff. i guess this is just one of those bands you either completely hate, or you love em. whatever, i love em

Anonymous (October 28, 2004)

This album kicks so much ass. I've been watching them since they used to do jugheads on friday nights until they started getting big. By the way jugheads on 51st st and mcdowell is a nice little punk getaway with the coolest owner anyways what the fuck was the reviewer smoking that made this cd sound remotely close to stink 182 this shit has heart and balls not boobs and a hole so if you didn't like that is fine but don't resort to the ultimate low blow and say they remind you of blinstreet ok pal have some respect

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

This is my fav. album after smash. I mean WOW perfection at its best.
It's funny i read all of the reviews and there's gotta be always a dumbass that has nothing better 2 do, and just goes saying shit, pissing ppl off. pathetic idiots. write down what kind of bands u guys listen 2, so i can laugh my nuts off

Anonymous (June 6, 2004)

This ''comment'' is a little late,but oh well better late then never.I personily dont care what all you may think of az.I have been listening to this band for....lets just say back when they were playing at the fish pub for 15 kids,now some may love it and some may hate it,but for those who are debating on buying the album or not,go ahead and give it a try if you dont like it, burn it.For those of you who are into more hardcore punk i recomend checking out,THE CORRUPT,B.Y.O.W,or PARKWAY WRETCH.oh and look out for the new az cd hiting the stors on the 29th.Later


P.S.Authority zero does put on a BAD ASS show.I look foward to seeing all you az peeps at the authority zia show!

Anonymous (February 18, 2004)

hey dont be crapping on arizona. I live here and its pretty cool. I dont like AZ however, they sound mildy generic.

Anonymous (January 12, 2004)

People from AZ, stop posting here. Your support of this band is annoying. Authority Zero are pretty good, a good mix of Bad Religion, S/T-era Sublime, maybe 311. This album just gives the sense of being a bit over-produced, but still a good listen.

Anonymous (December 22, 2003)

authority zero rocks but what the fuck were they thinking when they said in that review that they sounded like blink 182 ! they dont bitch like little sissys and dont even sound remotely close to the pop that blink produces! all in all this albumm was one of many of my summer anthems so i give it a perfect 10

Anonymous (August 19, 2003)

Ypu fuckers who say shit about AZ are probably some little briteney spear christina agulara lovers and can go suck a fat one because AZ kicks ass and go get their cd cuz they are a kick ass band and kick ass people and those dumbass reiews saying their pop obviously havent seen their shows cuz i haven't seen any pop bands with mosh pits...


Anonymous (May 14, 2003)

I think they got their style and the guys who said it sound like Blink/Pennywise/bad religion have never listen to AZ.

Anonymous (March 8, 2003)

authority zero is kickass like nofx and 311.

Anonymous (March 8, 2003)

authority zero is one of the best punk and ska bands ive ever heard. they are the best.

Anonymous (February 26, 2003)

I just wrote below i just wanted to say fuck u guys who came in here and just talked shit about them u all r probably strugglin bands who dont have tallent who r fust jealous. What the fuck would u know and theres no opinion on hard work and dedication for doiong what u love

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

Authority zero is a band who not affraid to go out and say what the fuck they want to say no matter who around. I guess one of the reason i like them so is because i know jason devore personally from just chillin with him at shows he was always so nice and jusat very laid back he helped me and my friends sneak back at warped tour 2002 it was fun as hell authority is the best and they set a very good example for young musicians. Matt-

Anonymous (February 23, 2003)

Authority Zero kicks butt!! so what if they sound like a few bands every great band out there sounds like the band they look up to !!

soulbleed (February 20, 2003)

this band's talent cannot be captured in a record, they're kinda like mc5 in that sense - they are the most amazing live band you will ever see.

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

I just saw them in concert sunday opening for sum and they defenatly rocked the concert I ran out and bought the cd then next day I hope to go see a concet with only them someday They ROCK!!!!!

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

I just saw them open for sum 41 and I think I was into them more than sum I ran out the next day and bought the cd them are freaking awsome they are defenatly on my top 5 fav bands now

Anonymous (January 8, 2003)

did you steal the first paragraph from interpunk.com?

Anonymous (December 23, 2002)

I am so distressed. What the hell is this with all these "reviewers" calling Authority Zero pop?? Can you unplug your ears you little shits? I first saw these guys when they first visited Milwaukee with H20 and I loved their skate-punk style. Got the disc, was even more impressed. Then they came around again with Punk o rama and kicked even more ass. I take offense to all these pop and "indecent" comments cause they are calling my music that corporate shit and I would never touch that. AZ is authentic. And as for that "silly songs take away from the previous decent music" line, right, and we can't have a little fuckin' fun here and there? ARGH!YOU PEOPLE!

Anonymous (December 20, 2002)

authority zero no matter how you put it is a good band. They arent a whole lotta bands jammed up into one unorginal piece. If anyone actually listens to the album alota of the more subtle instrumental stuff they do is awesome. there sound yes at times its very similar to other bands but not all of their music is like that.

Anonymous (December 20, 2002)

i love this album. authority zero reminds me of sublime so much. they be jawsome!

Anonymous (December 16, 2002)

'passage in time' is one of the best ska records i've heard in a long time. authority zero kicks ass!

drummadict (December 3, 2002)

their drummer is awesome! he's so crazy! i don't find any fault wit authority zero, they're awesome! later

Anonymous (December 2, 2002)

Ok retards what do you mean not original? Every artist draws inspiration from other aritsts. They don't sound like those bands they sound better. The only things i've ever heard that sounds like nothing else is bjork and yoko ono, you want more crap like that in the world. It's all about feeling good with good music and authority zero does that with style. They kick ass.

Drummadict (November 21, 2002)

I love Authority Zero. I first heard them on the Savern compilation cd from the X-games and i fell in love wit them. I got their cd like a week later and i still listen to it. Later man

Anonymous (November 12, 2002)

authority Zero is awsome

-Brett punk Lord-

Anonymous (November 12, 2002)

This is Brett again and I want to also say that authority zero is a band that can be loved and not be compared to bands that all sound the same.

Anonymous (November 12, 2002)

my name is Brett and I think all you az haters should lick a big pair.

Anonymous (November 11, 2002)

living in the midwest, listening to AZ is an awesome expirience that never fails to impress

Anonymous (October 28, 2002)

hell yea! these guys kick so much ass. AZ is the greatest place to pick up new and original punk bands. there are so many hear and im so syked to hear authority zero (my fav local band) to go the big time! now there all over the place. america is gonna LOVE these guys until death!

Anonymous (October 20, 2002)

yay for authority zero! but its sad to hear u say blink182 and authority zero in the same sentence. please don't do it again. thanks!

Anonymous (October 17, 2002)

These guys are really rad, and it's great that they have so much support behind them. And to all the people who say they're not "origional" don't take it out on this great band because you don't know what great music sounds like. AZ is awesome in concert, they're awesome guys, and the cd is great.

~kell bell

Anonymous (October 1, 2002)

Yeah I just bought the CD on Sunday, and let me just say that it was the best thing since the Warped Tour. (and yes it was DC under the dust cloud[he he he]). Hurray, Huzzah and Peace!

Anonymous (September 29, 2002)

this music isn't shitty...and if it is, its shitty, just like ur shitty face mother fucker...ha...guess im just that open minded

Anonymous (September 27, 2002)

These guys are so rad. Tha album is great, everyone should go out right now and pick it up. They're so great live- just a great band all together!

Anonymous (September 26, 2002)

Authority Zero is the best band of all time. I take offense to the blink 182/pop comment. grrr.

Everyone check them out!!

Anonymous (September 24, 2002)

why did you see them twice if you didnt like it? a. zero is a great band that works hard, you shouldnt judge any band until you see them live, it will change your whole perspective.

Anonymous (September 24, 2002)

Authority Zero is amazing! This CD doesn't even compare to their live performance. Don't judge Authority Zero until you see them live. These guys kick ass and all of there AZ fans are so proud of them!

Anonymous (September 21, 2002)

Hey Militant, maybe you should go write your own shit then and quit knockin' everyone elses. Genius. Love to hear it. Authority Zero's fuckin' sick.

Anonymous (September 21, 2002)

AZ are awsome..i love their music

Anonymous (September 20, 2002)

One of the best albums that I have ever bought in my life. Music is all upbeat and very relaxing at the same time.

Authority Zero puts on one of the best shows too!

Anonymous (September 19, 2002)

I don't care what all those losers say. I fuckin love this CD!! Love it so much bought one for my friend Dave too!

Masakari (September 16, 2002)

im sry but lava records...KID ROCK...first off a guy that thinks hes "punk" and mixes it with the hip hop
is a freakin retard

waste_elite (September 14, 2002)

"Nothing original here....i can't believe this band is on a major record label!"

oh, it's not too hard to believe...

Anonymous (September 13, 2002)

Nothing original here....i can't believe this band is on a major record label!

Anonymous (September 11, 2002)

Im sorry if yet ANOTHER punk band that sounds like every other band doesn't impress me. Because the world needs more bands that sound like Bad Religion/Pennywise/Blink. I guess I'm closs minded

-Militant Agnostic-

Anonymous (September 11, 2002)

That's a really shitty review. Authority Zero is a really shitty band. Carry on.

P.S. It has nothing to do with keeping an open mind. My mind is as open as it can possibly be. Shitty music is just shitty music.

Anonymous (September 10, 2002)

Yeah, you're right, definately wouldn't want to keep an open mind.

ltjskank324 (September 10, 2002)

ive seen authority zero twice in az and i must say i wasnt very impressed...

Anonymous (September 10, 2002)

Sounds like something we all should stay away from.

-Militant Agnostic-

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