From Zero

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From Zero
OriginChicago, Illinois, United States
GenresNu metal, alternative metal
Years active1998–2005
Associated actsDiem, The Southsiders
Peter Capizzi
Joe Pettinato
Avi Kopernik
Past membersRob Ruccia

From Zero was a nu metal band from Chicago, Illinois.[1]


Formed in 1998, From Zero's music is distinguished from many earlier nu metal groups with its greater focus on vocal harmonies, and correspondingly fewer elements of hip-hop than groups such as Limp Bizkit.

In 1999, the band independently released their self-titled EP (referred to as "The Green Album"). At this time, they were also opening for bands such as Amen, Disturbed, Nickelback and Nothingface.

They later signed with Arista Records, where they released two major label albums in One Nation Under (which features many re-recorded songs from their self-titled album) (2001) and My So-Called Life (2003). They had two music videos which are for their songs "Check Ya" and "Smack", both of which can be viewed over on YouTube. Before the recording of My So-Called Life, bassist Rob Ruccia left the band to do production work on other bands, leaving vocalist Jett to record the bass for the album. They later recruited Avi Kopernik to play bass for the group's live shows.

After being dropped by Arista less than a month after the release of My So-Called Life, they went to work preparing for their third album. As time went on, writing music became a chore and Jett with nothing to fall back on, needed to concentrate on a day job to support his family. Joe Pettinato, who already had a construction business, then left the band, and the rest of the group called it quits. Two songs from the intended album, "Middle of the Road" and "My Own Destiny", can still be streamed on their official PureVolume page.

Although they did not gain widespread popularity within the music community as a whole, they are well recognized both in the Chicago area and among nu metal fans.

The band was promoted by the Real World: Back to New York residents while the cast were working for Arista.


Final Members[edit]

  • Jett (Pauly Weiner) – vocals, keyboards, bass (1999–2005)
  • Peter Capizzi – guitar, backing Vocals (1998–2005)
  • Joe "BOD" Pettinato – lead guitar (1998–2005)
  • Avi Kopernik – bass (2002–2005)
  • Kid (Johnny Dinu) – drums (1998–2005)

Former Members[edit]

  • Rob Ruccia (Likey) – bass (1998–2002)
  • Sonny DeLuca – vocals (1998–1999)



Date of release Title Label
1999 From Zero EP self-released
May 15, 2001 One Nation Under Arista Records
May 6, 2003 My So-Called Life Arista Records



  1. ^ "From Zero Overview". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 August 2019.

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