From Zero

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From Zero
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Nu metal
Alternative Metal
Hard Rock
Years active 1998–2005
Labels Arista Records
Associated acts Diem
The Southsiders
Members Jett
Peter Capizzi
Joe Pettinato
Avi Kopernik
Past members Rob Ruccia

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


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: New York residents while the cast was working for Arista.

In late 2007, it was revealed that Jett (vocals), Pete Capizzi (guitars), and Joe "Bod" Pettinato (guitars) have reunited to form a new band called Diem. The band also includes Keith Dailey on bass and backup vocals, and Pete Capizzi, instead of playing guitar, is playing drums for the band. They have some songs in the writing and recording stages, and plan to have something posted on their MySpace page,, in early 2008.

In late 2009, Jett started working with longtime friend and musician Aaron Bright on a project called Fate Accomplis. In 1985 the two were actually in their first band ever together called Demented Ted. Although short lived, Jett and Aaron reunited 1993 for a project, along with Pete Capizzi (of From Zero) called Faceman. Several demos were released until 1995 when the band decided to call it quits. Fate Accomplis is currently writing and getting demos prepared for release prior to a full-fledged CD effort to be released sometime in mid-2010.

    • Diem update** 5/23/08

Jett has left Diem and was replaced by Crash Anthem (formerly Skywind) singer Wally J. New songs featuring the singer will be posted on the band's MySpace page very soon.

Pete Capizzi now plays in a Chicago-based progressive rock band, Chaometry. (2012).

Keith Dailey is now playing guitar for a band called Seven, from Bloomington, Illinois. (2009)


  • 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)


  • 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


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