Reign of Zaius
The year is 3978 A.D. The planet Earth—ruled by a society of highly evolved apes—finds itself once again on the brink of devastation.
In a last-ditch effort to save their planet, a team of renegade ape scientists travels back in time to the year 2015. There, they assemble an elite group of human performers, known collectively as Reign of Zaius.
The band’s mission: To warn present-day humans of their impending doom, and promote a message of peace and harmony among all species.
However, the plan soon goes awry: Corrupted by brain-altering chemicals, the members of Reign of Zaius stray from their original vision of hope and positivity, and instead descend into the depths of Earth’s most dangerous musical genre: Stoner Rock.
Within months, the band’s “act” devolves into a dizzying jumble of retro video game references, comic-book worship, and cryptic allusions to horror and sci-fi films—all performed at unhealthy volumes to a depraved heavy metal beat.
Now, the humans of Reign of Zaius have been left to wander the last remaining music clubs of pre-apocalypse New York City, indulging in their obsessive pursuit of all things twisted and heavy, and leaving a trail of fried brains and troubled souls in their wake.