Released: 2000, Negatron Records
Remember those three Negatron Records bands that I reviewed last month? Remember how I liked ‘em all? Well Zona is their frickin’ ugly cousin. Considering the talent that is evident in all of those other bands (Glacial Fear, Dammercide, and Iblis), it stuns me to think that Negatron actually picked up Zona. Put in basic terms, Zona plays totally standard death metal on top of which sings the most absolutely goddamn annoying vocalists of all time! I don’t know who this guy is, but jeezus, he’s awful. His “style” is to sing as many words in a second as possible. Yup, it sounds as jumbled as you’d think. Ick. Please, please, rethink your approach to singing.
As for the rest of the band, there’s really nothing remarkable about them at all. Old, recycled death metal riffs that all the big boys didn’t want played with little conviction and even less accuracy. You can audibly hear some mistakes on this CD. To be fair, it is a live CD (people actually pay to see these guys?), and I do give the band credit for not overdubbing. Beyond that though, there’s not really any reason to pay attention to Zona, unless of course you like to irritate yourself. Sorry guys, this just doesn’t work.