Zone Zero where a band from Sweden that played a very traditional form of metal that was heavily influenced by the NWOBHM and this is a review of their 2014 compilation album "The Lost Legacy" which will be released by Shadow Kingdom Records and contains all of their music from the 80's along with some of their reunion stuff in the 2000's.
The live tracks from the 80's start off the album and they have the mid 70's to early 80's metal sound along with some melodic vocals and hard rock elements and after awhile the music speeds up a bit and adds in guitar leads and solos along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them.
The band has a good reception and communication with the crowd and the only thing that keeps their music from being part of the NWOBHM of the time is the fact they where from Sweden and they bring in a decent amount of melody into their music and when t hey bring in clean playing they have the 70's classic rock/metal power ballad sound down perfectly and when they return to a heavier direction you can start hearing the roots of power and speed metal.
The studio and demo tracks have a more raw sound to them while you can get a better view of their heavy metal sound which was very underrated for their time and at time s they also had a very evil atmosphere to their music considering the era it was recorded and the band also sticks to a true heavy metal style on the second disc as well while alos bringing in a more powerful sounding production.
When acoustic guitars are added onto the tracks briefly they enhance the melodic and clean aspects off the music as well as giving the music a more epic power ballad feeling and they also bring in rehearsal tracks from the early 80's that show the band at its most powerful sounding peak and the songs that where recorded in the past 10 years keep their old school metal sound while also utilizing a more modern day feeling to them.
Zone Zero show they where a very underrated band for their time and if they where picked up by a label in the 80's Sweden would of been an even bigger country for 80 in the early 80's, the production sounds very professional on both the 80's and current tracks while the lyrics cover occultism, mythology, heavy metal, and everyday themes.
In my opinion Zone Zero where a very great sounding heavy metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this compilation. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Demon From Kingdom Of Death" "Magic Woman" "Evil Dream" and "Twilight Of the Gods". 8/5 out of 10.