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Review: Zone Zero - The Lost Legacy
Zone Zero
The Lost Legacy

Label: Shadow Kingdom Records
Year released: 2014
Duration: 1:43:07
Tracks: 21
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 2.5/5

Review online: October 26, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
The Lost Legacy

Rated 4/5 (80%) (1 Vote)

Sweden's Zone Zero is a Traditional Heavy Metal band that was active in the early 80s, around the time of the NWOBHM, released a couple of demos and vinyl singles and broke up sometime in 1983. They reformed, as have so many bands that sprang up in the Golden Era of Heavy Metal, in the early 2000's when the climate for their type of music once again became favorable. Shadow Kingdom Records has been picking up where High Roller Records seems to have left off, in the past year or so, by releasing compilations of these obscure bands. The Lost Legacy brings together what must be almost everything Zone Zero ever recorded, including official releases, live tracks, rehearsals and relatively new material from 2004 and 2008. After listening to almost and hour and 45 minutes of Zone Zero music (The Lost Legacy is a 2-CD release) the question in my mind is why? There's nothing you haven't heard a million times before, mostly the twin-guitar attack of the first two Iron Maiden albums, as well as Heavy Load and maybe the first Def Leppard album. The vocalist has a limited, one-note repertoire, a note that is often a bit sour, and his singing sounds almost exactly the same on every song. The songwriting is average with performances to match. What Zone Zero do have going for them is that they are authentic, with that low-fi, DIY sound characteristic of the NWOBHM. Beyond that, though, I don't hear much that would give anyone other than the true 80s die hard much reason to seek out The Lost Legacy.

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