Heavy Metal

Lissa (voc), Tobben (git), Törnblom (bs), Göras (git), Leo (dr)

format: 7" Side A:
  1. Win Or Die

Side B:

  1. Evil Dream

year: 1982
country: Sweden
label: Pang Records
#: PSI 021
insert: no
edition: ?
rarity: 7/10


I've documented the multitude of old FWOSHM-7"s in this article, but certain masterpieces do however need some special attention and ZONE ZERO's weighty '82 effort is definitely one of the most important releases of early Swedish Metal. Out of all the spotty releases on the cult budget-label Pang, this is probably the best and most essential. Undisputed top-5 material, at least as far as Swedish 7"s go.

The woeful intro lead, the heavy machinegun-burst riffing, the proud, majestic vocal and lyrical themes all make "Win Or Die" a Metal Anthem worthy of inscription in the "Proud Vikings & Warriors"-Metal Hall Of Fame. Think ARC's legendary "War of the Ring" played in a more down-to-earth HEAVY LOAD-manner and you're halfway there. It's kinda hard to believe this was actually recorded before most of MANOWAR's discography, but then again we all rode dragonships to kindergarten and have had our Viking helmets on since potty-training, so the epic power chord runs in our blood so much more naturally over here than in burger-munchin' fatso hillbilly U.S. of A. ;P
"Evil Dream" shares the same epic sound, but is less instant than the A-side.
Although not a ballad, it's kinda similar in feel and construction to JUDAS PRIEST old evergreen "Beyond The Realms Of Death". A great song in it's own right that displays the dynamics of the band and makes you wish they'd made a full-length LP even more. One can find a certain comfort in the fact that some demo and rehearsal recordings have recently been unearthed and if you have some good tape/CDR trading contacts you definitely need to keep an eye out for them, since they too include some brilliant material. Due to some minor domestically achieved cult-status in later years, the band recently reformed and recorded a few new demo cuts, in a sligthly more modern fashion, but we hope and pray the band will soon find it's way back to the path of true Metal glory.

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