Swedish death/black hopefuls ZONARIA have inked a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. The group has just entered the studio to record its second full-length album, tentatively due later in the year.
Commented the band: "It is amazing how all this hard work paid off, and we can guarantee you great things this year and beyond. It has been a dream for all of us since we first started listening to metal. We listened to bands like ARCH ENEMY, DARK TRANQUILLITY, ICED EARTH and DREAM EVIL when we were just around 13-14 years old. If someone would have told us that we are going to be signed to the same label back then I'm pretty sure none of us would have believed it. Another equally great thing is that we are about to enter Studio Fredman (!), the studio where almost any great band worth mentioning has recorded their albums, to record our follow-up to 'Infamy And The Breed'. If any recording studio has been an unreachable dream for us so far — it has been this one! So everyone, expect great things!"
Formed in 2002 by guitarist, main songwriter, and vocalist Simon Berglund along with axeman Emil Nyström (both were only 15 years old at that time), ZONARIA has outgrown its local underground status with the debut album "Infamy And The Breed" (Pivotal Recordings, 2007) and gained Europe-wide attention through tours with IMPALED NAZARENE, MARDUK, PAIN and VADER. With influences ranging from HYPOCRISY to DIMMU BORGIR to ARCH ENEMY, ZONARIA's misanthropic mix of brutal riffs, melodic harmonies, maniacal drumming, and ominous synth lines was well received within the metal community and the band succeeded in shaping its own, unique sound. With its second album currently in the works and having been confirmed as the support act for VADER on their 25th anniversary tour through Northern Europe in October/November 2008, ZONARIA is well prepared to become the new Swedish extreme metal sensation!
ZONARIA's "The Armageddon Anthem" video: