ZONE X (Malaysia) 
Rehearsal Tracks 2000

Featuring SHBS of ZUBIRUN (Malaysian promising black/thrash metal). At first I was expecting somekind of industrial or new age metal (like KORN, etc) from because of the band's name. I was extremely wrong ! This is soft rock kinda music. If you compare with AS SAHAR "Baku Karama" album, ZONE-X is softer but cooler ! This tape is not for sale, just a sample given to me to give the rough (or exact) idea of what ZONE X sounds like. What I can say is "Rembulan Makin Suram" and "It Will Never Stay" deliver a sweet and pleasant feeling while listening. The melodies created by the music and the normal male vocals (is it SHBS voice ?) fits very well and his singing is quite good too. They wisely use keyboard, piano, accoustic guitar, drum machine (I guess) and the usual, but-not-to-heavy-sounds of electric guitar in creating a slow, moody and joyful music which sooth the ears of mine. The recording for the next professional release have been completed and thats a good news since 2 tracks here is not enough for me. I wanted more. ZONE-X is strictly for open-minded metal fans. It is not really metal but you should ignored the effort to create an original project from the brainchild of ZUBIRUN.
3.5/5

ZONE X (Malaysia)
Stargoth
Puri Siluman Pejajaran, 2000
After giving the promo tracks, they had a self-released cassette EP out under the label of one of their band members. Although the cover is just laser Xerox, the cassette is printed. Electro gothic metal which in Malaysia, they can be compared with MESMERISED. Interesting, melodic and soothing songs. I can't say this is metal because synth is the core element in "Stargoth" and only few guitars but good enough to catch my mood. They need to get a better sound.
c/o Syahrul Hazri, 113 Jln Tmn Long Jaafar Fasa 3, 34000 Taiping, Perak, Malaysia.
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3.5/5