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Zonaria is a blackened death metal band from Umeåmarker, Swedenmarker, formerly known as Seal Precious. The band is currently signed to Century Media Records.


Formed in 2001 by Simon Berglund, Christoffer Vikström, and Mikael Hammarberg, the band originally went under the name Seal Precious. Initially the band's style was power metal, with clean vocals. Several line-up changes prevented the band from recording, but after 2003, with the addition of second guitarist, Emil Nyström, and the band's name changed to Zonaria, they spent two years playing gigs in and around Umeå before recording and releasing, in 2005, what would be Evolution Overdose.

New material and touring

In the spring of 2006, Zonaria recorded the CD single "Rendered In Vain" (and later shot a video for it). After that, Zonaria toured outside of Sweden, opening for Finnishmarker black metal band Impaled Nazarene on a European tour. In October, Zonaria announced they had signed a record deal with Swedmetal Records to release "Rendered in Vain"; later, the song was included in the video game The Darkness.

Record label and debut album

In November 2006, Pivotal Rockordings signed Zonaria, and soon after, the band entered Black Lounge Studios with Per Nilsson and Jonas Kjellgren of Scar Symmetry to begin recording their debut album; Infamy and the Breed was released September 2007. In late July, bassist Jerry Ekman announced his departure and was replaced by Markus Åkebo. The band shot a video for the lead single, "The Armageddon Anthem," then toured much of Europe in the beginning of 2008 opening up for Marduk.

Century Media and beyond

On June 8, 2008, Zonaria announce that they had signed a deal with Century Media Records. They are currently slated to team up with Vader and Septic Flesh throughout November and December as part of Vader's 25th anniversary tour. Their new album, The Cancer Empire, released on 17 October 2008, was produced by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman.


Demos and singles

Title Release date Label
Illusionary Games 2002 Independent
Evolution Overdose May 20, 2005 Independent
Rendered In Vain June 01, 2006 Swedmetal Records


Title Release date Label
Infamy and the Breed September 04, 2007 Pivotal Rockordings
The Cancer Empire October 17, 2008 Century Media Records


Current members

Former members

  • Christoffer Vikström – bass (2001 – 2003)
  • Mikael Hammarberg – vocals (2001 – 2004)
  • Claes-Göran Nydahl – drums (2001 – 2003)
  • Niklas Lindroth – drums (2003 – 2004)
  • Johan Aronsson – keyboards (2003 – 2004)
  • Simon Carlén – drums (2004 – 2005)
  • Karl Flodin – bass (2003 – 2005)
  • Jerry Ekman – bass (2005 – 2007)

Session members

Gustav Svensson – keyboards (2004 – 2005)


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