ZOLAR X (1973–81, 2004–PRESENT). Zory Zenith (vocals, replaced by Ygar Ygfarrist (guitar/vocals), Eon Flash (drums, synths), Qazar Quanotr (synths).
Zolar X were a proto metal band from Los Angeles who claimed to be from Venus. When the tales of the Sunset Strip and glam metal are told, one band usually is sadly, and tragically, forgotten. One of the key bands to help create the glam look and aesthetic in the early seventies was this band of (perhaps) dead-serious alien imitators, who spoke their own language and played the Sunset Strip to adoring fans, all the while dressed as extras from a Star Trek episode. The band played a combination of what is closest to glam rock, but with distinct art rock touches and some unworldly sounds that suggest either heavy drug use or that the band was involved in the electronic music scene during the sixties. The band’s main peak
was circa 1974–75, and by 1981 they had broken up. L.A. scene insiders praised the band and both punk and metal enthusiasts began to research the band, leading to Jello Biafra, formerly of the Dead Kennedys, to finally release a compilation of the known Zolar X music on his Alternative Tentacles records in 2004.
The band retuned to earth after a lengthy hiatus in space (and for lead singer Zory Zenith, in jail, where he remains today for a particularly brutal assault on an ex-girlfriend)(Myers) to enlighten the modern metal scene on the true Venusian virtues of the Sunset Strip.
Discography: Timeless (Alternative, Tentacles 2004); X Marks the Spot (Alternative, Tentacles, 2007); Slab Lab (2009).