Based in LeRoy, New York, a town in Western New York State, D-ZL (pronounced "DEEZEL") worked hard to make a name for themselves in the Rochester and Buffalo areas. They came together in the spring of 1997 with Dan Clor (vocals/guitar), James Jackson "James D." (drums/back. vocals), Ron Kalser (bass) at the helm. Their goal was to create music which not everyone would accept but no one could ignore. They described themselves as a "Heavy Groove Band". Their premier 1999 release, Feel This, mixed Hardcore Metal with deep bass tone and funk. The listener got a hint of dance and hip-hop with each earful.It was a slickly produced piece of work that was of a style all the rage in the late 1990s. They were picked up by 'Emperor Multimedia's Diskery' distribution system for international exposure. Although this recording has yet to fulfill its expectations, there is no doubt these guys were dedicated and were rewarded two years later with a record contract by Warner'.