Dimension Zero came into being in 1996 when the guitar team from Swedish metal juggernaut In Flames (Jesper Strömblad and Glenn Ljungström) decided to put together a side project that would allow the pair to pursue some of their more aggressive musical interests. Considering the heft of In Flames' blistering metal assault, this new project was due to receive lots of attention from Viking metal fans everywhere. The debut recording from Dimension Zero didn't disappoint these listeners. The debut mini-CD Penetrations From the Lost World was recorded that same year after drummer Hans Nilsson (Luciferior, Diabolique, Crystal Age) and vocalist Jocke Göthberg (Marduk) signed on to complete the group's lineup (with Strömblad pulling double duty on bass as well as guitar). Penetrations From the Lost World impressed many with its fast-paced and focused riffing. The group also received high marks for their contributions to a pair of tribute records (for Sepultura and Mercyful Fate).