Zone of Alienation started in 2010 when Jesus and Stratos met again after years of living in different parts of the world. They felt connected by extreme levels of ionizing radiation, and played some rather heavy shit in a degenerate building with the most alienating toilet ever. They recorded Meltdown shortly after forming, using the lo-fi analog equipment of the Full-Wave Rectifier Laboratories mobile studio, which was released on tape and CD by Full Wave Rectifier Laboratories in 2011. On the day of the album release, the band embarked on a month-long tour of the former Yugoslavia and surrounding countries, playing in Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic. In a sort-of dejavu moment, Stratos decided to leave the band a week before the tour, and Christina jumped on the bandwagon.

The Meltdown tour was anything but smooth, with injuries and van breakdowns happening non-stop. After the tour, the band went on hiatus for a while. They attempted to play a few more gigs, but were attacked and had their instruments damaged. They decided to call it quits and announced that their audience should go make their own music now, in true DIY fashion.