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Zao

Thunderous, epic, and full of passion, Zao (Greek for “alive”) is driven by vocals that exorcise singer Daniel Weyandt's demonsas if his life depended on the songs. His words reshape a personal history wrought with tragedy, suicide and death intobeautiful musings that connected with their brutal honesty and naked self-observation. Mellinger, the band’s primarysongwriter, adds melodic vocals as well.

Zao's storied career was documented on the two-disc The Lesser Lights Of Heaven DVD and the luminaries of today's heavymusic scene are well aware of their debt to the band. ...read more

Thunderous, epic, and full of passion, Zao (Greek for “alive”) is driven by vocals that exorcise singer Daniel Weyandt's demonsas if his life depended on the songs. His words reshape a personal history wrought with tragedy, suicide and death intobeautiful musings that connected with their brutal honesty and naked self-observation. Mellinger, the band’s primarysongwriter, adds melodic vocals as well.

Zao's storied career was documented on the two-disc The Lesser Lights Of Heaven DVD and the luminaries of today's heavymusic scene are well aware of their debt to the band. Underoath and Unearth opened for Zao. Thrice, As I Lay Dying andDemon Hunter love Zao. Matt Heafy from Trivium joined the band onstage during a tour together.

Zao’s hometown of Greensburg, Pennsylvania isn't known for many things besides being in close proximity to the mall whereGeorge A. Romero filmed Dawn Of The Dead. And that isolation has allowed the band to steer clear of trends.

Zao’s original incarnation formed in the mid-90s with evangelical zeal. When that version of the band fell apart, Zao as it wouldcome to change the course of heavy music was born. Recently hailed by Alternative Press as “one of the most importantalbums of 1998, Where Blood and Fire Bring Rest took the conventions of hardcore and heavy metal and turned them upsidedown.

When Scott Mellinger joined Zao for the following year’s Liberate te ex Inferis, it began a song-writing partnership withWeyandt that persists to this day. Self-Titled was written and recorded by Dan, Scott and Jesse Smith (the only remainingholdover from the pre-B&F days) and featured a vast amount of experimentation with electronics, dark soundscapes, andmelodic interludes. “Five Year Winter” continues to be one of Zao’s most popular songs in the live setting.The trio createdParade Of Chaos together as well, pushing the envelope even further.

Zao’s first album for Ferret Music, The Funeral of God, was recorded as a five-piece with producer Eric Rachel (Atreyu, EveryTime I Die). The album became Zao’s biggest selling record and saw them receive their first airplay on MTV2 andFuseandmajor press accolades.

After tours with bands like Bleeding Through and Dillinger Escape Plan, the band – now Dan, Scott, Marty Lunn (bass) and JeffGretz (drums) – recorded The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here with Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies, Neurosis) manning the reel-to-reel. Next they hit the road with In Flames, Trivium, Demon Hunter & Throwdown.

Dan, Scott, Marty and Jeff reconvened for Awake?, their first album of new material in three years. The record was producedand engineered almost entirely by Scott in Pennsylvania, with Daniel Castleman and As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesisproducing drums in Southern California and handling the mixing. Longtime friend and Grammy nominated graphic designerRyan Clark returned to handle the packaging, with some artwork from Dan’s close friend, Gabe Felice.

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LPs
The Well-Intentioned Virus
2016

4
144 Votes
Awake?
2009

3
145 Votes
The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here
2006

3.5
286 Votes
The Funeral of God
2004

3.9
368 Votes
All Else Failed (2003)
2003

3
109 Votes
Parade of Chaos
2002

3.5
184 Votes
(Self-Titled)
2001

3.8
194 Votes
Liberate Te Ex Inferis
1999

4.1
353 Votes
Where Blood and Fire Bring Rest
1998

4.2
349 Votes
The Splinter Shards the Birth of Separation
1997

3.3
115 Votes
All Else Failed
1996

3.3
36 Votes
EPs
Xenophobe/Fear Itself
2015

3.7
39 Votes
Treadwater
1995

The Tie That Binds
1995

Sustained
1995

3
2 Votes
Author
1994

3.8
2 Votes
Live Albums
The Lesser Lights of Heaven DVD
2005

4.4
6 Votes
Compilations
The 2nd Era
2011

3
1 Votes
Legendary
2004

3.8
63 Votes

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