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Zao

Thunderous, epic, and full of passion, Zao (Greek for“alive”) is driven by vocals that exorcise singer DanielWeyandt's demonsas ifhis lifedependedonthe songs.His words reshape a personal history wrought withtragedy, suicide and death intobeautiful musingsthatconnected withtheir brutalhonestyand naked self-observation. Mellinger, the band’s primarysongwriter,adds melodic vocalsas well. Zao's storied career was documented on the two- discThe Lesser Lights Of Heaven DVD and the luminaries oftoday's heavymusicscene arewellawareof their debt tothe band. Underoath and Une ...read more

Thunderous, epic, and full of passion, Zao (Greek for“alive”) is driven by vocals that exorcise singer DanielWeyandt's demonsas ifhis lifedependedonthe songs.His words reshape a personal history wrought withtragedy, suicide and death intobeautiful musingsthatconnected withtheir brutalhonestyand naked self-observation. Mellinger, the band’s primarysongwriter,adds melodic vocalsas well. Zao's storied career was documented on the two- discThe Lesser Lights Of Heaven DVD and the luminaries oftoday's heavymusicscene arewellawareof their debt tothe band. Underoath and Unearth opened for Zao. Thrice,As I Lay Dying andDemon Hunterlove Zao. Matt HeafyfromTriviumjoinedthe band onstage during a tourtogether. Zao’s hometown of Greensburg, Pennsylvania isn'tknown for many things besides being in close proximityto the mallwhereGeorge A.RomerofilmedDawn Of TheDead. And that isolation has allowed the band to steerclear of trends. Zao’s original incarnation formed in the mid-90s withevangelical zeal. When that version of the band fell apart,Zao as itwouldcome tochangethecourse of heavymusic was born. Recently hailed by Alternative Press as“one of the mostimportantalbums of 1998, Where BloodandFire BringResttook the conventions of hardcore andheavy metal and turned themupsidedown. When Scott Mellinger joined Zao for the following year’sLiberate te ex Inferis, it began a song-writing partnershipwithWeyandtthat persiststothisday. Self- Titled waswritten and recorded by Dan, Scott and Jesse Smith (theonly remainingholdover from thepre-B&F days) andfeaturedavastamount of experimentation withelectronics, dark soundscapes, andmelodic interludes.“Five YearWinter” continues to be one ofZao’smostpopularsongs in the live setting.The triocreatedParade Of Chaos together as well,pushing theenvelope 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 IDie).Thealbumbecame Zao’sbiggest selling record and saw them receive their firstairplay on MTV2 andFuseandmajor pressaccolades. After tours with bands like Bleeding Through andDillinger Escape Plan, the band – now Dan, Scott, MartyLunn (bass) andJeffGretz (drums) –recorded The FearIs What Keeps Us Here with Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies,Neurosis) manning the reel-to-reel. Next they hit the roadwithInFlames,Trivium, Demon Hunter & Throwdown. Dan, Scott, Marty and Jeff reconvened for Awake?, theirfirst album of new material in three years. The recordwasproducedandengineeredalmostentirely by Scott inPennsylvania, with Daniel Castleman and As I Lay Dyingvocalist TimLambesisproducingdrums in SouthernCalifornia andhandlingthe mixing. Longtime friend andGrammy nominated graphic designerRyanClarkreturnedto handle the packaging, with some artworkfromDan’sclose friend, Gabe Felice. http://www.ferretstyle.com/artist.php? aid=27 « hide

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LPs
The Well-Intentioned Virus
2016

4
203 Votes
Awake?
2009

3
163 Votes
The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here
2006

3.5
309 Votes
The Funeral of God
2004

3.9
396 Votes
Parade of Chaos
2002

3.6
203 Votes
(Self-Titled)
2001

3.8
213 Votes
Liberate Te Ex Inferis
1999

4.1
398 Votes
Where Blood and Fire Bring Rest
1998

4.2
397 Votes
The Splinter Shards the Birth of Separation
1997

3.3
128 Votes
All Else Failed
1996

3.4
47 Votes
EPs
Decoding Transmissions From The Möbius Strip
2019

3.6
18 Votes
Pyrrhic Victory
2017

3.7
62 Votes
Xenophobe/Fear Itself
2015

3.7
40 Votes
The Tie That Binds
1995

4.5
1 Votes
Treadwater
1995

4.5
1 Votes
Sustained
1995

3.5
3 Votes
Author
1994

4.2
3 Votes
Live Albums
The Lesser Lights of Heaven DVD
2005

4.5
7 Votes
Compilations
The 2nd Era
2011

3.8
2 Votes
Legendary
2004

3.8
65 Votes
All Else Failed (2003)
2003

3.1
115 Votes

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