Zao
Awake?


3.0
good

Review

by Zippermouth USER (21 Reviews)
May 4th, 2009 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: And there is a prison in my mind... Death is inside of us... Reality changes around us... As time unfolds us...

In past reviews and comments etc. I have made it blatantly clear that I absolutely hate the genre that is Metalcore with every fiber of being. Yet here I am, reviewing metalcore, and despite my ridiculous claims that metalcore is in fact a dead genre, "Awake"" is a rather enjoyable album.

Like most metalcore, Awake is formulaic to the t. Complete with horrible track names, a messy guitar arrangement and of course, cliché screams and growls with a few intermittent clean sections. Awake" is not the sort of album I would expect to enjoy, but surprisingly enough, it kept me entertained.

Unlike many artists that attempt to branch off into more creative and progressive genres, Zao stays true to Metalcore by introducing absolutely no innovation whatsoever. The guitars throughout are heavily distorted and appropriately choppy for the stop/start nature of the genre as it flashes between hardcore and popish choruses. Unfortunately the signature metalcore guitar can be quite grating at times such as in "The Eyes Behind the Throne" and they rely a bit too heavily on that obnoxious groaning sound. The one metalcore pitfall that Zao does avoid is the incredibly ugly breakdowns exployed by so many bands that completely ruin the flow of a song.

For some inexplicable reason, even the extremely mediocre sound of Awake" sounds interesting at times. For example, the undeniably awesome bass line/clean vocal section in "1,000,000 outstretched arms" and the excellent head banger style riff of "Human Cattle Masses." A lot of the heavy riffage tends to follow a slowed-down-thrash pattern that is incredibly addictive. The drums are nothing special, but they plod along with the foot-tapping tempo well enough. There are even a few moments of Underoath-esque metalcore such as "Romance of the Southern Spirit."

Perhaps the greatest part of Awake" is how well everything flows. You can tap you foot or nod your head to just about every chorus on the album, and there isn't a single track that stands out as "the horrible song that I'm never listening to again." I suppose there aren't really any standout tracks, but the album as a whole is just a satisfyingly consistent listen, the good kind of 3, not the "barely above average kind." If you're a fan of Underoath or Before Their Eyes (if BtE has fans...) then this is definitely a record worth listening to.

Still Awake"

Enjoyable stuff-
1,000,000 outstretched arms- excellent atmosphere
Human Cattle Masses Marching- awesome riff
Romance of the Southern Spirit- great clean chorus
Awake"- sick guitar melody
Quiet Passenger pt. 1- BASS!



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Zippermouth
May 4th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not bad at all...

any feedback appreciated. Check out some of the art they have on their myspace, its almost calling me to buy the album.This Message Edited On 05.04.09

xequalscore
May 4th 2009


437 Comments


It's funny that you hate metalcore but it makes up 10% of your pie... Anyway ZAO is awesome so I should probably check this out.

Zippermouth
May 4th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's funny that you hate metalcore but it makes up 10% of your pie...


I tend to contradict myself a bit



Your incorrect and incredibly narrow view on Metalcore


You're an underoath whore, of course you think that.

gaslightanthem
May 4th 2009


5208 Comments


you should listen to some of this bands older stuff - it's good

Zippermouth
May 4th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thats what you tell me about most metalcore, lol. I might get "The fear"

gaslightanthem
May 4th 2009


5208 Comments


no no no

get Liberate Te Ex Inferis

foreverendeared
May 4th 2009


14677 Comments


^this

Zippermouth
May 4th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Alright I guess. I'm getting some Pig Destroyer soon, what should I start with?

DoctorNurse
May 4th 2009


475 Comments


The one that sounds like your being skull f**ed by a train

Zippermouth
May 4th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

so like... all of it?

gaslightanthem
May 4th 2009


5208 Comments


phantom limb and terrifyer you need both

Zippermouth
May 4th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thats what I was going for. PD seems to have a thing for undead boobs.

Phantom
May 4th 2009


8985 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Just don't review any of them after you hear them

Zippermouth
May 4th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

aha fuck you, lol

Slimjim367
May 4th 2009


512 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pretty good review

kind of close minded though

but good nonetheless

though you may hate metalcore, as many do, look at it as a genre that you just dont like

not the epitomy of garbage bands, though it often is

Zippermouth
May 4th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

look at it as a genre that you just dont like

not the epitomy of garbage bands,


I think brutal death metal is the epitomy of garbage, metalcore is just bad.

Metalstyles
Emeritus
May 4th 2009


8574 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

good review Zipper, gave me the inspiration to check this out although I pretty much despise metalcore, yet I'm in one of these moods.



Brutal death metal sucks dick DICK DICK DICK. It is just so bad.



Now now zipper, don't be a faggot and look at my list and rec me what should I review.

Zippermouth
May 4th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

JUN JUN JUN DICK!

lol



Metalcore apparently doesn't always suck...

aight brotha'

kintups
May 4th 2009


491 Comments


"Metalcore apparently doesn't always suck..."

Not always.

Metalstyles
Emeritus
May 4th 2009


8574 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yaah I know it doesn't always suck ( same goes for nu metal, fuck you haters!). I even like some BFMV songs and that is already saying something as they are pretty bad. Check out Bloodsimple if you like good, obscure metalcore



EDIT: alright, this is so mediocre as it can be. My ears did not deserve this kind of mediocrity.This Message Edited On 05.04.09



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