Zao
All Else Failed (2003)


3.5
great

Review

by Nikkolae USER (23 Reviews)
April 2nd, 2010 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


How do you differentiate yourself? You know, putting your very own stamp or something you do.
How do you take nothing and make it your own, giving it that very special touch that without your very own individuality would be nothing again?
Zaó shows us that it can take very little to differentiate you in a currently decaying genre as the metalcore genre is now a day.

Enter song one off this album Resistance kick things started with a very metal riff, very enjoyable, the steady nature of the drums are very well fitting this particular track, and the eventual fills the drummer makes are pretty remarkable.

Now one could argue that the overall sound of Zaó is pretty much your average metalcore affair, its not , in my opinion you can pretty much tell it was influenced by the first wave of Metalcore bands like an earlier (and much more average) converge, mixing pretty well the riffs of any rock/metal band and the pissed off vocals of say a young, grasper and Higher pitched Henry Rollins (namedropping what?), but its so much more than that, The sum of its parts is bigger and more pissed off than its badass parts.

This hardcore roots show off more in faster passed tracks like Foresight, and the middle part of In Love Kindness, but overall the sound of the album sticks around the mid tempo, no neck-breaking tempos here, but it never really gets too dull.

Lyric wise this bands pretty much the normal affair of Christian Metalcore, a 50/50 thing I would say, with lyrics dealing with a very humanistic point of view on religion on tracks like All Else Failed, and with lyrics of exaltation to their god and religion as with tracks like Growing In Grace & Resistance, though except for the former one, the lyrics never get too overbearing for that non-Christian audience, which is a good thing as they deal with religion in a more cryptic way most of the time.

That’s not to say this record is flawless, in fact its got quite a few holes in its armor, the biggest problem with it its that the songs pretty much sound a lot like each other, take away the eventual break like in the mid part of PS77 and I honestly could of never differentiate it from the other two songs that its smacked in the middle of (minus the fade out of PS77 to switch to Exchange).

As far as my opinion goes this record might be a very average record for most people, as bands like Converge, Botch & 7 Angels 7 Plagues have already done what these guys have done here and maybe even better, but don’t let that steer you away from it, it can be quite joyous to listen to and to find its hidden jewels, over all a pretty fun album.



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Nikkolae
April 3rd 2010


5472 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

just a quick write up, album's ok, i liked it quite a bit

AmarinKo
April 3rd 2010


33 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah, i play this occasionally, its a good filler album I find

IRAI
April 3rd 2010


1567 Comments


Zao is one of my all time fav bands, and this is my least played of their discog.
I cant really say why.

quick fix:

"what 'this' guys have done here"

Should be 'these'.
ez mode.

Good review.
Moderately short and sweet is always a good thing


Nikkolae
April 3rd 2010


5472 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

there fixed, also this and the funeral of god are the only Zao records i own, i wish to check out Awake? though (even if people say its bad)

IRAI
April 3rd 2010


1567 Comments


TFOG is a 5 for me, i absolutely adore almost every aspect of it, especially the prominence of the bass in it.

Awake? is alright, around a 3 or so for me, but aside from a couple KILLER tracks, it kinda lags on a bit. 'What will you find?' is my fav on that one. and the actual album version of 'romance of the southern spirit'(had been an unreleased track that got a demo version leaked out a looooong time ago) is really solid, too.

Dan's vocals are the fucking best in the genre, right in front of J. Bannon(let the shitstorm of dissent begin) in terms of an aggressive unique sound, imo.

im also partial to Dan because he was my main influence for practice when becoming a vocalist, so i can replicate his voice spot on.
I used to cover 'Free the Three' and 'The Race of Standing Still' with my old band.

i Love it.

ThePalestMexican
April 3rd 2010


2816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Irony I was listening to this a few days ago.

bloozclooz
April 3rd 2010


1770 Comments


and that's irony? sounds more like coincidence. :D

cvlts
April 3rd 2010


9661 Comments


suprised this didn't have a review

Zizzer
April 3rd 2010


915 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Me too. And yes IRAI, TFOG is their best in my opinion too.



Why do you write it Zaó not Zao?

Nikkolae
April 4th 2010


5472 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thats how i got them on my itunes library, dunno why tho, should i change it?

Zizzer
April 4th 2010


915 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It doesn't matter to me. I wasn't trying to be snobby or anything; I was just curious because I've just never seen it that way before.

okcomputer1016
August 23rd 2010


73 Comments


nikkolae who is your avatar!!!!!!

Nikkolae
April 21st 2011


5472 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

well august 22nd was a long ass time ago so idk but imma take a wild guess and say Marie Mccray

JokineAugustus
May 21st 2013


9387 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Probably worst Zao.

JokineAugustus
August 3rd 2013


9387 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Still not horrible :D



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