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Awake?
5/5/2009

The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here
6/13/2006

The Lesser Lights of Heaven
11/19/2005
 
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Zao Debut New Song On Myspace
April 13, 2009
The on again off again christain hardcore group, Zao, have debuted a new song entitled "Entropica" on their official myspace page at www.myspace.com/zao. The song is taken from their forthcoming full-length, 'Awake?' In addition to the song, the band has given the myspace page a facelift reflecting the new effort.

Zao also recently debuted the first single from the album titled 'What Will You Find?' Produced by the band’s own Scott Mellinger and mixed at Lambesis Studios (with As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis and Daniel Castleman), 'Awake?' is slated for release May 5th on Ferret Music and will be a digital release with a limited and numbered physical pressing.
 
 
 
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Zao Recording New Album With Tim Lambesis
September 23, 2008
Legendarily influential heavy christian music act, Zao, is in the studio working on a brand new album, the followup to their 2006 record, 'The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here'. As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis and Daniel Castleman are heading up the proceedings, together with Zao's Scott Mellinger, for what is shaping up to be another monumental Zao album.

"We simply can not wait for everyone to hear these new songs," says longtime guitarist Mellinger. "We have not been on the road since the Demon Hunter and Throwdown tours in 2006, which has given us plenty of time to get our wits about us and to really concentrate on creating the best batch of material we possibly can."

Zao's 'Where Blood & Fire Bring Rest' was recently hailed as "one of the most the most influential albums of 1998" by Alternative Press magazine. That album, which introduced frontman Dan Weyandt to the heavy music scene, and followup 'Liberate te ex Inferis', which introduced guitarist and songwriter Mellinger, continue to be cornerstone albums to a new generation of bands drawing influence from Zao's dark, passionate and creative music.

"Zao is a band that has influenced all types of bands in the heavy music genre, from the Deftones and to my band," offers Lambesis. "I'm very excited be a part of bringing them the production their band has always deserved. This record will be the Zao sound that fans and musicians like myself have been waiting to hear for a long time."

The lineup for this Zao album is the same as 'The Fear...': Longtime co-conspirators Weyandt and Mellinger alongside bass player Martin Lunn and drummer Jeff Gretz (From Autumn to Ashes). "Recording Jeff Gretz's drums was the most relaxing and professional studio experience I've ever been a part of," boasts Lambesis. "That guy is a true pro and the standard by which I will judge every other drummer I record at Lambesis Studios in the future."

Zao's two Ferret Music albums, 'The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here' (2006) and 'The Funeral Of God' (2004), are among the biggest selling and most important in the band's impressive catalog. 'Funeral' was produced by Erik Rachel (Every Time I Die) and 'The Fear...' was recorded by Steve Albini (Nirvana). The band has toured with In Flames, Trivium, Shadows Fall and in the past took bands like Underoath and Unearth on tour as their opening acts.

Zao's new album will be released in 2009.

For more info check out www.zaoonline.com, and www.myspace.com/zao.
 
 
 
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Throwdown And Zao Team Up For Summer Tour
June 22, 2006
The first batch of confirmed dates for the upcoming Throwdown, Zao, Evergreen Terrace, Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster have been released, they are as follows:
8/18 San Diego, CA - SOMA (w/ Sinai Beach)
8/19 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre (w/ Sinai Beach)
8/21 San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
8/22 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
8/25 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
8/27 Baltimore, MD - The Ottobar
8/28 Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
8/29 Levittown, NY - Club Ritual
8/31 Providence, RI - Living Room
9/07 Toledo, OH - Headliners
9/08 Chicago, IL - Metro / Smart Bar
9/09 Indianapolis, IN - Emerson Theater
9/13 Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
9/15 Boise, ID - The Venue
9/17 Seattle, WA - El Corazon
9/18 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
9/20 San Francisco, CA - Slim's
 
 
 
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Shadows Fall, Satyricon First Week Sales Revealed
June 21, 2006
Shadows Fall's Fallout from the War CD — featuring some songs that didn't make it onto their breakthrough The War Within album, some B-sides from Japan releases and a few cover songs — has sold just under 13,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at position No. 83 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart. This is substantially less than the 39,000 first-week tally registered by its predecessor, The War Within, which came out in September 2004 and debuted at No. 20 on The Billboard 200 chart. The War Within has since sold a total of 259,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

In other SoundScan news, Satyricon's latest CD, Now, Diabolical, shifted around 1,700 copies in its first week of release — around one-tenth of the total number of units (15,000) shifted by the band's last effort, Volcano, which came out in the U.S. in 2004.

Other notable heavy metal/hard rock U.S. sales debuts for the week ending June 18, 2006, as reported by Nielsen SoundScan (all figures are rounded to the nearest hundred; The Billboard 200 chart position included, where applicable):

Zao - The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here: 4,400
Skinless - Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead: 1,000
The Acacia Strain - The Dead Walk: 2,600
 
 
 
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Zao's: New Album Available for Preview
June 8, 2006
Greensburg, Pennsylvania-based band Zao have made their entire new album, The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here, available for preview at this location. Due on June 13 via Ferret, the CD was recorded at Electrical Audio in Chicago with the studio's famed owner, Steve Albini ( Nirvana, The Pixies, High On Fire) at the helm. Albini approached Zao himself and captured their intense energy.

The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here (view artwork here) track listing:

01. Cancer Eater
02. Physician Heal Thyself
03. Everything You Love Will Soon Fly Away
04. It's Hard Not To Shake With A Gun In Your Mouth
05. Kingdom Of Thieves
06. Killing Time 'Til Its Time To Die
07. There Is No Such Thing As Paranoia
08. Purdy Young Blondes With Lobotomy Eyes
09. My Love, My Love (We've Come Back From The Dead)
10. American Sheets On The Deathbed
11. A Last Time For Everything

The limited-edition "deluxe" version of The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here will include a "massive" booklet featuring original artwork by Asterik Studios (Bleeding Through, Norma Jean) and a full-length DVD chronicling the making of Zao's newest album.

Zao were recently forced to drop off the Ferret Music "Under the Gun Tour" due to an injury sustained by frontman Daniel Weyandt. The band begin a lengthy U.S. tour tomorrow, June 9 in Indianapolis. For full tour schedule, go to this location.
 
 
 
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Biography
HOME TOWN: Greensburg, PA
MEMBERS:
Dan Weyandt (vocals)
Scott Melinger (guitar)
Marty Lunn (bass)
Jeff Gretz (drums)

"If the melodic end of the kingdom has been taken by Killswitch Engage then the extreme end belongs to Zao. No question." -- Metal Hammer magazine.

Zao's new album, "The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here," is due in June. Recorded by Steve Albini (Nirvana, Neurosis, The Pixies) the album combines the dark and creepy vibe of "Liberate" with the rock n' roll thunder of "Self-Titled" and the metallic fury of "The Funeral Of God."

Zao's storied career was documented on the two-disc "The Lesser Lights Of Heaven" DVD and the luminaries of today's heavy music scene are well aware of their debt to the band. Underoath and Unearth opened for Zao. Thrice and Fall Out Boy listened to Zao while growing up. As I Lay Dying invited Dan Weyandt to guest on their last album and Matt Heafy from Trivium joined the band onstage to perform "Praise The War Machine."

Greensburg, Pennsylvania isn't known for many things besides being in close proximity to the mall where George A. Romero filmed "Dawn Of The Dead." And the renegade spirit, commentary on the world around us, and personal introspection that drives the bespectacled filmmaker lives and breathes within Zao, a band whose backwoods roots have allowed them to stay one step ahead of the trends by staying true to their isolated selves.

Zao's original incarnation formed in the mid-90s with the evangelical zeal of Focused, the fervor of Earth Crisis and the image of vintage rockabilly. When that version of the band fell apart shortly after the 1997 Cornerstone Festival, Zao as it would come to change the course of heavy music was born in the fires of creative tension.

"Where Blood & Fire Bring Rest" took the conventions of hardcore and heavy metal and turned them upside down. Thunderous, epic, and full of passion, the album was driven by vocals that exorcised singer Daniel Weyandt's demons as if his life depended on the songs. His words reshaped a personal history wrought with tragedy, suicide and death into beautiful musings that connected with their brutal honesty and naked self-observation.

Guitarists Russ Cogdell and Brett Detar, and original drummer Jesse Smith, played the songs with a passion to match Dan Weyandt's soul-wrenching lyrics as the now Greensburg based band (linked to the Zao of old only by West Virginian Smith) devastated stages across the country. Not since Unbroken had jaws dropped like this.

When Scott Mellinger joined Zao (replacing guitarist Detar, who left to focus on The Juliana Theory) it began a song-writing partnership with Weyandt that persists to this day. Smith's West Virginian friend Rob Horner filled the long-vacant bass position before the band made "Liberate Te Ex Inferis (Save Yourself From Hell)," an album that redefined the sound of an era AGAIN and created one of the band's biggest live hits, "Savannah."

Zao's next album, "Self-Titled," was recorded by only Dan, Scott and Jesse and featured a vast amount of experimentation with electronics, dark soundscapes, and melodic interludes. "A Tool To Scream" and the lovelorn letter that is "Five Year Winter" eclipsed all they had done before, while "At Zero" is the kind of devastating album closer that brings to mind Metallica's "Dyer's Eve" or "Damage Inc." After the album's release, Zao toured with a new singer, Corey Darst, who did an admirable job mimicking Dan's voice but never captured the same energy. In December of 2001 Zao broke up onstage, ironically as Dan stood in as a "guest."

Blood & Fire did not bring rest in this case, however, and soon Dan, Scott and Jesse returned to producer Barry Poytner's Arkansas studio and created "Parade Of Chaos," which pushed their musical envelope even further. "The Buzzing" and "Suspend/ Suspension" opened the album with alarming force while "Free The Three" and "How Are The Weak Free" were well-suited for long drives down desolate roads.

The "Burn It Down And Walk Away" tour followed, with Russ Cogdell back in the band, and saw Zao playing to bigger audiences than ever before. Although it was billed as their "farewell" the band learned, as ever, that they simply could not put their passions to rest. Despite the turmoil, the distance between the Greensburg members and Smith, and all of the trials and tribulations of being in a touring band, Zao arose again.

In 2003, Dan, Scott, Russ, Jesse and Rob cut a series of demos for a fledgling label that never got off the ground. Ferret Music signed the band instead, but not before Dan drifted from the band one last time. Society's Finest singer Joshua Ashworth stepped in on tour for a while, but Scott was already on the phone asking Dan back into the band shortly before Smith, long enamored with side-projects, left Zao (taking Horner with him).

Dan, Scott and Russ enlisted two longtime Greensburg friends, Shawn Koschik and Stephen Peck, to fill the vacant bass and drum positions and recorded "The Funeral Of God." An ambitious concept album which envisions a world where God decides to abandon humanity the way that much of mankind has abandoned Him, the album heralded the return of Zao to a new world where heavy music is enjoying a resurgence.

"The Funeral Of God" saw the band get their first airplay on MTV2 and Fuse as well as major accolades in the metal press. Yes, at last, recognition! And finally, like their heroes Johnny Cash and Nick Cave, people started to realize that the kind of art Zao makes is not easily classifiable as Christian or secular... It's just good.

Zao headlined the Ferret Music Tour in 2004, the "Praise The War Machine" tour in 2005, and toured with Dillinger Escape Plan and Every Time I Die. Longtime tour manager Marty Lunn took over the bass position before the band co-headlined the "City Of Champions" tour with The Juliana Theory. And more recently, Jeff Gretz became the band's new drummer before they toured the UK and America with Bleeding Through. After a couple of weeks on the 2005 Warped Tour, a knee-injury sidelined Cogdell and ultimately led to his decision to leave Zao once again. In the fall of 2005, Scott, Dan, Marty and Jeff hit the road with Unearth and later Shadows Fall.

Famed recording engineer Steve Albini invited Zao to make their new album with him at his Chicago studio, and the band (all four of them longtime fans of his recordings) obliged. With an album's worth of songs fine-tuned by Scott and Jeff over several months, with Marty's input apparent as well and Dan's lyrics and vocals stronger than ever, the band laid down what promises to be another landmark work: "The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here."

"Physician Heal Thyself," "American Sheets On The Deathbed," "A Last Time For Everything" and "My Love, My Love We've Come Back From The Dead" are just a handful of the newly energized songs the band will unleash upon the world with this summer's new album, set for release after Zao co-headlines the 2006 Ferret Music Tour.

Get ready. Like the Greek word for which the band was named, Zao is truly "ALIVE."