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Zao

Formed: 1996
From: Greensburg, PA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Zao News

Below is our complete Zao news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Zao Streaming Entire New Album "Awake?" Online

Zao is currently streaming their entire upcoming album "Awake?" online at their MySpace page. The album will be released on May 5th through Ferret Music.

The "Awake?" Track Listing is as follows:

1. 1,000,000 Outstretched Arms Of Nothing
2. Entropica
3. The Eyes Behind The Throne
4. Human Cattle Masses Marching Forward
5. Romance Of The Southern Spirit
6. What Will You Find?
7. Awake?
8. Quiet Passenger Pt. 1
9. Reveal
10. Quiet Passenger Pt. 2/The World Caved In

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Zao Releases Second Song from Upcoming Album

Zao has released a second song from their upcoming album "Awake?" on their Myspace page. "Awake?" was recorded by guitarist Scott Mellinger and mixed at Lambesis Studios by Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying. The album will be released digitally on 5/5/2009, with a very limited number of physical pressings.

The track listing for album will be as follows:

1. 1,000,000 Outstretched Arms Of Nothing
2. Entropica
3. The Eyes Behind The Throne
4. Human Cattle Masses Marching Forward
5. Romance Of The Southern Spirit
6. What Will You Find?
7. Awake?
8. Quiet Passenger Pt. 1
9. Reveal
10. Quiet Passenger Pt. 2/The World Caved In

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Zao Streaming New Song Online

Pennsylvania based band Zao has announced that their new album "Awake?" will be released on 5/5/2009 via Ferret Music. The band is currently streaming a new track from the album titled "What Will You Find?" on their MySpace page.

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Zao Announces New Album Release Date

Pennsylvania based band Zao has announced that their new album "Awake?" will be released on 5/5/2009 via Ferret Music.

The track listing for album will be as follows: More...

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Zao Announces "Awake?" Album Details

Pennsylvania based band Zao has announced that their new album will be titled "Awake?" and that the track listing will be as follows:

1. 1,000,000 Outstretched Arms Of Nothing
2. Entropica
3. The Eyes Behind The Throne
4. Human Cattle Masses Marching Forward
5. Romance Of The Southern Spirit
6. What Will You Find?
7. Awake?
8. Quiet Passenger Pt. 1
9. Reveal
10. Quiet Passenger Pt. 2/The World Caved In

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Zao Finishing New Album

Zao is currently wrapping up work on their new album, which will hit streets this spring via Ferret Music. The effort has been titled "Awake?" and is currently being mixed in San Marco, CA by Daniel Castleman. According to the group, "It features 11 tracks. 10 of them are brand new while 'Romance of the Southern Spirit' has finally been given the sonic quality it deserves with a brand new recording that smashes the basement b-side version you've heard."

Song titles include "1,000,000 Outstretched Arms Of Nothing", "The Eyes Behind The Throne", "Human Cattle Masses Marching Forward", "Quiet Passenger Pt. 2."

The band comments: "We can't wait for you guys to hear this album! We are very proud of it and in our humble opinions it is very reminiscent of what you have come to know and love about Zao over the years. Every band likes to say 'this new album is our best yet' so we won't say that to you. We know that albums like 'Blood & Fire' and 'Liberate' will always be fan favorites and they are special to us as well. But with that being said believe us when we say that we strongly feel 'Awake?' is a more than worthy addition to our catalog."

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Zao Begins Work on New Album

Pennsylvania metal band, ZAO, is in the studio working on a brand new album, the follow-up 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. guitarist Scott Mellinger comments on the album:

"We simply can not wait for everyone to hear these new songs. 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." More...

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Society's Finest Recruits Ex-Zao Drummer

Former Zao drummer Jesse Smith has now joined Society's Finest. Here's a statement from the group:

"The newest addition to the fold is an old friend of the band. Jesse Smith made his name as the beat machine behind metal powerhouse Zao and will be playing drums on the new record. Now, with a new perspective on the world and music itself, Society's Finest is poised to make its next move. Currently writing and in production for their next release, the band is more focused than ever. They are currently locked away in hammering out songs that will become the sum of a band who have influenced many of today's biggest metal acts."

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Zao Announces New Drummer

According to their official Myspace page, Zao have recruited Dean Minerva of Downside fame to handle the drums for them for the foreseeable future. Minerva takes over the role from Josh Walters, who most recently handled the drums for the band

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Zao Loses Another Drummer

Zao is once again without a drummer as Josh Walters, who just joined the band in late-2006, has officially left the band. Here's a statement from guitarist Scott Mellinger:

"Just to let everyone know, Josh Walters will not be playing drums for Zao. He is very involved in his work and doesn't have the time needed to do anything music related. We do have a friend that will be learning some stuff and hopefully be playing with us very soon. Once we solidify the drummer position we will be playing some shows in our area and possibly be playing Cornerstone Illinois. Zao is not dead, We have every intention to do shows and records in the upcoming months. All the support you guys have given us has been awesome and it drives us to keep this alive."

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Zao Parts Ways With Drummer

Zao has reportedly parted ways with drummer Josh Walters and are said to be on the lookout for a replacement. Guitarist Scott Mellinger posted the following comments on the bands site :

"Just to let everyone know Josh Walters will not be playing drums for Zao. He is very involved in his work and doesn't have the time needed to do anything music related. We do have a friend that will be learning some stuff and hopefully be playing with us very soon. Once we solidify the drummer position we will be playing some shows in our area and possibly be playing Cornerstone Illinois. Zao is not dead, We have every intention to do shows and records in the upcoming months. All the support you guys have given us has been awesome and it drives us to keep this alive!!!"

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Zao Interview Answers Questions About Lineup

In order to get everyone up to speed on recent developments within the band, Zao manager Ryan Downey recently conducted an interview with the band. Amongst the information divulged comes news that guitarist Russ Cogdell is now active in the group again following a hiatus. Commented Cogdell:

"I didn't want to quit the band by any means. There just wasn't anyway that I could continue to go on tour after injuring my knee on Warped Tour. I wanted to take some time off also because it wasn't fair to my new wife at the time to be gone for an extended period of time. Zao toured with In Flames, Trivium, and some other bands and they made a record in Chicago. I just basically took the time off. It wasn't like I 'quit' it just wasn't right for me at the time to be out on the road on tour."

Meanwhile, drummer Jeff Gretz has amicably left the band due to a "difference in attitude and goals." Former The Juliana Theory drummer Josh Walters has been tapped to replace him.

Finally, Zao has fulfilled its two-album contract with Ferret Music and is currently unsigned.

Read the full article at MySpace.com.

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Zao Announce Plans For A Tour

Zao have announced that following the completion of the "Pure Hostility Tour", they plan to take some time off from the road and will focus on writing new material and spending time with their families. If things go according to plan, the band will likely not return to the road till early next year.

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Zao Gives Update From The Studio

Zao recently gave an update on the status of their video for their track "My Love, My Love (We've Come Back From The Dead)", here's what they had to say:
"The Video for My Love, My Love (We've Come Back From The Dead) is almost ready. We got to see the first cut and it's pretty cool. Sort of a combination of Creepshow, The Crow and Star Wars (yes, I said Star Wars, and no, I'm not kidding). There's zombies, violence, blood, guns. Everything you would want. Derek Dale (the director) is actually making two cuts. One for TV airing and one for us (our cut has a bit more blood and stuff)."

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In Flames, Trivium, and Devildriver Live Footage

As both IN FLAMES and TRIVIUM continue on SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND TOUR, their last tour with DEVILDRIVER and ZAO isn’t that far from fans memories. UVTV had the chance to film live material at the Rochester, New York stop of this tour taking footage from all artists. They have since released this both on the television show and through their website.

All of this footage originally aired on the television program which is available in locations in New York, North Carolina, and Ohio. As per usual the company subsequently released for on demand streaming at their website http://www.uvtv.info.

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Zao's "Lies Of Serpents, A River Of Tears" Video

There is another new live performance video of Zao available for viewing at the Underground Video Television website. The footage was taken in Rochester NY and is for their track "Lies Of Serpents, A River Of Tears". Zao’s latest effort “The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here” is available now released via Ferret.

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Zao Answers Your Questions

Zao recently took the time to address the numerous questions that popped up regarding their latest album "The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here", among other things. You can check that out here.

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Throwdown, Zao, Evergreen Terrace Tour Dates

Throwdown will embark upon their "The Pure Hostility Tour" in mid-August with Zao, Evergreen Terrace, Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster joining the trek after its first three dates. More shows will be added, but the following dates have been confirmed thus far:

8/18 San Diego, CA @ SOMA
8/19 Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater
8/21 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
8/22 Houston, TX @ The Studio (Wherehouse Live)
8/25 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
8/27 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
8/29 Levittown, NY @ Ritual
8/31 Providence, RI @ The Living Room
9/7 Toledo, OH @ Headliner's
9/9 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater
9/10 Chicago, IL @ Metro
9/15 Boise, ID @ The Venue
9/17 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
9/18 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater

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Watch Performance Of Zao's "The Last Revelation"

There is another live performance video of Zao online - this time for their track "The Last Revelation" -at the Underground Video Television website. This footage was taken in Rochester NY at Water Street Music Hall. Zao’s release “The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here” under Ferret Music is available now.

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Watch Zao's Performance of “Savannah” Online

There is a new live video of Zao performing their track “Savannah” available for viewing at the Underground Video Television website. The footage was taken at Water Street Music Hall in Rochester NY earlier this year. The band’s laterest release “The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here” is available now via Ferret Music.

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