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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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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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Throwdown, Evergreen Terrace Release Initial Dates

Initial dates for the upcoming tour featuring THROWDOWN, EVERGREEN TERRACE, ZAO, and MAYLENE & THE SONS OF DISASTER have been released:

August 18 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA
August 19 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto
August 21 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
August 22 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
August 25 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
August 27 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
August 28 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
August 29 - Levittown, NY @ Ritual
August 31 - Providence, RI @ Living Room
September 7 - Toledo, OH @ Headliners
September 8 - Chicago, IL @ Metro / Smart Bar
September 9 - Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater
September 13 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
September 15 - Boise, ID @ The Venue
September 17 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
September 18 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
September 20 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's

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Gods Calls It Quits

Last week West Virginia's Gods announced their break-up. Formed in 2004, the band, which featured former Zao drummer Jesse Smith, released material with Hand Of Hope Records. The move comes directly on the heals of drummer Bobby Green leaving the band.

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Watch Zao's Performance of "The Rising End" Online

There is a live performance video of Zao playing their track "The Rising End (the First Prophecy)" available online for viewing at the Underground Video Television website. The footage was taken in Rochester NY at Water Treet Music Hall when Zao was on tour with In Flames, Trivium & Devildriver. The band’s new release “The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here” under Ferret Music will be in stores tomorrow, June 13th in the USA and Canada.

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New Zao eCard and MP3 Online

Ferret Records has posted a new e-player for Zao’s new record, "The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here,” where you can hear the band’s new track “Physician Heal Thyself” and see a video clip of Dan talking about the meaning behind the song. They will be putting up a new track every week leading up to release.

If just hearing the song isn’t good enough, then head over to Purevolume.com and download the track for FREE.

The new album was recorded by Steve Albini (Nirvana, The Pixies) and is due out June 13, 2006. Zao will be on select headlining dates in June and then as direct support for Demon Hunter.

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New Conelrad (ex-Zao Drummer) Song Posted Online

CONELRAD, the project featuring ZAO drummer Jeff Gretz and Adam MacGregor (former CREATION IS CRUCIFIXION guitarist), have unveiled a new track from their upcoming "Sluts and Slobs" EP being released in June on Pittsburgh's Oh No Vertigo Records. The preview track is available for download on the band's PureVolume site in addition to streaming audio of the band's past compilation appearances and various tracks from prior releases.

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Zao Added to Strhess Tour

Zao has been added to the last two dates of the Strhess tour which includes, Poison the Well, Suffocation, Shadows Fall, and It Dies Today. Dates with Zao are as follows:

August 11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
August 12 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

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Headline News

Zao Singer Injured, Band Drops Off Tour

Zao have been forced to drop off of the remaining dates of Ferret Music's "Under The Gun Tour" due to an injury sustained by frontman Daniel Weyandt. Co-Headliners Madball and Remembering Never, in addition to support acts The Banner and Scarlet, will continue the tour as scheduled.

Weyandt broke four bones in his left-hand as a result of a "back-stage mishap." The accident resulted in a sizeable cut that apparently exposed one bone for over 12 hours and became ultimately infected. Three different doctors have ordered the singer to return home immediately and visit a specialist. Fortunately, Weyandt is expected to make a full recovery.

Zao guitarist Scott Mellinger issued the following statement:

"We can't apologize more strongly to the other bands and especially our fans who were planning on seeing us on the remaining dates. We want nothing more than for Dan to get better and we fully intend to crush once again with Dan on the Demon Hunter tour this summer."

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