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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 Checks In With Band Update

Zao has checked in with the following update about the band's current status and upcoming activity:

"If you have noticed that hideous picture of us that dominated the site for the better part of two years (and the coding that made it next to impossible to update anything) is gone. Myspace is forcing a new format on music pages, and we couldn't be happier. Simple and to the point. Now we just have to find the time to re-code some stuff. But we want it to be a place to check for news, etc. I mean, does anyone even USE myspace anymore?

"If you DON'T come to myspace anymore, you have other options, we have links at the top to follow our twitter and to our official facebook page (not the fan ones or that damned facebook wiki page that somehow managed to get 11,000 people liking it, instead of OUR page, but whatever)

"We are building a REAL website. We lost our URL in the Ferret/Warner Music fiasco. (short version of the story there is Ferret still exists, we are no longer on it. the previous owners of Ferret have a new label, we aren't on it). Building a REAL site is tricky. We want it to be the MAIN source of info, and also an archival database of what the band has been and a place you want to go. All this other social stuff should be extra, not the main thing. Hence, why we aren't too concerned about having all sorts of trinkets and bobbles on this thing anymore. More...

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Tales From The Pit: Knocking Out The HxC Kid

We've been talking to bands, promoters, and fans to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This is from Bake in Indianapolis.

“Here at the Emerson (Indianapolis) it’s impossible to see a show without some ‘tard tough guy trying to smash heads all night. So I went to see Zao and Unearth and this dude wearing daisy dukes kept running to the front and jumping on us. I grabbed the guy from the back of the head and told him I’d kill him if he hit me again, and he spit in my face... just a little. So my bud kept his eye out for when the kid was coming to jump; we all moved when he made his flight. Luckily for me, the stage took care of knocking the f**ker out. Stupid bastard.”

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Zao Announces Upcoming Tour Dates

Zao has announced that they will be playing two upcoming shows in October. Support will come from The Ghost Inside, Dead In Existence, and The Great Commission. The details are as follows:

10/23 The Glasshouse (Pomona, CA) 7pm $13 adv/15 door
10/24 The Vault (Temecula, CA) 7pm $10

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Zao Posts Fan Filmed Live Video Clips Online

Zao has posted online several fan filmed video clips of their July 24th performance at Mr. Smalls Funhouse in Pittsburgh, PA. The video clips can be viewed below. More...

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Zao Writing New Material

Zao, who released their latest album "Awake?" in May, have issued the following update about launching a new Twitter account and writing new material:

"so yeah, we're doing that twitter thing now

"we won't ignore this. it'll just be DIFFERENT info. stupid stuff like what jeff is eating or what Scott's latest score is on Madden, or you know, Zao stuff. Because there IS stuff. You just don't know about it yet. but we do. And we want to tell you, IN REAL TIME.

"If you're not down, it's okay, you can still get info here. If you ARE down, then you know what to do

"We're also trying to hook up Facebook but are running into problems. they don't believe it's us or something. We want to get over there to so we can Poke our fans and start an official 'Zao Farmtown' avatar up. More on that later.

"Just coz we're not touring right now doesn't mean we're not a band. we just want to set up a little corner for ourselves in this digital world and make it all zao-like.

"oh yeah, we're writing again."

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Zao Announces Only Live Show Of The Year

Zao has issued the following announcement about the only live show they have scheduled this year:

"MAYBE the only show of 2009. at least, the only one we have locked in.

"Friday July 24, 2009 Mr Smalls Funhouse, Pittsburgh, PA

"All ages, $10.00, 7pm doors, 8 pm show start

"ZAO with To Speak Of Wolves, Kamikabe, and Drugdealer"

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Zao Releasing Early Album On Vinyl

Zao has issued the following announcement about releasing an early studio album on vinyl:

"Yup. Broken Circles Records is putting out a 1000 copy pressing of Where Blood And Fire Bring Rest on vinyl. First time it's seen a vinyl release. Ever.

"While WE don't really have a hand in this one, we've given our blessing and are sitting on the sidelines watching how it goes down to see if there's enough demand to put OTHER stuff out. I mean, think about it. A certain ANALOG recorded album getting the vinyl treatment it deserves? double picture-disc set of Funeral of God?? the possibilities are endless. More...

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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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