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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.
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."
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...
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."
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
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."
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!!!"
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.
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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.
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)."
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.