"some music was meant to stay underground..."


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 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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Demon Hunter, Zao, August Burns Red Tour Dates

Dates have been announced for the upcoming Demon Hunter, Zao, August Burns Red, Becoming The Archetype, and Spoken tour. Here are the tour dates:

6/14 Portland, OR @ Rock N' Roll Pizza
6/15 Sacramento, CA @ Club Retro
6/16 Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
6/17 San Diego, CA @ Soma
6/18 Phoenix, AZ @ The Clubhouse
6/20 San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
6/21 Dallas, TX @ The Door
6/22 TBA
6/23 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
6/24 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
6/25 Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues
6/26 Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
6/27 Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy's
6/28 Norfolk, VA @ Norva Theatre
6/29 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
6/30 Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
7/1 Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
7/2 Kettering, OH @ The Attic
7/3 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection

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Zao Post Covers of Black Flag Online

Zao have posted their cover of Black Flag's "Black Coffee" online here. The cover will appear on the upcoming reworked Black Flag tribute "Black On Black: A Tribute To Black Flag", which is due out on March 14th through Reignition. Zao on the other hand plan to release their new album "The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here" on June 13th release through Ferret.

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Madball, Zao, Remembering Never, Scarlet Tour

Ferret Music will be sending several of their acts out on the road together as part of the "Under The Gun" 2006 tour. The trek will feature Madball, Zao, Remembering Never, Scarlet and The Banner across the entire U.S. from March 14th through April 16th. With the exception of the two shows below, dates have yet to be confirmed. Stay tuned.

4/4 Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
4/5 Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse

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Zao Drummer Confirms Guitarist's Departure

ZAO drummer Jeff Gretz released a statement to Blabbermouth.net regarding the rumored departure of guitarist Russ Cogdell and the group's plans for the future. His statement reads as follows:

"Russ's departure wasn't officially released as a statement from the band because there is no statement to make. His knee injury was well documented after our early exit from Warped Tour and subsequent outing with UNEARTH and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN that we were forced to do without him. His current status is that he is not in proper health to tour and work on the record. We did not announce it because we felt there was nothing to announce, the music would speak for itself. Of the eight prior studio albums that ZAO has recorded, Russ has played on three (he had left once before and returned only for 'Funeral of God'). The core of ZAO's writing has been Dan Weyandt and Scott Mellinger for the past five albums (Dan going back even one more than that). The band is perfectly happy with the current situation (as is Russ) and the door is open for him to return when he is willing/able. For years, Scott was the only touring guitarist for ZAO, Russ's involvement was more the exception than the rule. Now, you may continue with your Christ-core jokes and suggestions for us when or when not to end our band. MESHUGGAH!!!!"

ZAO are currently recording their new album at the Chicago studio of legendary producer/engineer Steve Albini (PIXIES, NIRVANA, NEUROSIS, HIGH ON FIRE). The follow-up to 2004's "The Funeral of God" is scheduled for release late May via Ferret.

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Zao Study Diary & Album Release Info

Zao are expecting a late May release date through Ferret for their upcoming new album which they are currently recording with producer Steve Albini (Chevelle, Neurosis). More on that can be found in the bands ongoing studio diary, which is available at www.myspace.com/zao.

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In Flames Adds More Dates To Upcoming Tour

More dates for In Flames' upcoming North American tour with Trivium, DevilDriver and Zao have been announced:

Jan. 25 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Jan. 26 Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
Jan. 27 San Diego, CA - Soma
Jan. 28 Los Angeles, CA - Avalon
Jan. 29 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Jan. 30 Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
Jan. 31 Vancouver, BC - Croatian Cultural Centre
Feb. 01 Seattle, WA - Showbox
Feb. 03 Salt Lake City, UT - Salt Air Pavilion
Feb. 04 Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
Feb. 06 Austin, TX - The Back Room
Feb. 07 Houston, TX - Meridian
Feb. 09 Nashville, TN - Rockettown
Feb. 10 Detroit, MI - Harpo´s
Feb. 11 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
Feb. 12 Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Feb. 14 Albany, NY - Saratoga Wi nners
Feb. 15 New York, NY - Webster Hall
Feb. 16 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Feb. 17 Philadelphia, PA - TLA
Feb. 18 Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Feb. 19 Montreal, QC - Le Medley
Feb. 20 Quebec City, QC - Theatre Capitole
Feb. 21 Toronto, ONT - Kool Haus
Feb. 22 Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall
Feb. 23 Norfolk, VA - Norva Theater
Feb. 24 Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
Feb. 25 Atlanta, GA - Roxy
Feb. 26 Orlando, FL - House of Blues

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