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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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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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In Flames Announce More Tour Dates

In Flames has announced a few more dates for the North American tour with Trivium, DevilDriver and Zao. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

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. 10 Detroit, MI - Harpo´s
Feb. 12 Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Feb. 17 Philadelphia, PA - TLA
Feb. 16 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
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. 24 Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall

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In Flames Announce First U.S. Dates

Six dates have been announced for IN FLAMES' upcoming North American headlining tour in support of their highly anticipated new album, "Come Clarity". Support at the shows will come from Orlando's TRIVIUM, California's DEVILDRIVER and Greensburg, Pennsylvania's ZAO. The dates are as follows

Jan. 25 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Jan. 28 - Los Angeles, CA - Avalon
Jan. 30 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
Feb. 01 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
Feb. 03 - Salt Lake City, UT - Salt Air Pavilion
Feb. 04 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre

More dates will be announced soon
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Zao Added To In Flames US Tour

Greensburg, Pennsylvania's ZAO have been added as one of the opening acts on IN FLAMES' upcoming North American headlining tour in support of their highly anticipated new album, "Come Clarity". Also appearing on the bill will be TRIVIUM and DEVILDRIVER. A late January 2006 West Coast launch is expected.

The extended trek will represent IN FLAMES' first North American dates since their main-stage appearances as part of Ozzfest 2005 and will kick off the band's most extensive touring on the continent in their decade-plus history. IN FLAMES are currently in the midst of a three-week U.K. tour alongside MOTÖRHEAD.

IN FLAMES's new album, "Come Clarity", is scheduled for a February 7, 2006 North American release through Ferret Records. The CD will be issued in Europe on February 6, 2006 via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Zao Tap Steve Albini For New Album

Zao has written over ten songs, and continues to accumulate material, for their new full-length album, the followup to last year's landmark "The Funeral Of God." The band is demoing material in their hometown of Greensburg, Pennsylvania right now and will enter Chicago's Electrical Audio studio in January to begin tracking with Steve Albini. The famed engineer's resume, of course, includes Nirvana, The Pixies, Neurosis and Slint.

"This is our strongest material and I'm confident in saying this will be the best album that ZAO has ever written," says longtime guitarist Scott Mellinger. "We want to capture the dark and sinister vibe that was all over the 'Liberate' record, while going even further forward and experimenting - as Zao always has done - with new depths within our sound."

While drummer Jeff Gretz has claimed the new album will be called "The George Lucas Neckfat," the truth is, the album is still as yet untitled. Singer Dan Weyandt, whose voice redefined "metalcore" for the masses on 1998's "Where Blood & Fire Bring Rest" and each subsequent Zao recording through last year's "Funeral Of God," has notebooks full of lyrics.

This news comes just as Zao's exhaustive career retrospective two-disc DVD hits shelves. "Zao: The Lesser Lights Of Heaven" contains a 3.5 hour documentary detailing Zao's storied history in the words of the band's members, several ex-members, friends and fans. It also contains a guided a tour of Greensburg, an hour of deleted scenes, easter eggs, two full live sets from multiple camera angles with board sound, and 14 extra songs from over the years.

"Zao: The Lesser Lights Of Heaven" was directed by the band's longtime friend and manager Ryan J. Downey, a former writer/producer for MTV News and longtime contributer to Alternative Press magazine and other publications.

Look for the as-yet untitled new ZAO album to surface this spring through Ferret Music.

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Zao sets release date for new DVD

Zao have set a November 15th release date through Ferret for their new DVD outing, "Zao: The Lesser Lights Of Heaven". Details on the effort can be found over at www.zaoonline.com.

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Black On Black: A Tribute To Black Flag

The Black Dahlia Murder, Zao, Bleeding Through, Most Precious Blood, Remembering Never, Drowningman, The AKAs and more are among the new artists set to appear on the upcoming Reignition Records reissue of "Black On Black: A Tribute To Black Flag". A release date has yet to be announced.

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A Life Once Lost Tour Schedule

A Life Once Lost will be on the road much of the fall. Here's their latest tour schedule:

dates w/ Unearth
9/16 Erie, PA @ Forward Hall w/ Nora, Since the Flood
9/17 Lexington, KY @ Short Street Lounge w/ Nora, The Classic Struggle
9/18 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre w/ Zao, The Classic Struggle More...

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