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Formed: 1996
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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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Unearth & Dillenger Escape Plan To Do Fall Tour

Initial dates for an upcoming tour featuring UNEARTH, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, ZAO, and A LIFE ONCE LOST have been released:

September 20 - Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
September 21 - Colorado Springs, CO @ The Dark Side
September 24 - Sacramento, CA @ Colonial Theatre
September 25 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
September 26 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
September 28 - Tucson, AZ @ Coconuts
September 29 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
October 1 - Springfield, MO @ The Rockwell
October 2 - Nashville, TN @Rocketown
October 3 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
October 5 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
October 6 - Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners
October 7 - New Haven, CT @ Toads Place
October 8 - Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall

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Hellfest Announce More Bands, Zero Tolerance

Hellfest 2005 has announced more bands and their zero tolerance policy along with upgraded security this year. Here's the announcement about the secutity and zero tolerance policy:

"For the past eight years Hellfest has maintained an almost spotless safety record—less a very minor setback last year. This year, Hellfest has made the decision to make adjustments to our safety policy. This year’s motto—ZERO TOLERENCE. Hellfest takes our fans safety as a serious matter. The bands support it, so should you. We've all heard the speech from the pit, you know, the one found in almost all bands hardcore handbook that starts like this—"We're all family here. If someone falls down, you pick them up." We live by that, but we are very aware that not everyone is always 100% willing to cooperate. We're not naive and we know you aren't either."

"In the past Hellfest has had the t-shirt enforced security on site to ensure everyone’s safety, this year we've upped the anty. We understand with the growing numbers and popularity of Hellfest, our security needed an upgrade. This year we've not only welcomed back our faithful t-shirt security to enforce safety on and around all stage areas, but we’ve enlisted armed security and police officers stationed at all other locations, available within arms reach in case of an emergency. The increased security isn't to ruin anyone's fun, but to keep the hardcore scene about things the scene was built on: music, ethics, DIY attitude and the family mentality. Hellfest fans are on the top of our list. We want the best bands, skateboarders, tattoo artists, merchandise, catering and above all else, the best security. In case there’s any confusion on our definition of ZERO TOLERENCE, we offer you an easy to understand list of consequences. The first incident of disorderly conduct will result in the ejection of all parties involved, arrests will be made and you will receive a fine up to a possible $1000. The Sovereign Bank Arena has welcomed Hellfest with open arms, let’s show them the utmost respect from the hardcore scene. Jail is one place the Hellfest and Sovereign Bank Arena staffs don’t want to see you on the weekend of Hellfest. Whether you purchased a three-day pass or a one day ticket, we don't want any unnecessary incidents happening what cause anyone to miss the most talked about festival of the summer."

One day tickets are also on sale now. From July 27 to August 3, a very limited number of single day passes will be available for a reduced rate. A very limited number of $99.99 3-day passes are still available ($20 less than any other tickets for Hellfest) as well.

//radiotakeover is running an exclusive contest to give you a chance to win prizes involving Hellfest. Four lucky winners will receive one 3 day pass for Hellfest and one winner will win the grand prize of a pair of VIP laminates. Here’s the deal: Grab a video camera and get ready to convince the Hellfest Team why you deserve to go to Hellfest for free. Send your video (vhs, dvd, etc...you make it and we’ll find a way to watch it) to:

32 Mill St.
Mount Holly, NJ 08060

Please include your contact information with your tape: name, email, phone #, AIM (if applicable). For more information on the Hellfest Video Contest go to radiotakeover.com.

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Roadrage DVD Tracklisting Revealed

Roadrunner Records has announced this year's Roadrage DVD tracklisting:

1. Slipknot – Before I Forget
2. Slipknot – Vermilion
3. Killswitch Engage – The End Of Heartache (Band Version)
4. Machine Head – Days Turn Blue To Gray
5. Trivium – Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr
6. 36 Crazyfists – Bloodwork
7. Chimaira – 'Cleansation (Live)'
8. Fear Factory – Archetype
9. Fear Factory – Bite The Hand That Bleeds
10. Cradle Of Filth – Nymphetamine
11. Wednesday 13 – I Walked With A Zombie
12. Devildriver – Hold Back The Day
13. Devildriver – Nothing's Wrong
14. Soulfly – Roots Bloody Roots (Live)
15. Hatebreed – Live For This
16. Caliban – The Beloved & The Hatred
17. Still Remains – The Worst Is Yet To Come
18. The Agony Scene – Prey
19. 3 Inches Of Blood – Deadly Sinners
20. Obituary – Insane
21. Betzefer – Down Low
22. Illdisposed – Still Sane
23. Blood Has Been Shed – She Speaks To Me
24. Zao – The Rising End
25. A Life Once Lost – Vulture
26.Terror – Overcome
27. Open Hand – Tough Girl
28. Walls Of Jericho – There's No I in F**k You
29. Hopesfall – Icarus
30. Throwdown – Burn
31. Madball – Heavenhell

The DVD will be available in September.

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The Juliana Theory Sign To Abacus Recordings

The Juliana Theory have officially joined the Abacus Recordings roster. Formed in 1997, the Pennsylvania rock band features onetime Zao guitarist Brett Detar on vocals. The group has previously released material with Epic Records and Tooth & Nail Records, among others. Their Abacus debut, which will be released in conjunction with Paper Fist Recordings, is titled "Deadbeat Sweetheartbeat" and will hit stores on September 13th. Produced by John Travis (Social Distortion) and Detar, the recording was largely self-funded and recorded almost completely live. Here's a statement from Detar:

"We really set out from the beginning of the writing process to make an album that's a lot closer to our live show. We didn't want as many overdubs or vocal harmonies as on previous records. We just basically set out to make an album that showcased what our band actually is."

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Zao Replaces Drummer

Zao drummer Stephen Peck recently left the band citing financial difficulties. Longtime friend and PA resident Jeff Gretz has replaced him and will be playing the upcoming STRHESS and Warped Tour dates.

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Zao Guitarist Talks Touring And Band Breakups

Zao guitarist Scott Mellinger recently spoke to Hershey Chronicles about touring and band breakups. Here are several excerpts from the article:

There were certain members of the band that didn't want to do it full force," guitarist Scott Mellinger, who joined Zao in the late '90s, explained. "The financial decisions made it hard. It was a lot of different factors."

Things are finally looking up, though, following an event that could have signaled the end of the group - the departure of the last remaining original member, drummer Jesse Smith, prior to recording sessions for Zao's last full-length, The Funeral of God.

Though Smith was often seen as the figurehead of Zao, according to the guitarist, his role in the group's creative process was blown out of proportion.

"Before, me, Russ [Cogdell, guitarist] and Dan [Weyandt, singer] had as big or a bigger part in the songwriting than Jesse did," Mellinger explained. "He made it out that he was the main songwriter. He never came out and said that, but everybody always talked to him. Since I've joined the band, the songwriting hasn't changed."

What has changed in the last couple years is Zao's record label. After releasing several records on the Tooth & Nail/Solid State family, the group made the jump to Ferret Records for Funeral, and they haven't looked back since.

"They've been great," Mellinger said. "With the band being as unstable as it was, I don't think Solid State wanted to put the money in, and I can't blame them. The support's better [now] - it's nice to have the president of your label be your bro."

"This band's been such a joke with touring and breaking up - it's nice to be stabilized," Mellinger said. "I definitely think it's made a lot of difference for us as a band and the record sales."

Of course, Zao wouldn't be Zao without at least one member change per album cycle. Taking up the mantle of past departees like former bassist Bret Detar - now the frontman for the aforementioned Juliana Theory - was Shawn Koschik, who held down the low end for Funeral, then split.

"Shawn just came in for a little bit," Mellinger explained. "He might've just lost the drive to be in a band."

However, the group's tour manager, Marty Lunn, stepped into Koschik's spot without missing a beat.

"Marty has always been in bands with us since the beginning of our musical careers," Mellinger said. "Before Shawn even joined the band, Marty was up for the bass-playing position. Since he's been our tour manager for the last two years, it's nice to know that he's committed."

Read the full article at Hershey Chronicles .

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Second Annual Strhess Fest Tour Dates

Dates for the second annual Strhess Tour have been announced. Sponsored by artist Derek Hess and his company, Strhess Clothing, the trek features headliner Bleeding Through, with support from Zao, Darkest Hour, Martyr AD, and Fight Paris. Here are the dates:

7/8 Philadelphia PA @ The Trocadero
7/9 Worcester MA @ The Palladium
7/10 New York NY @ BB King's
7/11 Baltimore MD @ Ottobar
7/12 Pittsburgh PA @ Rex Theatre
7/13 Detroit MI @ St. Andrews Hall
7/14 Cleveland OH @ House Of Blues
7/15 Chicago IL @ Logan Square Auditorium
7/16 St. Louis MO @ Mississippi Nights
7/17 Omaha NE @ Sokol Underground
7/18 Denver CO @ Cervantes
7/20 Seattle WA @ El Corazon
7/21 Portland OR @ Meow Meow
7/22 San Francisco CA @ Pound SF
7/23 Los Angeles CA @ Avalon
7/24 Anaheim CA @ House Of Blues
7/25 San Diego CA @ Soma
7/26 Las Vegas NV @ Roadhouse Casino
7/27 Tempe AZ @ The Clubhouse
7/29 San Antonio TX @ White Rabbit
8/1 Nashville TN @ Rocketown

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Zao To Tour The UK and Europe

Zao will be heading back to the UK and Europe with Bleeding through from June 23rd to July 1st. After playing the Pressure Fest in Herne, Germany, the band will head to France for the Fury Fest. Following its return from the UK, Zao will tour the states with Bleeding Through via the Strhess Tour. (The full website - www.strhesstour.com - should be coming soon) In August, after the Strhess Tour, Zao will catch up with this years Warped Tour. Look for them on the Smart Punk stage.

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Zao Get New Bassist

Zao have now found a replacement for bassist Shawn Koschick, who left the group earlier this year. Joining the band is long-time tour manager Marty Lunn, formerly of Pensive. Lunn will make his debut with the band during their "City Of Champions" tour with The Juliana Theory, Open Hand, et al. In related news, Zao vocalist Dan Weyandt has contributed guest vocals on the new As I Lay Daying and The Juliana Theory albums.

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Zao Bassist To Depart

Bassist Sean Koschick has reportedly decided to quit Zao, choosing instead to further his education. Koschick will apparently continue to play bass for the band until a replacement can be found.

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Opening Dates for Zao And Friends

ZAO will be hitting the road next year for a nationwide tour with TWELVE TRIBES, FEAR BEFORE THE MARCH OF FLAMES and THE AGONY SCENE. The first confirmed dates we have are below:

January 18 - Kansas City, MO @ El Torreon
January 20 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Navajo Hogan
January 21 - Phoenix, AZ @ Mason Jar
January 22 - Pomona, CA @ Glass House
January 27 - San Francisco, CA @ Slims
January 31 - Fort Collins, CO @ Starlight
February 2 - Iowa City, IA @ Gabe's Oasis

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Zao, The Agony Scene Tour & More

Zao, Twelve Tribes, Emery, and The Agony Scene will be touring together as the Praise The War Machine Tour in January of next year. The dates will mostly span the West Coast and will be announced shortly.

Zao will be recording some extra tracks to tack on the Japanese release of The Funeral of God. A brand new website has been launched for the band here.

The Agony Scene have titled their upcoming Roadrunner debut The Darkest Red. This, their second full length, will be released March 22nd.

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The Agony Scene Return Home For Pre-Production

The Agony Scene will return to their hometown of Tulsa, OK to start pre-production on their Roadrunner debut on November 11th. A tour is in the works with Zao, Emery and Twelve Tribes starting in January 2005. Dates will be announced shortly.

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Dillinger Escape Plan Hot Topic Fall Tour

DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN hit the road again on a HOT TOPIC-sponsered Fall American tour with support provided by EVERY TIME I DIE, ZAO and MISERY SIGNALS. See all scheduled tour dates below.

U.S. Fall Tour w/ Every TIME I DIE, ZAO and MISERY SIGNALS supporting: More...

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Symphony In Peril Announce New Album Title

Symphony In Peril, the the esoteric hardcore outfit formed by former Zao singer Shawn Jonas, have slated "The Whore's Trophy" as the title of their upcoming album to be released in Spring 2005. This title is based off of Revelation Chapter 17. "The Whore's Trophy" will be recorded in October / November at Trax East Studio with Eric Rachel (Skid Row, Misfits, Dillinger Escape Plan, Scarlet) in October and the artwork and design will be handled by Asterik Design.

To read more about what Shawn Jonas has to say about the album, title and message, head on over to the Facedown site.

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D.E.P. To Tour With E.T.I.D. And Zao In Fall

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN have announced their second headlining tour of 2004 in support of their new album, "Miss Machine".

Hot off the conclusion of their highly successful "F$#king With The Lights On" tour, DILLINGER will kick off a five week U.S. tour on September 29 in New Haven, CT. The tour is expected to conclude on November 4 in New York, NY with additional dates pending. Support on the Hot Topic-sponsored DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN tour will be provided by EVERY TIME I DIE, ZAO and MISERY SIGNALS.

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN Fall U.S. "Miss Machine" tour:

Sep. 30 - New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
Oct. 03 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Oct. 04 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews
Oct. 05 - Chicago, IL @ The Metro / Smart Bar
Oct. 06 - Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
Oct. 07 - St. Louis, MO @ Pops
Oct. 09 - Kalamazoo, MI @ Club Soda
Oct. 10 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Oct. 12 - Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
Oct. 13 - Denver, CO @ The Ogden
Oct. 15 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
Oct. 17 - Portland, OR @ Meow Meow
Oct. 18 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Oct. 19 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey
Oct. 20 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
Oct. 22 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
Oct. 24 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
Oct. 25 - Little Rock, AR @ Vinos
Oct. 26 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Oct. 28 - Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues
Oct. 29 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
Oct. 30 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
Oct. 31 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The World
Nov. 01 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
Nov. 03 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Nov. 04 - New York, NY @ BB King's Blues Club

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Zao UK Tour Schedule

Zao will head out to the UK next month and then end up back here on tour in October with The Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die and Misery Signals. Here are the Europe dates:

11/10 Karlsruhe GER Gotec
11/11 Munich GER Backstage (Feat. Nine Disfear)
11/12 Pisa ITA New Breed Club
11/13 Oberwart AUT Oho (Feat. Most Precious Blood)
11/14 Budapest HUN Kultiplex (Feat. Most Precious Blood)
11/15 Mezzago ITA Bloom
11/16 Will SWI Remise
11/17 Trier GER Exhaus
11/18 Arnhem NET Goudvishal
11/19 Berlin GER Kato
11/20 Copenhagen DEN Stengade 30
11/21 Wuppertal GER U-Club
11/22 Leuven BEL Sojo
11/23 Manchester UK Star And Garter
11/24 London UK The Metro

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Gods To End Studio Soon

Gods, featuring former Zao drummer Jesse Smith, will be entering the studio with Barry Poynter (Living Sacrifice, Embodyment) in August to record their debut full-length. The album has yet to be titled, and the group is currently in negotiations with a certain record label for its release. In the interim, you can listen to some of their demo material here.

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Zao's ''The Rising End' Video Online

Zao's video accompanying their track 'The Rising End (The First Prophecy)' has made it's way online and can be found here. The song features on the bands upcoming new album "The Funeral Of God", which will land on store shelves on July 13th through Ferret.

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ETID, Dillinger Escape Plan To Tour This Fall

EVERY TIME I DIE will be hitting the road this October with Relapse artists DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, as well as ZAO and MISERY SIGNALS for a full fledged US tour. Dates, and venues are TBA.

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