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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.

Source: Lambgoat

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1. ADD writes:

Hell yeah Zao f***in rules

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2. Rulin Kmadd writes:

Dont die of a heart attack as much as I dont agree with thier spirituality standings
this might be interesting mr. albini has produced some interesting work with big black,
sonic youth and nirvana so this could be different.

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3. Rulin Kmadd writes:

Oh yeah BTW props for my former hometown boy Ryan Downey again too.

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4. ADD writes:

i honestly dont really care what their spirituial standings are. i just like the music

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5. badluckmaniac writes:

i think there old stuff is good but they played the worst live concert id ever seen it was short, they talked to much, played only i coulple of big name songs, played lots of sh**y ones and new ones , no no mosh pit, so ZAO suckd live

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6. psythe writes:

i've only just picked up on Zao, so i don't know much about their spiritual theologies or ideologies or even standings, but i do enjoy their soundings.

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