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There are at least two bands called ZAO, the first of which are still active, the latter haven’t done anything since 1994:

1) Zao (pronounced /ˈzeɪ.oʊ/) is a band from Greensburg, Pennsylvania and are considered one of the founding metalcore groups. However they began in 1993 in Parkersburg, West Virginia, playing a style of Hardcore similar to bands such as Earth Crisis and Snapcase. Zao has hosted several musicians and endured numerous roster changes to the point where no original members remain, often marked by the departure and readmission of multiple members. The band’s catalog is often divided into two distinct eras, marked by a drastic shift in members that led to an equally drastic shift in sound. Most noticeably of these changes was the shift from vocalist Shaun Jonas who later formed Symphony in Peril to current front-man Dan Weyandt. Throughout the years, Zao has hosted many notable musicians such as guitarist Brett Detar of The Juliana Theory fame and current drummer Jeff Gretz who briefly played for From Autumn To Ashes. In the eyes of many fans, the “core” of Zao’s sound was best exemplified by drummer Jesse Smith, guitarists Russ Cogdell and Scott Mellinger(formerly of Creation Is Crucifixion), and vocalist Dan Weyandt. The current lineup is comprised of Russ, Scott, Dan, Jeff, and bass player and long time friend of the band, Martin Lunn.


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  • Re-Vital-Eyes

    FYI Liberate To Ex Infers vinyl is available on and eBay! For anybody who still collects music out there 😁

    28 Jul 11:36am Reply
  • MoogInRow

    Xenophobe is a really nice track

    11 Jul 9:49am Reply
  • aftermgates

    I haven't given two shits about this band in years, but xenophobe is pretty rad

    7 Jul 4:18pm Reply
  • InSearchOfTruth

    Xenophobe <3

    4 Jul 11:52pm Reply
  • iPowder

    Bandcamp Xenophobe / Fear Itself: Definitely on my “shit-to-buy” list.

    4 Jul 1:00am Reply
  • Serious_music

    That feel when a metal band shares a name with a genuinely good avant-prog band. [4]

    19 Jun 11:43pm Reply
  • MoogInRow

    eh, Living Sacrifice i could kinda see, Embodyment and Extol are pushing it, though Nodes of Ranvier definitely have nothing to do with ZAO, never listened to Sinai Beach or Soul Embraced so i cant say much on them. recommendations go by what other people who listen to ZAO also have on their charts, so yeah sometimes the recommendations are a bit weird looking.

    11 Jun 8:59pm Reply
  • InSearchOfTruth

    Similar Artists are everything but not similar to Zao.

    2 May 11:43pm Reply
  • Wunster

    That feel when a metal band shares a name with a genuinely good avant-prog band. [3]

    15 Apr 3:48pm Reply
  • MoogInRow

    id say that Parade of Chaos is my fav with The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here being in a second spot, i love Liberate too though

    6 Feb 1:45am Reply
  • NasalScarecrow

    They've 'promised' a new album this year. Hope it happens, I love the recent albums as much as Blood and Fire/Liberate/Self-Titled. TFIWKUH might be joint favourite with Liberate, so brutal.

    10 Jan 10:13pm Reply
  • diamond_tough

    I guess it was just me then or maybe at the time the kids weren't really digging it I'll give it another shot why not? Honestly never was a huge Zao fan so I could be wrong.

    6 Jan 7:21pm Reply
  • InSearchOfTruth

    v Well, i fall in love with ZAO after that album.Entire album is sick and imho it sounds very fresh 11 yrs later, far more than some present works.

    4 Jan 11:32pm Reply
  • diamond_tough

    Funeral of God has the most plays, smh... one of their worst albums

    22 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MoogInRow

    new ZAO album will definitely be sick, as always

    16 Nov 2014 Reply
  • JokineAugustus

    Super stoked for some new songs. Wish they would update their facebook page more often though.

    18 Oct 2014 Reply
  • InSearchOfTruth

    v they are in making some new tunes process.

    15 Oct 2014 Reply
  • knight_88

    Are they still together? I haven't listened to them in ages.

    8 Oct 2014 Reply
  • InSearchOfTruth

    Ya. This is the best band of all time. [2]

    7 Jun 2014 Reply
  • JokineAugustus

    Ya. This is the best band of all time.

    22 May 2014 Reply
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