Update: The chat has ended. Big thanks to Scott and Jeff for joining us and to all those who chatted. Pick up Awake?, in stores now.
Jeff and Scott from Zao will be chatting with us here at 9pm EST/6pm PST under the usernames JeffZao and ScottZao respectively. Come hang out and talk about the new record, Awake?, or anything else you're interested to know.
Former Zao drummer Jeff Gretz has announced that he is filling in on drums on the upcoming From Autumn To Ashes tour. The band has their new album, Holding A Wolf By The Ears, releasing on April 10th through Vagrant.
ZAO's newest album The Fear That Keeps Us Here has had the biggest two weeks of any ZAO album over their eleven year history. The album debuted on Billboard Magazine's Top New Artist Chart (Number 12) and Top Hard Music Chart (Number 42). Recorded by the legendary Steve Albini (Nirvana, High On Fire, Neurosis), the album recalls the dark experimentalism of fan favorite Liberate Te Ex Inferis fused with the rock n' roll of Self Titled and Parade Of Chaos and the heavy metal mastery of The Funeral Of God.
Longtime guitarist Scott Mellinger and singer Daniel Weyandt, together with the new rhythm section of Jeff Gretz (drums) and former tour manager Marty Lunn (bass), have crafted their...
You can check out the intro to the new Zao DVD, The Making Of: The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here at the Superhero Productions Myspace page (it's video 4 on the player). The DVD will be included with the special edition of the new album, due out 6.13.06.
Zao has selected "My Love, My Love (We've Come Back From The Dead)" to be the first video single from their new album, The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here. The songs "Physician Heal Thyself," "American Sheets On The Deathbed," "It's Hard Not To Shake With A Gun In Your Mouth" and "My Love, My Love..." will be released online starting May 15th.
Demon Hunter has announced a month long US tour in support of their new album, The Triptych, with special guests Zao, August Burns Red, and Becoming the Archetype. The tour will commence on June 13th, and will include stops at Cornerstone in Illinois and Lifefest in Michigan. Dates and venues coming next week.
Zao have set The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here as the title to their new album which they recently recorded with producer Steve Albini (Chevelle, Neurosis). A tentative May 30th release date through Ferret ecords is being eyed for the effort. A limited edition deluxe version of the effort will also see a release with a bonus DVD documenting the making of the album.
Zao are asking fans to help them create a setlist for the upcoming Ferret Music Tour, which also features Madball and Remembering Never. Head to the band's Myspace.com page and submit your song suggestions! Suggestions will be compiled and the band will formulate their set list based on the most popular requests, throwing in a couple of new tracks for good measure. What's fair game? Any song from their rich catalog dating back to Weyandt's first album with the band, Where Blood & Fire Bring Rest, all the way through their Ferret Music debut, The Funeral Of God.
Zao is currently mixing their new album right now at Electrical Audio in Chicago with Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies). Check out the daily studio reports and photos on their MySpace page. FYI, the recording process has been documented for a limited edition DVD that will come with the album when it's released. Some of the song titles are as follows: "Physician Heal Thyself," "Everything You Love Will Soon Fly Away," "American Sheets on the Deathbed," "Killing Time Until It's Time To Die," "Kingdom of Thieves," "Pudgy Young Blonds With Lobotomy Eyes," and "A Last Time For Everything." Finally, guitarist Scott Mellinger had a feature with MTV.com's Metal File which you can read here.