Founded in MarchZao has hosted several musicians and endured numerous roster changes to the point where no original members remain. Former drummer Jesse Smithsinger Dan Weyandtand guitarists Scott Mellinger and Russ Cogdell are seen by some fans as the "core" of Zao, with the current line up being the longest Harp - Fast Glissando Up - No Artist - Sound FX: Spectacular Sound Effects in the band's history.
For a time, the band featured Christian themes in their music and was regarded as a Christian band, however this theme was eventually met with debate among the members and the band currently no longer considers themselves a "Christian band" with only bassist Martin Lunn identifying as a Christian.
To date, Zao has released 11 full-length albums, 9 EPs or splits, a two-disc DVD documentary and embarked on numerous concert toursgarnering a limited but global fan base and earning critical praise in the process. Zao vocalist Eric Reeder has been credited with coming up with the band's name. Jonas left the band after recording two albums and is now a youth pastor at New Life Church in West Virginia; original bassist Mic Cox left the band, and Kevin Moran took his place.
Ron Gray also joined the band as a second guitarist after the recording of The Splinter Shards the Birth of Separation. All of the band members, except for drummer Jesse Smith, quit Zao following the Cornerstone festival and a couple of shows they played on the way back home. InSmith recruited Brett Detarguitarist of Pennsylvania emocore band Pensive, to help him build a new incarnation of Zao.
The group played fewer and fewer songs from the old version of the band as Blood and Fire took hold. They toured without a bassist and set stages ablaze with their Five Year Winter - ZAO - The 2nd Era emotion and Weyandt's personal storytelling, which detailed the hardships that informed their songs.
With a rockabilly look and Smith's oddly engaging habit of setting up his drums facing away from the audience, their live reputation grew large in the underground. Not long after recording their half of a split EP with labelmates Training for Utopia in California, Detar left the group in to focus his energy on his rock side-project The Juliana Theorywho would sign to Sony and have a successful career before disbanding in Cogdell left the band in to go to film school.
Mellinger, Horner and Smith wrote and recorded all of the music for Zao's fifth album titled Self-Titledwith Dan coming by for a few days to contribute his lyrics and vocals.
The album is notable for Smith's dark pop interludes, the V-Drum sound and the song "Five Year Winter", which remains a signature Zao song. Corey Darst replaced Weyandt for the majority of the touring in support of the album, with Horner returning, and second guitarist Matt Auxier joining up. Darst never appeared on a Zao album although this version of the Kalifornie (Banks Of The Sacramento) - Paběrky Marko Čermáka* - Trail Do Kalifornie Darst, Smith, Mellinger and Horner did cut a three-song demo during a Seattle tour stop.
They were to embark on a tour with The Juliana Theory and Weyandt had joined Darst onstage as a special guest, but an incapacitated Jesse Smith couldn't make it through the show and long-brewing tensions boiled over. In the documentary The Lesser Lights of Heaventhe band disavowed the re-recording, admitting they did it because they were broke and needed to fulfill their record You Really Got A Hold On Me - The Beatles - Cinelogue Let It Be with Solid State.
Although technically a tour in support of "Parade of Chaos" as well, no songs from the album were featured in the set-list. After the tour, the group's members Five Year Winter - ZAO - The 2nd Era on other projects, Five Year Winter - ZAO - The 2nd Era notably Cogdell and Mellinger's more rock-oriented Jade Meridian and Horner's two-year stint with the Wheeling, West Virginia sci-fi metal band The Minus Tide.
Living Sacrifice drummer Lance Garvin filled in for Smith when the rest of the guys could not find him for a couple of festival dates. However, the Liberate era lineup reconvened in Greensburg around the promise of a new record label that offered to fund a new Zao Five Year Winter - ZAO - The 2nd Era. The label ended up falling apart before a note of music was ever recorded, prompting Smith to reach out to Ferret Music who agreed to Five Year Winter - ZAO - The 2nd Era the band to a two-album deal.
After cutting some new demos, Weyandt left the group. Society's Finest singer Joshua Ashworth was asked by Smith to join the group. However, by the end ofCogdell and Mellinger realized they did not want to make a Zao record without Dan on vocals.
Ashworth stepped aside. With Weyandt back on board, the remaining three "core" members recruited the rhythm Five Year Winter - ZAO - The 2nd Era from Jade Meridian bass player Shawn Koschick, drummer Stephen Peck to round-out the Zao lineup. At this time the band started to Drop Out - 9 Shocks Terror / Devoid Of Faith - Devoid Of Faith 98 Tour Edition their 7th album.
In Zao released The Funeral of God — a concept album that imagined a world where God had chosen to abandon mankind. Ferret heavily advertised the album, the group made their first music video for "The Rising End"and went on several tours of the US, resulting in the biggest selling Zao album to date. Though they had played a few shows Five Year Winter - ZAO - The 2nd Era before, Zao did their first ever extensive European headlining tour with this lineup.
Shawn told the band he would be leaving just before the "Praise the War Machine" US headlining tour, but he did complete the tour.
The following year, Stephen Peck told the band he was quitting two weeks before they were set to leave for the UK to tour with Bleeding Through. Scrambling to find a replacement, the group hired local drummer Jeff Gretz, the first outwardly and outspokenly non-Christian member in the history of the band. After that, they co-headlined their second "Ferret Music Tour".
However, they were forced to head home early after Dan severely injured his hand. The Fear During the tour, Mellinger and Weyandt both agreed that Zao should embark on a long break after the tour. Eager to continue touring, Gretz left Zao not long after and became the drummer for From Autumn to Ashes. On January 23,Zao announced in a lengthy statement that Russ Cogdell had rejoined the band after recovering from his knee surgery. Zao stated that they would not fill the drum position.
There was no news on whether they intended to re-sign to Ferret or seek a new label. In mid, Zao played their first show since with Demon Hunter at Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, PA. The lineup for the show was Weyandt, Mellinger, Lunn and Gretz. Among other things in the recent update, the band said they were extremely surprised on how well their last album, Awake? Zao said the best thing to come out of it is that they learned a lot of the last release and it showed them that fans still enjoy their music and this inspired and motivated them to continue making music.
According to social media reports, on July 11,Zao went into the studio, after a five-year unofficial hiatus and working on side projects like Lonely Ghost Parade and Young Fox, is currently, tracking and recording their 11th album.
Guitar tracking began in January In the first half ofZao announced that their album The Funeral of God would be released on vinyl by Tragic Hero Recordsbut this release got caught up in legal issues and has yet to be released . It was released on numerous formats including a Nintendo Entertainment System game cartridge. Christianity has been a key influence in the band's early work; because the founding members claimed to have a strong relationship with Godthey were considered a devoted Christian band with second vocalist Shawn Jonas often preaching Christianity between songs, which changed as time passed and members changed.
Former drummer Jesse Smith slowly changed the band's vision with citing wanting to be able to play to more secular music scenes and providing less emphasis on religion because he felt the original line-up would "force it down peoples throats. Lyrics in future productions may or may not include Christian messages, but Zao has stated they would have loved to return to the Christian Cornerstone Festival when it was still active.
As ofonly one member of the band bassist Martin Lunn claims Christianity as their beliefs. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This section of a biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly Five Year Winter - ZAO - The 2nd Era must be removed immediatelyespecially if potentially libelous or harmful.
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