ZAO

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Zao is a metalcore band from Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and one of the metalcore groups that rose in popularity at the end of the 90's. Founded in 1993 in Parkersburg, West Virginia, Zao has hosted several musicians and endured numerous roster changes to the point where no original members remain. Former drummer Jesse Smith, singer Daniel Weyandt, and guitarists Scott Mellinger and Russ Cogdell are seen by most fans as the "core" of Zao.

Christianity has been a key influence in the band's work; because the founding members claimed to have a strong relationship with god, they were considered a devoted Christian band, which changed as time passed. Former drummer Jesse Smith slowly changed the band's vision. Because only half the band's members identified themselves as Christians, Zao no longer considered itself a Christian band but rather a group of open-minded artists.
To date, Zao has completed ten full-length albums, three EPs, a two-disc DVD documentary and multiple concert tours, garnering a limited but global fanbase and earning critical praise in the process.

Former members:
Roy Goudy - Guitar (1993-1997)
Jesse Smith - Drums (1993-2004)
Eric Reeder - Vocals (1994-1995)
Mic Cox - Bass (1994-1997)
Shawn Jonas - vocals (1995-1997)
Kevin Moran - Touring Bassist (1997)
Ron Gray - Guitar (1997-1998)
Brett Detar - Guitar (1997-1999)
Rob Horner - Bass (1999-2004)
Corey Darst - Touring Vocalist (2000-2001)
Matt Auxier - Touring Guitarist (2001-2002)
Joshua Ashworth - Touring Vocalist (2003-2004)
Shawn Koschik - Bass (2004-2005)
Stephen Peck - Drums (2004-2005)
Russ Cogdell - Guitar (1997-2006) (Left due to knee surgery, but joined the lineup again in 2007)
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Albums

SFR0002 ZAO - All Else Failed album art ZAO All Else Failed (Album) Steadfast Records SFR0002 US 1996 Sell This Version
TNC 1079, SS3 ZAO - The Splinter Shards The Birth Of Separation album art ZAO The Splinter Shards The Birth Of Separation (Album) Tooth & Nail Records, Solid State TNC 1079, SS3 US 1997 Sell This Version
TND1107-SS10 ZAO - Where Blood And Fire Bring Rest album art ZAO Where Blood And Fire Bring Rest (Album) Tooth & Nail Records, Solid State, Tooth & Nail Records, Solid State TND1107-SS10 US 1998 Sell This Version
TND1146-SS23 ZAO - Liberate Te Ex Inferis (Save Yourself From Hell) album art ZAO Liberate Te Ex Inferis (Save Yourself From Hell) (Album) Solid State TND1146-SS23 US 1999 Sell This Version
TND 1192, SS37 ZAO - (Self-Titled) album art ZAO (Self-Titled) (Album) Tooth & Nail Records, Solid State TND 1192, SS37 US 2001 Sell This Version
TND 39443/1256-SS56 ZAO - Parade Of Chaos album art ZAO Parade Of Chaos (Album) Solid State TND 39443/1256-SS56 US 2002 Sell This Version
DPRO80829 ZAO - All Else Failed album art ZAO All Else Failed (Album) Solid State DPRO80829 US 2003 Sell This Version
MR-1370-2 ZAO - The Funeral Of God album art Zao The Funeral Of God (Album) Ferret Music MR-1370-2 Ukraine 2004 Sell This Version
HWCY-1211 ZAO - The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here album art ZAO The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here (Album) Ferret Music HWCY-1211 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
F-122-2 ZAO - Awake? album art ZAO Awake? (Album) Ferret Music F-122-2 US 2009 Sell This Version
OOR-2 ZAO - The Well-Intentioned Virus album art ZAO The Well-Intentioned Virus (Album) Observed/Observer Recordings OOR-2 US 2016 Sell This Version
OOR-5 ZAO - Reformat/Reboot album art ZAO Reformat/Reboot (Album) Observed/Observer Recordings OOR-5 US 2019 Sell This Version
OOR-6 ZAO - The Crimson Corridor album art ZAO The Crimson Corridor (Album) Observed/Observer Recordings OOR-6 US 2021 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none ZAO - Author album art ZAO Author(Cass, EP) Not On Label none US 1994 Sell This Version
SFR 001 ZAO - The Tie That Binds album art ZAO / Outcast (5) ZAO / Outcast (5) - The Tie That Binds Steadfast Records SFR 001 US 1995 Sell This Version
SFR 003 ZAO - Treadwater album art ZAO, Through And Through ZAO, Through And Through - Treadwater Steadfast Records SFR 003 1996 Sell This Version
TND 1112, SS11 ZAO - The Split EP album art Training For Utopia / ZAO Training For Utopia / ZAO - The Split EP(CD, EP) Tooth & Nail Records, Solid State TND 1112, SS11 US 1998 Sell This Version
none ZAO - Xenophobe / Fear Itself album art ZAO Xenophobe / Fear Itself (Single) Not On Label none US 2015 Sell This Version
DB073 ZAO - Drifting Shadows in Walking Dreams album art ZAO Drifting Shadows in Walking Dreams(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Blu) Decibel Flexi Series DB073 US 2016 Sell This Version
OOR-3 ZAO - Pyrrhic Victory album art ZAO Pyrrhic Victory (EP) Observed/Observer Recordings OOR-3 US 2017 Sell This Version
MOM051 ZAO - Hide From The Light / Led To Ache album art ZAO / Yashira ZAO / Yashira - Hide From The Light / Led To Ache (Single) Mind Over Matter Records MOM051 US 2018 Sell This Version
OOR4 ZAO - Decoding Transmissions From The Möbius Strip album art ZAO Decoding Transmissions From The Möbius Strip (Single) Observed/Observer Recordings OOR4 US 2019 Sell This Version

Compilations

TND39027 ZAO - Legendary album art ZAO Legendary(CD, Album, Comp) Solid State TND39027 US 2003 Sell This Version
TND71716 ZAO - The 2nd Era album art ZAO The 2nd Era(3xCD, Comp, RE) Solid State TND71716 US 2011 Sell This Version
SFR026 ZAO - Preface: Early Recordings 1995-1996 album art Zao* Preface: Early Recordings 1995-1996 (Comp) Steadfast Records SFR026 US 2020 Sell This Version