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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ZAO Discography Tracks


ZAO All Else Failed (Album) Steadfast Records US 1996 Sell This Version
ZAO The Splinter Shards The Birth Of Separation (Album) Tooth & Nail Records, Solid State US 1997 Sell This Version
ZAO Where Blood And Fire Bring Rest (Album) Tooth & Nail Records, Solid State, Tooth & Nail Records, Solid State US 1998 Sell This Version
ZAO Liberate Te Ex Inferis (Save Yourself From Hell) (Album) Solid State US 1999 Sell This Version
ZAO (Self-Titled) (Album) Tooth & Nail Records, Solid State US 2001 Sell This Version
ZAO Parade Of Chaos (Album) Solid State US 2002 Sell This Version
TND 41780 ZAO All Else Failed(CD, Album) Solid State TND 41780 US 2003 Sell This Version
Zao The Funeral Of God (Album) Ferret Music Ukraine 2004 Sell This Version
ZAO The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here (Album) Ferret Music Japan 2006 Sell This Version
F-122-2 ZAO Awake?(CD, Album, Ltd) Ferret Music F-122-2 US 2009 Sell This Version
ZAO The Well-Intentioned Virus (Album) Observed/Observer Recordings US 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none ZAO Author(Cass, EP) Not On Label none US 1994 Sell This Version
ZAO / Outcast (5) ZAO / Outcast (5) - The Tie That Binds Steadfast Records US 1995 Sell This Version
none ZAO Sustained (Cass, EP) Not On Label none US 1995 Sell This Version
SFR 003 ZAO / Through And Through ZAO / Through And Through - Treadwater(7", Ltd, Red) Steadfast Records SFR 003 US 1996 Sell This Version
TND 1112, SS11 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
ZAO Xenophobe / Fear Itself (Single) Not On Label US 2015 Sell This Version
DB073 ZAO Drifting Shadows in Walking Dreams(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Blu) Decibel Flexi Series DB073 US 2016 Sell This Version
ZAO Pyrrhic Victory (EP) Observed/Observer Recordings US 2017 Sell This Version


TND 390272SK1 ZAO Legendary(CD, Album, Comp) Solid State TND 390272SK1 US 2003 Sell This Version
TND71716 ZAO The 2nd Era(3xCD, RE, Comp) Solid State TND71716 US 2011 Sell This Version


F059 ZAO The Lesser Lights of Heaven(2xDVD-V) Ferret Music F059 UK, Europe & US 2005 Sell This Version


4PPRO16302 Zao, Luti-Kriss Zao, Luti-Kriss - Zao / Luti-Kriss Sampler(Cass, Promo, Smplr) Solid State 4PPRO16302 US 2001 Sell This Version
none Bleeding Through & Zao Bleeding Through & Zao - On Wings Of Lead / The Rising End(CDr, Promo) Roadrunner Records none UK Unknown Sell This Version