ZAO

Also known as ZAO.
Members of ZAO: Brett Detar, Daniel Weyandt, Jean-Yves Rigaud, Jeff Gretz, Jesse Smith, Mic Cox, Roy Goudy, Russ Cogdell, Scott Mellinger, Shawn Jonas
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.myspace.com/zao, https://www.facebook.com/ZAO.Official

Discography of ZAO:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 (Self-Titled) 10 Audio 2001-02-27
2 The Splinter Shards The Birth Of Separation 10 Audio 1997-05-20
3 Parade Of Chaos 10 Audio 2002-07-16
4 Liberate Te Ex Inferis (Save Yourself From Hell) 15 Audio 1999 Solid State
5 Where Blood And Fire Bring Rest 10 Audio 1998
6 The Split EP 4 Audio 1998
7 All Else Failed 10 Audio 1996 Steadfast Records
8 Treadwater 3 Audio 1996 Steadfast Records
9 The Tie That Binds 3 Audio 1995 Steadfast Records
10 The Splinter Shards The Birth Of Separation 10 Audio 1997
11 The Funeral Of God 11 Audio 2004 Roadrunner Records
12 The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here 11 Audio 2006-06-13 Ferret Music
13 Awake? 10 Audio 2009-05-05 Ferret Music
14 Where Blood And Fire Bring Rest 10 Audio 2009
15 On Wings Of Lead / The Rising End 2 Audio Roadrunner Records
16 The Funeral Of God 11 Audio 2004 Roadrunner Records
17 The Funeral Of God 12 Audio 2004-11-21 Roadrunner Records
18 The Lesser Lights of Heaven 4 Audio 2005-11-15 Ferret Music
19 All Else Failed 10 Audio 1999 Steadfast Records
20 Where Blood And Fire Bring Rest 10 Audio 2009
21 Where Blood And Fire Bring Rest 10 Audio 2009
22 Where Blood And Fire Bring Rest 10 Audio 2009
23 The Funeral Of God 11 Audio 2004 Ferret Music
24 (Self-Titled) 10 Audio 2011
25 The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here. 12 Audio 2006 Ferret Music
26 Liberate Te Ex Inferis (Save Yourself From Hell) 15 Audio 2011
27 Liberate Te Ex Inferis (Save Yourself From Hell) 15 Audio 1999
28 The 2nd Era 33 Audio 2011 Solid State
29 Parade Of Chaos 10 Audio 2002 Solid State
30 Liberate Te Ex Inferis (Save Yourself From Hell) 15 Audio 2011
31 (Self-Titled) 10 Audio 2011
32 All Else Failed 10 Audio 2000 Steadfast Records
33 Zao / Luti-Kriss Sampler 4 Audio 2001 Solid State


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.

[b]Former members:[/b]

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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