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.

Line up:
Daniel Weyandt – Vocals
Scott Mellinger – Guitar
Martin Lunn – Bass
Russ Cogdell – Guitar
Jeff Gretz – Drums

Discography:
Albums:
“All Else Failed” – Steadfast Records – 1995
“The Splinter Shards the Birth of Separation” – Solid State Records – 1997
“Where Blood and Fire Bring Rest” – Solid State Records * 1999
“Liberate Te Ex Inferis (Save Yourself From Hell)” – Solid State Records * 1999
“Self-Titled” – Solid State Records – 2001
“Parade of Chaos” – Solid State Records – 2002
“All Else Failed” rerecorded – Solid State Records -2003
“The Funeral of God” – Ferret Music – 2004
“The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here” – Ferret Music – 2006
“Awake?” – Ferret Music – 2009
“The Well-Intentioned Virus” – Observed/Observer – 2016
Singles:
“Author” ‎- Cassette, EP – Self-released – 1994
“Sustained” – ‎Cassette, EP – Self-released – 1995
“Split with Outcast- The Tie That Binds” – Steadfast Records – 1995
“Split with Through And Through” – Treadwater – Steadfast Records – 1996
“Split with Training For Utopia” – Tooth & Nail Records, Solid State – 1998
“Xenophobe / Fear Itself”- Self-released – 2015
“Drifting Shadows in Walking Dreams” – Decibel Flexi Series – 2016
Image result for zaoCompilations:
“Legendary” – Solid State – 2003
“The 2nd Era” ‎(3xCD) – Solid State – 2011
Video:
“The Lesser Lights of Heaven” (2xDVD-V) – Ferret Music – 2005

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