Zao To Release Remastered Versions Of “The Splinter Shards The Birth Of Separation” And “Where Blood And Fire Bring Rest” On Vinyl

Zao have announced that they are planning to release new vinyl pressings of “The Splinter Shards The Birth Of Separation” and “Where Blood And Fire Bring Rest.” Both albums have been remastered and fans will be able to purchase them on September 23.

Zao shared the below information on the releases:

“Availble this Wed (23rd) at 2pm EST. make sure you click “see more” for all the info Solid State will have an exclusive variant of each at MerchNow solidstate.merchnow.com

We will have an exclusive variant of each at Holy Mountain (in addition to shirts) https://holymountainprinting.com/collections/zao

“The Splinter Shards the Birth of Separation”:

Solid State Records exclusive variant via MerchNow: Clear Green with White Smoke /506
Zao exclusive version via Holy Mountain: Clear Blue with White Smoke /500

“Where Blood And Fire Bring Rest”:

Solid State Records exclusive variant via MerchNow: Clear Orange with White Smoke /512
Zao exclusive version via Holy Mountain: Clear with Blue and Orange Smoke /527

Solid State Records, in partnership with ALL members, past & present of Zao, are extremely proud announce a vinyl record repressing of “The Splinter Shards The Birth of Separation” and their legendary follow-up “Where Blood and Fire Bring Rest.”

Collaborated from-start-to-finish with the musicians on the albums & overseen by the current line up of Zao, these LPs:

– Have, for the first time, been mastered specifically for vinyl.

– Have partnered Zao back up with inceptive design illustrator David Rankin to unearth & restore the original paintings for these albums. While in the process of unarchiving these iconic masterpieces from the their 20+ year hiding places behind attic armoires in Pennsylvania, more unused artwork was found & restored for this reissue series.

– Feature a lush, matte finish jacket.

– Contain lengthy retrospective essays for each release’s insert written by David about “creating the nightmarish art of Zao.”

– Include full-sized, 12×12 card stock, double sided art prints (2 double-sided art prints included with “Splinter”) of high detail, high resolution restored artwork created at the time of the original releases, & in some cases, reimagined (1 double-sided art print included in “Blood & Fire”) to dial up the intensity of these already-ferocious records.

Co-Produced & faithfully-restored by Unoriginal Vinyl to ensure the ultimate fan experience, Zao will also be selling their own exclusive vinyl color variant of each record via their Holy Mountain Webstore in addition to shirts featuring David’s art. Available copies of these represses are sure to immolate faster than… well.. you know. Not even Brandon Ebel could believe the lengths we went to in order to get these ones right.”

Zao Putting Finishing Touches On New Album

It looks like Zao’s new album is pretty much done. The band offered the following update:

“3 or 4 minor tweaks (minor in that only we would ever know the difference) but we are pretty much there with the new album. Officially the longest zao album yet. Early 2021.”

Zao Reveal Details For New Rarities Collection “Preface: Early Recordings 1995-1996”

Zao have revealed the details for their new rarities collection “Preface: Early Recordings 1995-1996.” The effort will be released on October 9 and it can be pre-ordered on Bandcamp.

The band commented:

“14 recordings documenting the earliest days of the band. Opening with a set of previously unreleased demos fronted by founding vocalist Eric Reeder along with 2 tracks that appeared on The Tie That Binds 7”/Split CD.

The second set features 7 tracks fronted by vocalist Shawn Jonas. Including a previously unreleased alternate recording of All Else Failed standout Exchange and the Treadwater 7” version of song Repressed.

The CD format contains two bonus tracks from early Zao side project Monroe. Initially meant for a 7” back in 1996 that never came to fruition and are being shared for the first time ever as a part of this collection.

The source audio has been masterfully restored and given new life by Adam Boose at Cauliflower Audio. Album Lacquer Masters cut by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service and vinyl pressed in Cleveland, Ohio at Gotta Groove Records.”

“Preface: Early Recordings 1995-1996” Track Listing:

01. “Conflict”
02. “Rest”
03. “Sickness”
04. “Increased”
05. “Deep”
06. “Flight”
07. “Security”
08. “Exchange”
09. “Sorrow”
10. “Need”
11. “Captive”
12. “Deep”
13. “Nobin”
14. “Repressed”

The effort’s first single, “Repressed,” can be streamed below. In other news, Zao will also be releasing a 25th anniversary vinyl pressing of “All Else Failed“ on October 9 as well. New vinyl pressings of “The Splinter Shards The Birth of Separation” and “Where Blood And Fire Bring Rest” are also being planned.

Zao Announce Rarities Collection & Vinyl Reissues

Zao have revealed that they are lining up some releases for this summer/fall. This includes some vinyl reissues and a rarities collection.

The band said the following about the releases:

“Coming Soon:

These will be released in pairs late summer and/or fall

Pair #1

Preface: Early Recordings 1995-1996

Newly unearthed/remastered archival recordings of the early years of the band.Included are the early “split release” tracks released by Steadfast in addition to 6 unreleased Shawn Jonas era recordings and 5 unreleased Eric Reeder (original Zao vocalist) recordings. Also available on Digital, cassette and CD (with 2 bonus tracks)

All Else Failed “25th Anniversary edition”

New 2LP 45rpm cut done at Chicago Mastering. Packaged in gatefold with printed booklet. 2 new variants (one is a limited 180gram version). There will also be a new Cassette and CD issue to go with this

Pair #2

The Splinter Shards The Birth Of Separation (Vinyl reissue)

New Vinyl Master, Updated artwork and liner notes by original cover artist Dave Rankin. Overseen and endorsed by the band

Where Blood And Fire Bring Rest (vinyl reissue)

New Vinyl Master, updated artwork and liner notes by artist cover artist Dave Rankin. Overseen and endorsed by the band”

Zao Recording New Album

Zao have revealed that they have been recording a new album at The Church Recording Studio in Pittsburgh, PA. The band posted the following:

Zao Post Teaser For “Reformat/Reboot”

Zao have posted a new teaser for their remix release, “Reformat/Reboot.” The band recruited Zombi‘s Steve Moore, Anberlin‘s Joseph Milligan, etc. for the effort, which will be available on November 15.

Zao To Release “Reformat/Reboot” In November

Zao have revealed that their new remix release, “Reformat/Reboot,” will be available on November 15. The band recruited Zombi‘s Steve Moore, Anberlin‘s Joseph Milligan, etc. for the effort and pre-orders for it are expected to launch on October 30.

Zao Recruit Zombi, Anberlin, Etc. Members For New Remix Release

It looks like Zao will have a new remix release, titled “Reformat/Reboot,” out this fall. The band shared the below teaser image, which mentions Zombi‘s Steve Moore, Anberlin‘s Joseph Milligan, etc. The group also revealed that the title track was put together with “bits and pieces of the songs not reworked all mixed together.”

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Zao Announce August Tour With Wolf King & Hollow Earth

Zao have announced an August tour with Wolf King and Hollow Earth. Here’s the dates:

08/02 Columbus, OH – Big Room Bar
08/03 Lexington, KY – Cosmic Charlie’s
08/04 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
08/05 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
08/06 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
08/07 St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar
08/08 Milwaukee, WI – Club Garibaldi
08/09 Detroit, MI – Sanctuary
08/10 Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant Street