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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[via The PRP]

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

Zao’s Scott Mellinger: “Do I Think Tim Lambesis Deserves To Be In A Band? Fuck No.”

Zao guitarist/vocalist Scott Mellinger is the latest artist to comment on As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis‘ controversial return to music. The singer infamously tried to hire a hitman to kill his wife in 2013 and was released from prison in December 2016. When asked about the situation, Mellinger said he doesn’t think Lambesis deserves to be in a band.

Mellinger said the following on the BREWtally Speaking Podcast:

“With what little I know, I never thought those dudes would ever get back with that guy. I really never thought so. But I understand having music in your blood. The hard work that that group of guys took on themselves to do As I Lay Dying and turn it into what it became—I mean that band was one of THE biggest metal bands at one time.

So the allure of that, it’s hard to argue… it sucks man cause like you can’t win. It’s a lose/lose proposition really in my opinion. Do I think those guys deserve to be a band? I think Nick, Phil and Jordan deserve anything and everything that they get, because they’re the best dudes ever.

Do I think Tim Lambesis deserves to be in a band? fuck no. That dude wouldn’t be in a band if he went through with what he tried to go through. If he ended up not talking to a cop and talking to a real dude, like his wife might not be here, and it’s hard for me to even rationalize or any of that kind of stuff.

And I get it, it’s real easy now to look back on it and say I’m sorry and I’m repentant. Like if it would’ve worked out she would’ve been taken care of. That’s it, done. What are you gonna repent for then, ya know?

It’s just such a hard thing to think about cause like I said, I love those three guys so much, they’re some of the best dudes ever and I want to see them succeed in everything they do. It’s just a really big time bummer that they had to get involved with that guy, and Tim to turn into the guy he turned into and now be in the situation they’re in.”

It’s worth noting that Zao and As I Lay Dying were both part of the Christian metal scene and that Lambesis even co-produced Zao‘s 2009 album “Awake?.”

In other news, Mellinger also offered an update on Zao‘s new album:

“Well all the guitars have been recorded for it. Drums are done. I mean essentially all we really have to do now is bass and get Dan in there and have him do his vocals. We were hoping to get it out by the end of the year, but that may or may not still happen. If it does come out, it’ll be later in the year, but we might even end up, depending on what we see… cause there’s so many records supposedly coming out like this year, probably be a ton next year. But we’re trying not to get bogged down in all of the sea of releases, but hopefully once we get it all done and all that kinda stuff it’ll be sooner than later.”

[via The PRP]

Zao To Release New 7 Inch, Working On New Album

Zao have shared a new band update that covers several releases including their recent split with Yashira and Tragic Hero Records’ “The Funeral Of God“ reissue. Aside from those, the post also mentioned that the band will be releasing a new 7″ titled “Decoding Transmissions From The Möbius Strip” in two different vinyl variants (limited to 400 each) and that guitarist Scott Mellinger will be finishing his parts on the group’s new album in the near future.

Here’s the band’s full message:


1) We are expecting the Yashira split to show up relatively soon and all copies will go out immediately. There are still a few red and blue copies hanging in there but not many.

2) Last we heard Tragic Hero records is trying desperately to get at the VERY least the copies of Funeral of God that have been pre-ordered manufactured and sent out as soon as possible. We would not expect this to happen within 2018. This release has essentially been out of our hands since we handed over the new masters and our art instructions. Aside from that we had nothing to do with the pre-orders nor can we personally reach out to the buyers as we do not have this info and everything went through Tragic Hero. We are massively sorry. Never again.

3) We will have a new 7 inch out (featuring 2 new songs that will be exclusive to this release – and like the track from the Yashira split will NOT be on our next album) probably at the tail end of 2018 or very early 2019. It is called Decoding Transmissions From The Möbius Strip. Two variants. approx 400 of each. No pre-orders on this. After this year’s pre-order fiasco it will be an immediate shipping once we put it up.

4) Scott is heading into the studio this week to finish up guitars for our new album. we are hoping for a 2019 release for this.

[via The PRP]

Zao Premiere New Song “Hide From The Light”

Zao have premiered a new song titled “Hide From The Light,” via Metal Injection. That track is from the band’s new split with Yashira, which will released in digital outlets on September 21. A 7″ vinyl version will also be released at a later date. Dan Weyandt commented:

“‘Hide From The Light‘ is a reference to the light beaming out of our handheld electrical devices and that light’s ability to manipulate our thoughts and actions personally, as well as society as a whole, via digital social platforms.”

Zao are planning to release a new album next year and have a tour booked with The Atlas Moth and Yashira.