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good stuff

i was a little dissapointed in the drums on this cd , i thought after the fury of "the fear is what keeps us here" , this album would be a bit more intense. however , that being said , its a great listen all the way through. vocally its probly their best since the self titled cd. the guitars are huge and the bass actually comes out of hiding on this cd. in my opinion its the cd that should have came out after the "funeral of god" cd. definetly sounds more like a follow up to that album than the fear cd. definetly worth the money and listen!

Better than expected, excellent

I've been a fan of Zao for a very long time but I'll be honest, i didn't like their last album that much. The production was terrible and there was only 1 or 2 songs where the band kind of lived up to their potential. Now, This album kills that album in every way possible, the production is very clean, and each song has shown theat Zao is heavier and their playing is more melodic and progressive than ever. I recommend the whole thing, however if your going to get 1 then I say Romance of the Southern Spirit. This song gets my vote of melodic death metal song of the year so far. Highly recommended for Zao fans and fans of metal in general.

pleases Zao fans

A record that is more true to the Zao sound that thousands on people have become addicted to... Scott shows some really good writing skills, and busts out some great melodies that will sound more true to the old Zao sound - REAL good stuff. Dan sounds really good, though I got to say I think he showed the best diversity of his range on the remake of All Else, which I'd like to hear more of. The cleaned up production will make most people more than happy (especially The Fear haters). Criticism wise, I miss the hooks that Russ used to write and the creativity of Jesse, which combined with Dan and Scott made the best metal I've ever heard - but I think this lineup is darn good and making really good metal. Marty and Jeff are solid, and this combo has made Awake? Zao's return to the current metal elite.


Formed: 1993 in Parkersburg, WV

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

A staple of the annual Cornerstone festivals, Zao is perhaps the first metalcore band with roots in the Christian music scene to enjoy a credible, respected position in the mainstream halls of the hardcore and metal realms. Their Carcass-inspired vocals have inspired a slew of imitators of their own. Multi-instrumentalist/drummer/founding member Jesse Smith has long been recognized as one of the best percussionists in heavy music. And the band's lack of apprehension about straying from proven formulas,...
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