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Customer Reviews

As Awake As They've Always Been

Zao’s Awake?, the ninth album in the Zao saga, is by every means a triumphant return. The band strikes back with a much more melodic sound that was beginning to develop in Funeral of God and was only touched on in The Fear. Yet for all it’s “clean singing”, the band keeps the same intensity they’ve always had. At times you can hear the moroseness of Liberate (1,000,000 Outstretched Arms of Nothing) and the “rockier” sound of Parade of Chaos(the title track), all while Weyandt’s vocal direction continues to be a much deeper guttural tone as in The Fear. The result is melding of metal genius; in which the soaring melodies of “Entropica” are able to flow surprisingly smooth with Weyandt’s signature sound; solidifying new incarnation of the band which previously not been fleshed out. Lyrically, the band focuses on coping with loss and the poor state of social consciousness in America today, vital issues at the moment. For those who found the rawness of 06’s the Fear is What Keeps Us Here too abrasive, fear no more; this album is simply much clearer in terms of sound-quality. Having been everywhere a metal band can possibly go, Awake? finds the band still as alive as ever. And while it may not be as evolutionary as their previous work, this album definitely deserves a place in the Zao catalogue; as it proves that the band’s legacy is far from being finished. BUY!

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.


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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