NewsSeptember 22, 2008 5:46 PM ET8,087 views

Zao recording new album with Tim Lambesis

Official press release: Legendarily influential heavy music act Zao is in the studio working on a brand new album, the follow-up to their 2006 record, The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here. As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis and Daniel Castleman are heading up the proceedings, together with Zao's Scott Mellinger, for what is shaping up to be another monumental Zao album. "We simply can not wait for everyone to hear these new songs," says longtime guitarist Mellinger. "We have not been on the road since the Demon Hunter and Throwdown tours in 2006, which has given us plenty of time to get our wits about us and to really concentrate on creating the best batch of material we possibly can." Zao's Where Blood & Fire Bring Rest was recently hailed as "one of the most the most influential albums of 1998" by Alternative Press magazine. That album, which introduced frontman Dan Weyandt to the heavy music scene, and followup Liberate te ex Inferis, which introduced guitarist and songwriter Mellinger, continue to be cornerstone albums to a new generation of bands drawing influence from Zao's dark, passionate and creative music. "Zao is a band that has influenced all types of bands in the heavy music genre, from the Deftones and to my band," offers Lambesis. "I'm very excited be a part of bringing them the production their band has always deserved. This record will be the Zao sound that fans and musicians like myself have been waiting to hear for a long time." The lineup for this Zao album is the same as The Fear...: Longtime co-conspirators Weyandt and Mellinger alongside bass player Martin Lunn and drummer Jeff Gretz (From Autumn to Ashes). "Recording Jeff Gretz's drums was the most relaxing and professional studio experience I've ever been a part of," boasts Lambesis. "That guy is a true pro and the standard by which I will judge every other drummer I record at Lambesis Studios in the future." Zao's new album will be released in 2009 via Ferret Music.

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theguyfromcameo 9/22/2008 2:51:56 PM


beauford_ray 9/22/2008 2:52:19 PM

first post...STOOOOOKED!

thevenaedge 9/22/2008 2:53:11 PM

anyone who's stoked on this is a gay

Jiddles 9/22/2008 2:53:22 PM

first post, no for real, and this band is bad because:

Selvin 9/22/2008 2:53:52 PM

"We have not been on the road since the Demon Hunter and Throwdown tours" what shitty tour mates

beauford_ray 9/22/2008 2:59:22 PM

i is a gay...still stoked

Onion 9/22/2008 3:02:08 PM

Holy who gives a fck?

AttheGatesPwnsYerN00bz 9/22/2008 3:10:14 PM

I'm stoked. Don't care what anyone else thinks, either.

SEAMAN 9/22/2008 3:12:26 PM

i wonder if ahhhnold is doing guest vocals.

brassknuckleromance 9/22/2008 3:19:20 PM

good news...

beauford_ray 9/22/2008 3:22:51 PM

ive never understood the hate for this band...theyve done so many good things...

FromHeavensDarkestCorner 9/22/2008 3:31:42 PM

I didn't think these guys were around anymore...where blood and fire bring rest was about the only good think from this band.

cantfakethepunk 9/22/2008 3:41:26 PM

this band is goooood! i cant wait till this drops!

XOmeletX 9/22/2008 3:45:42 PM

who in the fck cares?

palmertraces 9/22/2008 3:53:30 PM

you fcking news posters are complete fcking 10 year old gay trash. this fcking band sucks. you've never seen them but your friend whom you want to be has a t-shirt. he's never heard them either. and you're both fckING gayS.

raidlindisfarne 9/22/2008 4:03:18 PM

What a load of shit.

broox 9/22/2008 4:05:53 PM

Jeff is the most amazing drummer. Check out his old band, Conelrad. It's solid, non-christian awesomeness

puntis 9/22/2008 4:09:33 PM

looking forward to this leaking

conduit 9/22/2008 4:16:15 PM

recently hailed as one of the most influential albums of 1998!

palmertraces 9/22/2008 4:30:12 PM

yeah or his old band FATA you fcking cheeky slag. fck you all .suck gay c-ck.

Dyami_LIAV 9/22/2008 4:39:56 PM

Eagerly anticipating this release! I still haev respect, though I wish Russ was on this recording :(

Holynutsac 9/22/2008 4:55:40 PM


johnnygore 9/22/2008 5:08:29 PM

is anyone from Zao in this band?

TheFall44 9/22/2008 5:08:46 PM

I can't wait for this album.

xrybreadx 9/22/2008 6:00:58 PM

could this be the first zao recording ever that won't sound like complete shit and thin as paper?

electricworry 9/22/2008 6:13:30 PM

how the fck do you go from steve albini to the dude from as i lay dying?

shiv 9/22/2008 6:35:31 PM

this will slay. and their fcking drummer still owes me a copy of Obscura. fckin Gretz.

Diabolical 9/22/2008 6:46:42 PM

Can you say Washed Up?

ipaintmycrimes 9/22/2008 6:56:36 PM

for the most part, i've enjoyed every zao cd so far. hopefully this one turns out alright, although this press release was a fcking joke.

xturtlex 9/22/2008 7:00:58 PM

as i lay dying is a shit band and so is that tim jerk. fck them

sticksandstones 9/22/2008 7:11:22 PM

More like gayO

palmertraces 9/22/2008 7:25:55 PM

shiv did you just name drop on a fcking message board? you did didnt you, you mother fcker.

chicken_gang_bang 9/22/2008 7:27:27 PM

no care

shiv 9/22/2008 7:41:11 PM

lol namedropping. I'm pissed at the lazy fcker.

as_i_laycrying 9/22/2008 7:43:38 PM

*blows jeff gretz* -tim lambesis

iamthehydra 9/22/2008 8:04:01 PM

keep jesus out of fcking metal.

rat_fink 9/22/2008 8:05:30 PM

band sucks

xperineumx 9/22/2008 8:15:08 PM

news only posters are stoked

tiger 9/22/2008 8:27:57 PM

hahah, damn. this is the worst.

rattlehead 9/22/2008 8:35:02 PM


zachshallperish 9/22/2008 8:42:46 PM

ZAO is the goods.

forumdrama 9/23/2008 12:50:15 AM

*shrug* Zao has always been pretty solid, but I haven't bought or listened to a new record of theirs in years, since probably Parade of Chaos.

sgd54 9/23/2008 2:33:56 AM

also of note: gretz is the first drummer tim lambesis has recorded lol sorry tim I know your reading this

bighairyrandomguy 9/23/2008 4:15:28 AM

Sooo excited about this! Zao is my favorite band in heavy music and has been for quite some time. And I'm not a 10 yr old gay as the guy earlier said, this band has influenced me more than any other Any hate on zao is absolutely ridiculous.

unforgivable 9/23/2008 9:15:01 AM

Amazing, this makes me incredibly happy. Just wondering when they would put something new out the other day.

DannibalTheCannibal 9/23/2008 10:01:56 AM

"That album, which introduced frontman Dan Weyandt to the heavy music scene." - Uh... no it didn't... Dan was in a band called "Seaons in the Field" with Russ and Steve Peck prior to joining Zao. a dolt wrote this article...

mattcribbin 9/23/2008 1:02:19 PM

zao influenced the Deftones? Hmm, I highly doubt that.

the_extremist 9/23/2008 4:15:14 PM

Sounds like monumental bullshit to me..

motherfckzombies 9/23/2008 7:24:31 PM

I hope it will be better than the last album. Liberate is still one of my favorite albums of all time.

thetowerofrome 9/23/2008 8:17:39 PM


nashvegas 9/23/2008 9:31:01 PM

Zao influencing the deftones.. whaaatttt???

TheShruteBuck 9/24/2008 1:36:11 PM

fck Tim Lambesis. Zao, you're fcking up.

dakota_998 12/14/2008 4:19:25 AM

Stephen Carpenter of the Deftones called ''where blood and fire bring rest'' one of his favorites of the year

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