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Tuesday, January 23, 2007 9:47 PM PT

In order to get everyone up to speed on recent developments within the band, Zao manager Ryan Downey recently conducted an interview with the band. Amongst the information divulged comes news that guitarist Russ Cogdell is now active in the group again following a hiatus. Commented Cogdell:

"I didn't want to quit the band by any means. There just wasn't anyway that I could continue to go on tour after injuring my knee on Warped Tour. I wanted to take some time off also because it wasn't fair to my new wife at the time to be gone for an extended period of time. Zao toured with In Flames, Trivium, and some other bands and they made a record in Chicago. I just basically took the time off. It wasn't like I 'quit' it just wasn't right for me at the time to be out on the road on tour."

Meanwhile, drummer Jeff Gretz has amicably left the band due to a "difference in attitude and goals." Former The Juliana Theory drummer Josh Walters has been tapped to replace him.

Finally, Zao has fulfilled its two-album contract with Ferret Music and is currently unsigned.

The full interview can be viewed here.


1/23/2007 9:50:09 PM
OMG first post

1/23/2007 9:51:45 PM
funny how after they got the lineup for the last cd, they were "set" on keeping it same story, another year

1/23/2007 10:01:21 PM
what the fck for?

1/23/2007 10:03:20 PM
this isnt news... this is zao...

1/23/2007 10:08:49 PM

1/23/2007 10:16:18 PM
does anyone even care about this band anymore?

1/23/2007 10:17:12 PM
it'd ne news if they kept a lineup for more than 2 days

1/23/2007 10:30:03 PM
Po Po Zao there I said it

1/23/2007 10:31:14 PM
I was in zao.

1/23/2007 10:38:25 PM

1/23/2007 11:00:32 PM
and so it begins again

1/23/2007 11:04:41 PM
gay band gay band

1/23/2007 11:09:51 PM
maybe if russ was present he wouldve told them how shitty the new album sounded.

1/23/2007 11:19:29 PM
so are they working on album #32 of boring shit?

1/23/2007 11:34:05 PM
the juliana theory >>> they should get back together

1/23/2007 11:41:36 PM
shit band now

1/24/2007 12:18:04 AM
zao sucks live, but damn if i dont love the funeral of god

1/24/2007 12:27:37 AM
zao is awesome live

1/24/2007 12:40:42 AM
"tapped" is an appropriate word here

1/24/2007 1:52:28 AM
LOL @ daily member changes.

1/24/2007 2:23:21 AM
jesus christ! every year! this band cant retain a steady rhythm section.

1/24/2007 2:26:04 AM
Should have quit while they were ahead.

1/24/2007 2:34:14 AM
Still love this band

1/24/2007 3:11:30 AM
Hoorary for more lineup changes!

1/24/2007 3:18:33 AM
i was in this band too

1/24/2007 5:07:29 AM
"not to mention the fact that I am no longer married, God arranged a perfect situation for my official reentrance into the band as a full-time member." great

1/24/2007 8:17:33 AM
yea..they need to stop..

1/24/2007 8:59:21 AM
These guys put out some of the best music of the 90s, it's too bad they can't get it together

1/24/2007 9:07:16 AM
strange that gretz is out. he seemed all too willing to step up and be the mouthpiece of the band, like he was almost TOO into being in zao. seemed like a douchey 35 year old record store guy.

1/24/2007 9:29:48 AM
I swear to fckin god if i hear ay more about christian metal bands...why...I AM GOING TO SIN!!!

1/24/2007 9:57:08 AM
good for them i like that dude. maybe now they can start playing old songs again

1/24/2007 1:49:24 PM
i don't think they play old songs anymore becuse no one in the band was in the band when they wrote the songs. fck this band. ive been saying that from day one. fck them fck them fck them. i hope no one picks them p. theyre a fcking joke.

1/24/2007 3:19:08 PM
break up already, no one gives a shit about this band anymore, and if they do, they shouldn't.

1/24/2007 3:56:39 PM
Russ back = good! Zao aint complete without him.

1/24/2007 8:25:18 PM
The spotlight has been off this band for awhile now. Break up.

1/24/2007 9:59:41 PM

1/25/2007 2:36:05 AM

1/25/2007 6:12:21 PM
hot pockets.

1/25/2007 6:19:06 PM
weird. someone left zao. but who cares. they are infinitely better with russ in the band. they only put out 1 good album without him (liberate). As long as they have dan, russ and the short guy (scott?), they will be good again.

1/26/2007 12:11:07 AM
alexcreate 1/23/2007 11:34:05 PM the juliana theory >>> they should get back together - I agree. And how are they still Zao, didn't that fat drummer leave a long time ago? This band seriously needs to stop having "last tour ever" and quit.

1/27/2007 5:45:07 AM
Pig Destroyer, Russ played on both Blood and Fire AND Liberate albums. The self-titled record is when he "left." I agree with the pro-Russ comments...both of his first cd's with the band are the only two that I like before the original line-up.

1/28/2007 4:40:06 PM
i thought the last album was better than 'the funeral of god' but i agree...they haven't had a great album for years and through different albums....i'd have to agree and say a break-up IF they're smart.

1/28/2007 9:27:09 PM
As of 2006, Pennsylvania has an estimated population of 12,440,621 people. 1/10 of them have been in Zao at one point or another.

1/29/2007 1:48:38 AM
parade of chaos was really the only Zao album I didnt like. Even Funeral of God had its moments but The Fear is what keeps us here is definately up there with Liberate and WB&FBR