August 21, 2020
February 21, 2020
Zao had already made a name for themselves, working up from the underground, with a 7″, cassette demo(s) and 2 full-lengths. They were quickly becoming known for taking hardcore in a new direction. I remember a friend telling me that although he loved the riffs on their sophomore effort Splinter Shards the Birth of Separation, he also found them really hard to dance to.… Continued →
February 13, 2020
Few Left Standing were a pioneering Spirit Filled Hardcore act along with other greats as Unashamed, Overcome, and Zao to name a few....
March 15, 2018
ZAO is reissuing their classic mid 90’s debut “All Else Failed” with new mastering job and redone artwork, through Steadfast Records. Steadfast Records is owned and run by Matt Traxler who is a former member of Six Feet Deep, Brandtson, and a ton of other bands over the years. The label has had a resurgence of sorts and has been re-releasing their old albums in Digital format and now physical media.… Continued →
November 8, 2017
Zao is quite the story. They began 24 years ago and are still kicking, releasing music. And it should be said that they’re not just still kicking, they’re bashing the doors in and reminding their fans that there is more to metal than repeated breakdowns and over-produced, cookie-cutter nonsense. Returning with “Pyrrhic Victory,” a five track EP, Zao holds nothing back.… Continued →
September 22, 2017
Zao has announced that they have a new EP coming out here soon, and is available for pre-order now. The EP is titled Pyrrhic Victory, which has 5 new songs.
- Drifting Shadows in Walking Dreams
- Gifts of Flower and Stone
- Clawing, Clawing, Never Cutting Through
- The Host Has Bared Its Teeth
- Feed It Pain
September 10, 2017
Yep, the list you’ve all been waiting for (not really) is finally here. Feel free to offer up some laughs and critical remarks for the music I listened to the most 20 years ago. You’ll notice a heavy T&N presence and I just couldn’t help myself. There were a lot of albums and releases I found myself spinning back then and still getting plays today.… Continued →
August 28, 2017
Check out this review of ISF's debut EP, "Feel. Kill. Conceal. Reveal."
August 18, 2017
The incredibly talented heavy music band, To Live As Sons, have released their brand new lyric video for the song “Get The Horizon”. Watch it/listen below. Featuring a couple ex-members of ZAO and playing an aggressively heavy blend of hardcore. Call it Spirit Filled Hardcore 2017, yep.… Continued →
You'd be surprised how many bands go unnoticed.
July 14, 2017
To Live As Sons, the new spirit filled hardcore band from Pennsylvania, has announced a new track titled “Get the Horizon” being released on Friends Volume 3. The band consists of two former members of ZAO, original vocalist Eric Reeder and original bassist Mic Cox. The band has released an EP through ZAP Records, titled beaten.broken.alive… Continued →
June 30, 2017
Steadfast Records has returned and with that comeback is the announcement that the first 2 releases by ZAO (before they signed with Solid State) have been re-released. That’s right kiddos, get “All Else Failed” (original version), and the ZAO/Outcast “Split” on all digital networks. Listen on Spotify below. Steadfast Records was the work of Matt Traxler, a member of legendary groups like Six Feet Deep, and Brandtson before those amazing bands broke up.… Continued →
April 28, 2017
Indie Vision Music and ZAP Records are proud to bring you an exclusive LIVE STREAM from the band To Live As Sons on May 23rd at 7:30pm EST. Find out more info on the band and this upcoming “show”, below. To Live As Sons are an aggressive spirit-filled hardcore band featuring two former members of ZAO (early days).… Continued →
April 17, 2017
Well it’s been awhile since I’ve wrote one of these. So I hope you all enjoy and I hope you check these amazing bands out! Go headbang! 10. Every Knee Shall Bow Every Knee Shall Bow is a death metal band that started in 2002, with brothers Drew and DJ Wibblesman, but didn’t get going until 2008, when their two younger brothers came of age: Cole and Shane.… Continued →
February 9, 2017
As reported by ThePRP.com, ZAO will be releasing a special craft beer through Louisville, KY. brewery Against the Grain. This special blend of beer is being named “Burned at the Stake” and is taken from a lyric off their most recent album “The Well Intentioned Virus. Read more at the link above.… Continued →
January 30, 2017
The Christian hardcore band, Me and the Trinity have announced they are reuniting for a show in February. Me and the Trinity has announced they are playing Aura Fest with bands such as ZAO, Unearth, Oh Sleeper, He Is Legend, and Artifex Pereo. The band formed in 2010 but broke up in 2015.… Continued →
January 10, 2017
Read this interview with Joshua Ashworth of Society's Finest
January 2, 2017
Here's a little list of some of my favorite releases this year. Check them out!
December 9, 2016
Read this review of Zao's The Well-Intentioned Virus
December 1, 2016
November 28, 2016
October 31, 2016
October 17, 2016
Introducing a new band to you today. They are called To Live As Sons and feature a few former members from ZAO’s “The Splinter Shards the Birth Of Separation” (and before) era. They play a fiery blend of Spirit Filled Hardcore meant to get your adrenaline pumping and your fists in the air.… Continued →
October 16, 2016
April 13, 2010
Zao's 1998 classic album sounds better than ever--a refreshing change from the overly-heavy or emo-infused metalcore bands of today.