Zao- Liberate Te Ex Inferis (Save Yourself From Hell) plus Zao- Where Blood And Fire Bring Rest
This is the first time where I couldn't pick one favorite album from a band because I actually have two favorite albums from Zao. Zao is a metalcore band from Greensburg, Pennsylvania. These albums were released by Solid State Records in 1999 and 1998. The first time that I heard Zao was at this music festival in Louisville, Kentucky called Krazy Fest back in 1998. They played a live set at the festival that was mind blowing and my jaw dropped so far that it almost hit the floor. I had never seen a band play with that much intensity and I had never heard music that was so vicious. To this day these Zao albums still have that intensity and that viciousness going for them. Zao used to be a devoted Christian band but drummer Jesse Smith changed the bands views on Christianity. Zao didn't want to be called a Christian band anymore they just wanted to be called a group of open-minded artists. Zao uses cascading guitars so well that they almost feel like they're falling completely into your lap. Screamer Daniel Weyandt uses vocals that are snake like in delivery. He sounds like he is hissing his words which gives his vocals an almost black metal like sound. Zao implements melodic breaks so well that they make it seem like it is easy. Screeching guitars with feedback amazes me on the "Liberate" album. The music is so brutal and evil sounding that you feel like you have been thrown right through an adjacent wall. Sometimes the music is just scary and it creeps me out. Zao is also really awesome lyrically if you can understand what the screamer is saying. Having listened to them so much I do understand most of what he is saying and it's really a treat for me. Machine gun and rapid fire like playing blows me away on the "Where Blood" album. What you have to understand is that Zao is not just one of the best metalcore bands ever but they're also one of the best extreme metal bands ever. I never stopped listening to Zao since 1998. That's how good they really are. They have some melody in their songs and that is a great surprise because it sounds wonderful when combined with all of the extreme parts in their music. Zao is a very original band and because of this they have influenced so many bands to make their own music. Dirge like passages that slowly move along until they finally hit massive speeds and careen out of control. Zao has a global fanbase and has earned critical praise for their music. The technical prowess of their music was unheard of back when these albums were released and to this day they still are extremely impressive. You should really check out these two Zao albums because these are not only two of the best metalcore albums ever but they're also two of the best extreme metal albums ever. You will be so happy that you did.
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