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The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here

Ferret Music 68

Released on June 13, 2006


"If the melodic end of the kingdom has been taken by KILLSWITCH ENGAGE then the extreme end belongs to ZAO. No question." -- Metal Hammer ZAO’s has spent the past 10 years at the forefront of the metal and hardcore scene. Through breakups, reformations and countless tours; the band has exposed their beliefs and their hearts to the fevered masses. The band’s newest testament, The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here combines the dark and creepy vibe of early albums, with the rock n' roll thunder of and the metallic fury of more recent outings. This time around, famed recording engineer Steve Albini invited ZAO to make their new album with him at his Chicago studio, and the band (all four of them longtime fans of his recordings) obliged. With an album's worth of songs fine-tuned over several months, lyrics and vocals stronger than ever, the band laid down what promises to be another landmark work: The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here. Many of the luminaries of today's heavy music scene are well aware of their debt to the band. UNDEROATH and UNEARTH opened for ZAO. THRICE and FALL OUT BOY listened to ZAO while growing up. AS I LAY DYING invited Dan Weyandt to guest on their last album and Matt Heafy from TRIVIUM joined the band onstage to perform "Praise The War Machine." ZAO, a band whose backwoods roots have allowed them to stay one step ahead of the trends by staying true to their isolated selves.

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# Song Name Popularity
1 Cancer Eater  6%
2 Physician Heal Thyself  0%
3 Everything You Love Will Soon Fly Away Voted #3  11%
4 It's Hard Not To Shake With A Gun In Your Mouth Voted #1  33%
5 Kingdom Of Thieves  0%
6 Killing Time 'Til Its Time To Die  0%
7 There Is No Such Thing As Paranoia  6%
8 Purdy Young Blondes With Lobotomy Eyes  0%
9 My Love, My Love (We've Come Back From The Dead) Voted #2  22%
10 American Sheets On The Deathbed  11%
11 A Last Time For Everything  11%
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Patrick from West Des Moines, IA 
Aug 16 2006 Rating: 4/5 Stars

I don't know what to say about Zao's new release.It's different from "The Funeral of God" which most would call a good thing.But,I was kinda expecting the same thing they did with their last release.This one is good though,don't get me wrong.It's raw and heavy,faster and mad.But,some of the songs are kinda short and a bit repetitive.I do like the messages that the songs are trying to convey.I think I'll just have to listen a bit more and let it grow on me.The better tracks I think are "Its Hard Not to Shake with a Gun in Your Mouth","Kingdom of Snakes","Pudgy Blondes with Labotomy Eyes" and "My Love,My Love(We've Come Back from the Dead)."But,I'm not dissapointed,I was just expecting something different with this album.It's good though.Don't let me discourage you.

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