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Heavy Christian rock & roll is no longer anything really new. But Christian metalcore that sounds this dark and angry is pretty unusual. It should be said that the relationship between ZAO's music and the beliefs of its members has always been a bit ambiguous, and indeed there is little on this retrospective collection that would tip off the uninitiated listener as to the group's religious leanings. "Free the Three" seems, in fact, to be a defense of three adolescent Satan-worshippers unjustly accused of a murder; other songs, such as the sonically brutal "Skin Like Winter" (which slyly juxtaposes wall-of-guitar roar and screaming vocals with jaunty handclaps) and the complex, episodic "Ravage Ritual" (which evokes I Against I-era Bad Brains) are harder to get a handle on, lyrically speaking. With this type of music, it doesn't make much sense to criticize it for sounding all the same -- bluegrass all sounds the same, and so does John Dowland's consort music, but that doesn't mean there's anything wrong with those types of music. That said, though, the yowling-cat vocals do start to get a bit old by the end of the album, and when you hear the actual melody that shows up on "Angel Without Wings" you may experience an almost tearful sense of relief. Like David Thomas once said, this is the perfect thing for people who like this sort of thing.
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1
Skin Like Winter
00:02:21

Zao, MainArtist - Barry Poynter, Producer - Dan Weyandt, Composer

(C) 2003 Solid State Records ℗ 1998 Capitol Christian Music Group, Inc.

2
Five Year Winter
00:02:26

Zao, MainArtist - Barry Poynter, Producer - Jesse Smith, Composer - Dan Weyandt, Composer - Scott Mellinger, Composer

(C) 2003 Solid State Records ℗ 2001 Capitol Christian Music Group, Inc.

3
A Fall Farewell
00:02:51

Brett Detar, Composer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Zao, MainArtist - Barry Poynter, Producer - Bruce Fitzhugh, Producer - Jesse Smith, Composer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Weyandt, Composer - Russell Cogdell, Composer - Russ Cogdell, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Weyandt, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2003 Solid State Records ℗ 1998 Capitol Christian Music Group, Inc.

4
Suspend/Suspension (Medley)
00:05:50

Zao, MainArtist - Barry Poynter, Producer - Jesse Smith, Composer - Dan Weyandt, Composer

(C) 2003 Solid State Records ℗ 2002 Capitol Christian Music Group, Inc.

5
Walk On By, Walk On Me
00:02:56

Brett Detar, Composer - Zao, MainArtist - Barry Poynter, Producer - Dan Weyandt, Composer

(C) 2003 Solid State Records ℗ 1998 Solid State Records

6
Ravage Ritual
00:03:09

Brett Detar, Composer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Zao, MainArtist - Barry Poynter, Producer - Bruce Fitzhugh, Producer - Jesse Smith, Composer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Weyandt, Composer - Russell Cogdell, Composer - Russ Cogdell, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Weyandt, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2003 Solid State Records ℗ 1998 Capitol Christian Music Group, Inc.

7
Times Of Separation
00:04:56

Ronald Smith, Composer - Zao, MainArtist - Drew Mazurek, Producer - Jesse Smith, Composer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Moran, Composer - Roy Goudy, Composer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Shawn Jonas, Composer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Mic Cox, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2003 Solid State Records ℗ 1997 Capitol Christian Music Group, Inc.

8
Savannah
00:02:47

Zao, MainArtist - Barry Poynter, Producer - Jesse Smith, Composer - Dan Weyandt, Composer

(C) 2003 Solid State Records ℗ 1999 Capitol Christian Music Group, Inc.

9
The Race Of Standing Still
00:05:06

Zao, MainArtist - Barry Poynter, Producer - Jesse Smith, Composer - Dan Weyandt, Composer - Scott Mellinger, Composer

(C) 2003 Solid State Records ℗ 2001 Capitol Christian Music Group, Inc.

10
Free The Three (Parade Of Chaos Album Version)
00:04:02

Zao, MainArtist - Barry Poynter, Producer - Jesse Smith, Composer - Dan Weyandt, Composer

(C) 2003 Solid State Records ℗ 2002 Capitol Christian Music Group, Inc.

11
Angel Without Wings (Parade Of Chaos Album Version)
00:03:42

Zao, MainArtist - Barry Poynter, Producer - Jesse Smith, Composer - Dan Weyandt, Composer

(C) 2003 Solid State Records ℗ 2002 Capitol Christian Music Group, Inc.

12
Ember
00:02:26

Brett Detar, Composer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Zao, MainArtist - Barry Poynter, Producer - Bruce Fitzhugh, Producer - Jesse Smith, Composer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Weyandt, Composer - Russell Cogdell, Composer - Russ Cogdell, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Weyandt, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2003 Solid State Records ℗ 1998 Capitol Christian Music Group, Inc.

13
Ghost Psalm
00:05:40

Zao, MainArtist - Barry Poynter, Producer - Jesse Smith, Composer - Dan Weyandt, Composer

(C) 2003 Solid State Records ℗ 1999 Capitol Christian Music Group, Inc.

14
Trashcanheads (Keyboard Cowards)
00:03:35

Zao, MainArtist - Barry Poynter, Producer - Jesse Smith, Composer - Scott Mellinger, Composer

(C) 2003 Solid State Records ℗ 2001 Capitol Christian Music Group, Inc.

15
The Icarus Complex
00:02:29

Zao, MainArtist - Barry Poynter, Producer - Jesse Smith, Composer - Scott Mellinger, Composer

(C) 2003 Solid State Records ℗ 2003 Solid State Records

16
One Last Time (Legendary Album Version)
00:02:55

Zao, MainArtist - Barry Poynter, Producer - Jesse Smith, Composer - Scott Mellinger, Composer

(C) 2003 Solid State Records ℗ 2003 Solid State Records

17
All Dressed Up (With No Place To Go) (Legendary Album Version)
00:02:49

Zao, MainArtist - Barry Poynter, Producer - Jesse Smith, Composer - Scott Mellinger, Composer

(C) 2003 Solid State Records ℗ 2003 Solid State Records

Album Description

Heavy Christian rock & roll is no longer anything really new. But Christian metalcore that sounds this dark and angry is pretty unusual. It should be said that the relationship between ZAO's music and the beliefs of its members has always been a bit ambiguous, and indeed there is little on this retrospective collection that would tip off the uninitiated listener as to the group's religious leanings. "Free the Three" seems, in fact, to be a defense of three adolescent Satan-worshippers unjustly accused of a murder; other songs, such as the sonically brutal "Skin Like Winter" (which slyly juxtaposes wall-of-guitar roar and screaming vocals with jaunty handclaps) and the complex, episodic "Ravage Ritual" (which evokes I Against I-era Bad Brains) are harder to get a handle on, lyrically speaking. With this type of music, it doesn't make much sense to criticize it for sounding all the same -- bluegrass all sounds the same, and so does John Dowland's consort music, but that doesn't mean there's anything wrong with those types of music. That said, though, the yowling-cat vocals do start to get a bit old by the end of the album, and when you hear the actual melody that shows up on "Angel Without Wings" you may experience an almost tearful sense of relief. Like David Thomas once said, this is the perfect thing for people who like this sort of thing.
© Rick Anderson /TiVo

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