Despite popular belief, Zao is still a Christian band. Yes the CD is titled Funeral of God, but before you get your undies in a bundle, read the lyrics and you will see that the CD is about a world where God does not exist. This is a great concept and it actually made me come to the realization of what this world would be like without a savior and a God. Pretty awful, to say the least.
This is the first CD without Zao’s drummer Jesse Smith. The new drummer is great, though. Though they could be a little more technicle, it fits the mood of the cd. The double kick is used widely on the cd, which is a plus. The guitars riffs and breakdowns are outstanding. They really make use of two guitarist. Dan Weyandt, the vocalist, has this awsome clean and understandable scream. It really is something to hear, which I am sure you have heard a Zao album before. It seems even better. The Cd has this overall epic feel to it that no other CD has ever done.
One song Live..from the “Funeral of God” is actually presented as a reporter at the funeral. It’s very cool. The lyrical depth is just outstanding. You can read them here: www.chritianrocklyrics.com/zao.php
So why give it a 9? This sounds like a 10. Well some of the songs just Don’t have that I wanna hear this one over and over again. Also the singing that is in some of the choruses doesn’t feel as loud as the rest and you can’t really hear it. Unfortunately the last song is all singing so its kind of worthless in a way.
It is a great CD and that Epic feel is something to behold. Since they are on Ferret now you can probably pick this album up anywhere. I suggest you do.
Zao has long been one of my favorite bands, but the rumblings for this CD were pretty bad. People were saying Zao was going nu-metal that they were going to finish a career 180 and say they weren’t Christians. After all what else could the title mean? I decided to wait until I had heard it myself before I judged.
So I waited and waited. A single was released that got my hopes up. Finally finally the day came. And Funeral of God blew me away.
From the apocalyptic strains of “Breath of the Black Muse” to the beautiful and mostly-instrumental “Psalm of the City of the Dead” Zao creates an atmospheric album that just plain rocks.
Now about the title. Funeral of God is based on a single idea. What if God decided to “die”? What would happen? Would we really be affected? I’ll tell you It’s a scary thought and Zao manages to get that across without smacking you over the head with a cross.
Granted, Zao is different than the band we all fell in love with back in 1996. But, every band changes and we can only hope they change for the better. Zao has. The production is excellent, the music is top-knotch, and the singing and lyrics are haunting. Check this one out.