Zao, The Well-Intentioned Virus. Seven years after its last album, Zao returns with the self-released The Well-Intentioned Virus. This is peak Zao, back with its most feral and fully realized offering in more than a decade. Along with guitarist Russ Cogdell and bassist Martin Lunn, the core writing trio of vocalist Daniel Weyandt, guitarist Scott Mellinger and drummer Jeff Gretz have locked into Zao's essential being: Be heavy and hooky as hell, with raw emotion at the fore. But here, they also actualize the weirdness that's always lurked behind those brick-wall riffs. The latter years of Dillinger Escape Plan come.
Zao The Well-Intentioned Virus. 2016 Observed/Observer Recordings. Suspension suspended. Dec 9th, 2016 - 4:18pm Posted by wookubus. For much of the intervening years, it seemed that Zao had gone quietly into the night. Of course the past year or so saw a return to activity with shows and a new track or two, all of which led to this eleventh studio album, The Well-Intentioned Virus. Unlike the past two LP’s that preceded it, Zao aren’t necessarily taking risks on this effort. More often than not it feels like an embittered take on what has previously worked so well for them: gravely vitriolic metalcore. Of course the mere genre classification of metalcore has become a dirty word in these modern times.
Darst never appeared on a Zao album although this version of the group (Darst, Smith, Mellinger and Horner) did cut a three-song demo during a Seattle tour stop. The group talked about signing with either Sanctuary or Century Media Records, but Zao "broke up" on stage at a December 2001 show in Pittsburgh (later documented on their DVD). Although technically a tour in support of "Parade of Chaos" as well, no songs from the album were featured in the set-list. After the 2002 tour, the group's members focused on other projects, most notably Cogdell and Mellinger's more rock-oriented Jade Meridian and Horner's two-year stint with the Wheeling, West Virginia sci-fi metal band The Minus Tide. In 2004 Zao released The Funeral of God - a concept album that imagined a world where God had chosen to abandon mankind.
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The Well-Intentioned Virus Tracklist. 1. The Weeping Vessel Lyrics. 2. A Well-Intentioned Virus Lyrics. Broken Pact Blues Lyrics. About The Well-Intentioned Virus. The band has described the theme of this album as people suffering at the hands of other people. Released on their own label (sharing a name with the 8th track of this album) Observed/Observer records, Zao moved away from previous label experiences to self-release this album.