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Where Blood And Fire Bring Res

Zao Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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1. Lies Of Serpents, A River Of Tears
2. To Think Of You Is To Treasure An Absent Memory
3. A Fall Farewell
4. March
5. Ember
6. Ravage Ritual
7. Fifteen Rhema
8. For A Fair Desire
9. The Latter Rain
10. Violet

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Chaotic and emotional. A perfect synopsis. Few bands can say that they've mixed the two and won. Their sound is un-caged ferocity, it is powerful . . . DEVASTATINGLY powerful. Supervised chaos.
I judge all hardcore bands by Zao. They are the pinnacle of metalcore, this album being their most pure and prime example. Their only work that could be classified as better than any song on this album would be found on their split with training for utopia. Dan's voice was never better. His lyrics on this album are unparalleled. Pitch harmonics and huge riffs make for some of the best guitar work I've heard in a long time, though no soloing (but this IS a hardcore band). No matter what my mood this disc fits, it is in constant rotation in my collection.
When you see these guys live, all the songs off this album are spine tingling. The sound takes a hold of you, it will pump you up and in its closing track it will calm you back down. From the opening riff of "lies of serpents a river of tears", to the final respects in "a fall farewell", the savagery of "ravage ritual", the shear intensity and perfection of "the latter rain" followed by the massaging calm of "violet" it is a full frontal attack upon the senses.
This is not an album it is an experience.
Five stars without a doubt.
Also if you love this bands sound you should check out "Redeem - a Diadem of Beauty".
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best hardcore albums..ever Jan. 19 2002
Format:Audio CD
well..it's not just that it pretty much fits into the category of "hardcore" music..this album is incredible. first of all, excellent musicianship..heavy guitars, melodic guitars, and (drummer) jesse smith not only delivers quick kicks but has incredible style that really augments..everything. also, beatifully crafted lyrics (yes, they are a christian band, no, i am not a christian, but yes, i can enjoy the lyrics because they are heartfelt, emotional, and not preachy or arrogant). dan has one of the most unique voices in the genre (he left zao after self-titled but he's back and so is russ!!). it took a while to get used to, but he's now one of my favorite hardcore vocalists. another thing about this record is..despite the growls, hellfire artwork, and occasionally dark riffs..it's really warm. listen to "to think of you is to treasure an absent memory" "ember" and "violet" (ok, it's repetitive. so what? it's emotional and a perfect way to end the cd) and you'll see what i mean. also, the "latter rain" has a dramatic, almost spine-tingling buildup at the end (along the lines of hopesfall's later "the broken heart of a traitor"). this cd is by far their best offering, but be sure to check out all their other releases with dan, and their live show is always good fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Christian Hardcore July 22 2001
By C. Cook
Format:Audio CD
This was a pretty enjoyable cd, even if the lyrics did get a little preachy sometimes, i guess thats understandable from an overtly christian band....but anyway, onto the tracks.
1. "Lies of Serpents..." - pretty good opener, nice riffs but a little short..
2. "To Think of You..." - a heartfelt and actually somewhat beautiful lament over a friends death, really melodic guitars and a great chorus even though some of the riffs seemed a little erratic
3. "A Fall Farewell" - another song about a dead friend.... heavy, insance vocals as usual, one of my favorites
4. "March" - this track pretty much just plods along with a few slow riffs and extremely religious lyrics, should have been shorter
5. "Ember" - another favorite, a few fast catchy riffs and some nice melodic leads...a little short
6. "Ravage Ritual" - weird voice-over intro, the song isn't bad but the lyrics are just so preachy its hard to enjoy it
7. "Fifteen Rhema" - an ok track but it seems a little standard for zao, the riffs sound almost random sometimes
8. "For a Fair Desire" - some great leads and rhythm guitars, one of the album's better tracks
9. "The Latter Rain" - beginning is a little slow but it picks up...an ok track
10. "Violet" - a pretty instrumental piano track but still a little pointless, and it doesn't really fit with the rest of the cd
Overall not a bad cd, standout tracks are "Lies of Serpents A River of Tears", "A Fall Farewell" and "To Think of You is to Treasure an Absent Memory"
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By Ken
Format:Audio CD
By no easy means can anyone simply describe Zao's sound on this CD as hardcore or metal, even though those are both decent starting points from which to begin illustrating this triumphant release. This is where a group of young gentlemen hold you by the hand and lead you through their collective catharsis. There is an oxymoronic beauty here that strangely comes from taking all of that misery, despair, sorrow, corruption, conflict, and pain and channeling all of that into pure sonic fury. Above all else, if you don't get sucked into the swelling tides of aggression with each track, you can always find tranquility in their overall message. Whatever you do, don't make premature judgements about Zao with a closed mind before hearing them out. Some in the extreme music scene may think that, coming from a group of Christians, you would expect "preachy" lyrics and warnings of eternal damnation. Refreshingly, Zao takes a very different approach. Specifically, with each of the songs on this release, they drag our senses into the underbelly of gloom and desperation as THEY have experienced it. But as soon as you've been inundated with hopelessness, they show us the glimmers of hope that have offered them redemption - hoping that we can see the magnificence of personal salvation as they have. To say the very least, this CD is substantially personal and introspective in nature, and if you read the lyrics, you come away feeling uniquely touched. I know that much of my description here is about the superb lyrical performance, but the songs and instrumentation deserve just as much attention. If you could somehow take my explanation of the CD's lyrics and overall message and apply it to the music, it would still be appropriate. You can feel the desperation, pain, sorrow, and misery in the riffs, too. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for Christian hardcore collection
"Where blood and fire bring rest" is one of those cd's where you're proud to be a hardcore fan. Dan's vocals are the best in the business. Read more
Published on May 17 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars WHOO
the record that set the standard for this style of music. vocals are cool, bass. drums etc are all good here. This one got people talking and made some serious fans QUICK! Read more
Published on March 2 2004 by Lotus Scrum
5.0 out of 5 stars WHOA DOC, THIS IS HEAVY
Each song is very very good. My favorite tracks are 2 and 5 and 9. This is Dan's first shot at Zao and he really outshines Shawn (Splinter shards...) I think. Shawn was good. Read more
Published on Dec 8 2003 by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Revolution in Hardcore
This is one of the first hardcore CDs i heard and it's still one of my favorites. If you're into hardcore at all, Zao are to hardcore like the Beatles are to rock. Read more
Published on Aug. 21 2003 by T. sho
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorite albums
this is one of my all-time favorite albums.
with 3/4 of the original zao gone, lone original member, jesse smith, put together the most devastatingly beautiful metalcore band... Read more
Published on May 2 2003 by "retardedbanshee"
5.0 out of 5 stars Not their best, but definately a 5 star!
I love Zao, and I love how they mature through each album, and this is no exception. This CD is more of a hardcore/metal CD than just straight up death metal. Read more
Published on March 7 2003 by Tom Servo
5.0 out of 5 stars Where does Zao rank?
Zao is by far the best christian band out there. I wouldnt be able to tell just by listening to their music. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2003 by SLIPSINNER 666
5.0 out of 5 stars best christian hardcore
I have this cd it is by far the best christian hardcore around. Every song is a hit you cant go wrong a must buy.
Published on Feb. 3 2003 by "slipsinner666"
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 and a half stars?!
Ok, why the heck does this only have 4 and a half stars??? Oh well. Anyways, This was Zao's first album with their new line up after Splinter. Read more
Published on Dec 31 2002 by Evan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
I think this is one of Zao's best albums. There are many great songs on the album. Two of them are especially awesome: Thinking of You is Like Treasuring an Absent Memory and... Read more
Published on Dec 30 2002 by The Scott's
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