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 of all time with vocalist dan weyandt, guitarist brett detar (yes, the guy from the juliana theory), and guitarist russ cogdell (detar and cogdell shared bass duties on the record).
if i may be honest, 'where blood and fire bring rest' is one of the most profound musical moments of my life. to me, this record is that important. from the opening venom of 'lies of serpents, a river of tears', to the heartbreaking lament of 'a fall farewell', the unparalelled chaos of 'ravage ritual', the paralyzing, devastating beauty and rage of 'latter rain', to the profoundly beautiful and appropriate piano closer violet, this record is a defining moment in my life. it has somehow allowed me to exist and experience life on a slightly different level.
thank you, zao.