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Parade of Chaos

Zao (Heavy Metal), ZaoAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)


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listen  1. Buzzing, The (Parade Of Chaos Album Version) 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. Parade Of Chaos (Parade Of Chaos Album Version) 2:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. Free The Three (Parade Of Chaos Album Version) 4:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Man In The Womb (Parade Of Chaos Album Version) 4:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Pirate's Prayer, A (Parade Of Chaos Album Version) 4:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Ballad Of Buddy Bigsby, The (Parade Of Chaos Album Version) 1:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. How Are The Weak Free (Parade Of Chaos Album Version) 4:24$1.29  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 16, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Solid State Records
  • ASIN: B000069CKJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,923 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good balance July 16, 2002
By graham
Format:Audio CD
The cd "parade of chaos" is really, first of all, a great album from zao. After listening to it a couple time, I think it would be safe for me to call it my new favorite from the band. Too be honest, I was kinda worried about what they'd turned into since their "(self-titled)" album a while back. But I was very happy to see them return to a sound more similar to "where blood and fire bring rest", with breakdowns aplenty.
The album combines the technical guitar parts of self titled with a more sludge sound like you would find in "liberate te es inferis" as well as some really great breakdown which just make you want to break out dancing. Also I think it has some really great melodies in the songs, which sound a rockish quality.
The only thing i was disappointed in was the lack of the cool beats. In self-titled, drummer Jessie Smith created some rhythems i just couldn't get out of my head.
Overall, this is a great mix of the awesome vocals and breakdowns on blood and fire with the slick riffs of self-titled.
Some of my favorite songs are The Buzzing, Killing Cupid, and How Are The Weak Free. Hopefully this wont be the last we see of Zao, but if it is, its a great tribute to everything they have come to be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice in some ways, dull in others. July 23, 2002
Format:Audio CD
After the crushing self-titled disc I EAGERLY awaited new material from Zao. I do enjoy some of this album. In fact, "The Buzzing" and "Suspend/Suspension" are great songs, the latter being one of the bands best moments in my opinion. I gave up trying to keep tabs on the band members and was pleasantly surprised to hear Dan back on lead vocals. There is still nothing to compare to his voice :)
While there are some great moments here, the rest seems rather blah to me. "Parade of Chaos", "Free The Three", and "A Pirate's Prayer" have some wonderful moments and breakdowns. However, I don't really care for "The Ballad of..." or the instrumental/ambient interlude before the title track. The acoustic-tinged number is interesting in a Radiohead sort-of-way, but not compelling. I find myself skipping these tracks. They don't really fit in, and they come across as the band's attempt to just throw in something a bit different without regard to a coherant whole. Granted, Zao can and do sound good even when they are not quite firing on all cylinders-at least they do everything with *extreme* conviction. Also, the final track is quite good ("We must put him down...") but is nowhere close to the intensity of "Simeon Simmons." I guess that track spoiled me.
It's not so much that some of the tracks lack the trademark Zao power as it is that the song writing itself seems less inspired. I found few of the riffs to be memorable, which, up to this point has been a given with every ZAO album. I like the broadening stylistically into the more melodic realm (thus I take issue with another reviewer who talks of this disc getting back to the WBAFMR era-this disc is more straight-forward, not fractured like WBAFMR and is stylistically the furthest departure from WBAFBR in the bands catalogue), but the ambient portions seem to fall flat with my ears. A good album with classic ZAO occasionally shining thru, but nothing approaching spectacular.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An album to haunt your dreams. October 15, 2002
By A.
Format:Audio CD
Parade of Chaos may not be my favorite Zao album (see Liberate te Ex Infernis) , but it scores strongly on all the points the matter. While some of the softer vocals, and even accoustic parts are suprising given Zao's agressive sound, they have always been experimental with their style, something that has helped them stand out from the other hardcore/metal bands. These softer points, make the rest of the album seem even harder while lending the effort a mournfuly beautiful effect.
The lyrics are outstounding, haunting, and full of true and unforced sentiment. The guitars verge more on metal, with some hardcore riffs, and Dan's vocal's are unrivaled in raw power and intensity.
The Buzzing starts the cd of with a bang and never relents, a tune that if played live could singularly move an entire crowd into action. Sunspend/Suspension is another great track, the distortion adding an eeire quality to the already poignant lyrics. In Angel Without Wings, some of the softer vocals come into play, creating a point of interest in what would have been otherwise a mediocre song. In Free the Three, the lyrics are brilliant, an entire part is simply spoken explaining the song in more depth. Man in the Womb is an entirely accoustic piece with beautifully sung vocals. How Are the Weak Free ends the album perfectly, offering raw power tempered with the almost chanted vocals.
In whole listening to Parade of Chaos all the way through is like reading a very satisfying book, all the pieces fit perfectly in their own places, and the end result is a feeling of balance without sacrificing any of their raw intesity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting June 20, 2005
By Kathy
Format:Audio CD
I listened to Parade of Chaos when I was at a party 2 years ago. A guy who had just met me that night put in this cd and played Angel Without Wings. Surprisingly I was so excited about this song and put it in the stereo for everyone at the party to hear it. The guy who gave me a burned copy of the cd later on, became my boyfriend and got me into all of this metal phased music. Angel Without Wings has a great blend of screaming and singing that make it a song to remember. I really dont have any right to say that I am in love with this cd since I only like about 2 songs on the whole thing, and they are both soft and non-screaming, ironically not surprising for me.

I recommend listening to this song no matter what type of music you're already involved in. It's not trying to change your personality, just your perspective that all screaming bands aren't bad.

God Bless
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Their least appreciated work
This album is an excellent example of the range and diversity of Zao while also being possibly the least popular record in their catalog. Read more
Published on January 1, 2010 by B. Brenner
5.0 out of 5 stars ilovaparade
what can I say but brutal brutal brutal I mean it is zao after all
Published on June 22, 2009 by M. salmin
5.0 out of 5 stars Doing something different
Parade of Chaos took an endeavor into the technical world. This was the first of Zao's albums where the drummer played the whole album on an electronic drum set. Read more
Published on July 22, 2006 by I Lay Sleepless in My Grave
5.0 out of 5 stars Metal to stretch your musical mind...
Zao have been around for years going through lineup changes that make Spinal Tap look like U2. But the honest truth of the matter is that Parade of Chaos, from a "evolution of the... Read more
Published on October 31, 2005 by N. Pierce
5.0 out of 5 stars Parade of FUN
What can i say this cd is awsome. If you are a serious metal fan buy this cd its worth every cent. i have been a zao fan for a long time now and their music keeps getting better... Read more
Published on September 5, 2005 by C-DAN
5.0 out of 5 stars And Its Good!
Ok its pretty clear ZAO knows how to make good and extremely good albums. This one falls in between those two. Read more
Published on August 11, 2005 by Metal Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece!
Zao is one of those bands you can't really put into a category, its metal of course, but the way they play thier music is unique. I have been listening to them for about 2 years. Read more
Published on June 20, 2005 by M.W.
5.0 out of 5 stars they are awesome
All right you other guys I dont care what you goths think about them since they are christians, go ahead and disslike the lyrics. Read more
Published on September 23, 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars I can't stand this album...
Do not get me wrong here ok ? I do love zao's music and always has been into their sound. I own basically, every zao album even songs that some ppl don't even knew zao had... Read more
Published on July 28, 2004 by Hatredofgod
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Album? Of course not!
Ok reviewers, especially baby goth or whoever, this is ZAO we're talking about. They have NEVER been hardcore, ever. Have you ever been to any kind of concert? Ever? Read more
Published on May 26, 2004 by Joseph Taylor
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