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The Funeral of God CD

4.6 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews

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Merely a small handful of bands - Coalesce, Deadguy, Converge - have left a mark on the underground scene as vital, as potent & as completely authentic as Zao. The band embodies a heartbroken yet desperately optimistic perspective that could only have been shaped in the deep inner entrails of the American Northeast, delivered with all the subtlety of a massive head trauma, the complexity of the human eye, & the passion of a poet's soul. A new rhythm section reunited with the original singer & songwriters brings the epic, 'The Funeral Of God', a dark trek to the end of the world & beyond.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 13, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ferret Records
  • ASIN: B0002IQ9SW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,787 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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What if God got sick of us not listening to him and decided to leave? What would happen? Would Armageddon finally come? Well, that's the question posed from "The Funeral Of God", The newest release from Zao, a band coming at you for ages it seems. Zao shows us the terrors of a life without God and with evil humans ruling. I believe that this is one of the best albums I've heard in a while. "And when the end she comes, rains down on everyone, fire from the sky" is a great line from "The Rising End (The First Prophecy)", but my favorite line has to be from the exact same song "Bombs rain down like heaven's tear, the earth shall die and dissapear." This fortells a story of death and mayhem. I urge anyone that is a Christian to pick this up. Now for the musical side of it. Zao is great. The guitar work of Scott Mellinger and Russ Codgell is absolutely insane. Stephen Peck and Shawn Koschik round out the rhythm section with Dan Weyandt doing vocals. On "Psalm Of the City Of The Dead", Josh Momper plays a chaotic piano rhythm, adding to the beautiful mayhem and destructive feeling of the whole piece. Songs like "Breath of the Black Muse" and "Truly, Truly, This is The End" tell the story wonderfully. Please, any metalhead that appriciates good music should have this in their collection.

Favorite Song: "Psalm Of The City Of The Dead"

Reason Why: The song gives off a feeling of letdown and pain as the people of earth finally realize what they have done and regret it and beg for forgiveness. The piano line from Josh Momper and the multi-layered vocals of Sara George give the song a haunting, lilting feeling. Simplicity is the key in this song with the only lyrics being "As we wait for a sign we are greeted by the end of time, these streets aren't paved with gold, you're my everything, my soul is growing cold."
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I know, I know. My parents keep telling me, "Stop listening to that devil music!" then I'm like, "IT'S NOT DEVIL MUSIC. THESE GUYS ARE CHRISTIANS!" Of course, they don't believe me, but anyway...This is an awesome album full of "make you think" lyrics (if you can understand them. I know I can't) and good, classic metal. Since I'm a drummer, I love the drumming for this. The double bass is not used too much or too little, which is great. The guitars are excellent and the bass is especially slappy, which is something you don't hear very often any more. Here are the ratings song by song:

1) Breathing of the Black Muse - 9/10. Good overall music. I especially like the part at the end.

2) The Rising End (The First Prophecy) - 10/10. This is one of my favorite songs on the CD for its quick double bass and interesting guitar riffs.

3) The Last Revelation (The Last Prophecy) - 9/10. A little repetive, but overall good.

4) The Last Song From Zion - 9/10. Good guitar riffs make this one a good one.

5) Live...From the Funeral of God - 7/10. Probably my least favorite on the CD. It's still decent though.

6) The Lesser Lights of Heaven - 8/10. Meh...

7) In Times Gone Past - 9/10. Very fast double bass make this a winner (for me). Good, freaky quality in the middle too.

8) Praise the War Machine - 10/10. Another one of my favorites. I especially like the 666 part (not for that reason).

9) Truly Truly This is the End - 10/10. Another favorite. I love the part where it's just the drums and the guy whispering in the background...it's cool.

10) I Lay Sleepless in my Grave - 9/10. Short, but good.

11) Psalm of the City of the Dead - 10/10. Definitely my favorite song on the CD. I absolutely love this song, ESPECIALLY the part with the choir in the middle. It's very peaceful and comforting.
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First I want to say flat out, Mind Your Own Business, to those dork faces who think ,metal needs to be satanic. Satanism is not a religion, it's nothing but exploitation. If you want to make a religion, don't just steal the beliefs of others and then invert them. I do listen to some satanic bands like MErcyful Fate and Dimmu Borgir and you can tell that its really just a front, even comical (especially with MErcyful Fate). What i'm sort of saying is, the band can play music about whatever they want and people should respect them for that. If you don't like it, don't listen to it and keep your mouth shut if you can't say anything non-derogatory about it!

On to the album then! Liberate te Ex Inferis/Save Yourself From Hell is my favourite Zao album, but this one is moving up on it pretty fast. I love it! It's a semi-conceptual album about what would happen if God turned his back on humanity. It's a really interesting story and a lot of really good songs. I don't think Zao is "selling out" by using clean vocals. Seriously, how many times I have you heard their songs on MTV or a car commercial, or the radio (excluding college of course). Never! But they should! This agressive hardcore metal is filled with lots of melencholic sorrow. If you like something hard and heavy that may make you think, get this. IF not, go listen to something else and not complain about what you don't understand.
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Zao has done it again. First I would like to admit that the cd that got me started with Zao was self-titled, and although it sounds nothing like any other cd I still LOVE 5 Year Winter and the Race of Standing Still. Liberate Ex Inferis is without a doubt my favorite cd, though (and I own every cd that has Dan Weyandt as lead singer. This cd is more comparable to that cd, but is still much different. I went to the Columbus, OH show 7/11 (2 days before Funeral was released) and was blown away by the song Praise the War Machine. This cd would be in the top 3 or 4 cds in Zao's history, and I'm sure that War Machine and Lesser Lights of Heaven will soon be regulars at shows right along with Fall Farewell, Savanah, Skin Like Winter, 5 Year Winter, and race of Standing Still.
Very unique sound, heavy but much less chaotic (more vs. chorus vs. chorus bridge arrangment)
Very good mix and production.
Drummer actually doesn't do a bad job at filling Jesse Smiths shoes!
Nice to hear Russ on a record again
P.S. If you haven't seen this band play live you have done yourself an injustice.
Check out As I Lay Dying (they have awesome breakdowns, killer guitar licks, and a vocalist that is the closest thing to Zao that I have heard thus far.
Peace
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