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The Funeral of God

ZaoAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 13, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ferret Records
  • ASIN: B0002IQ9SW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
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1. Breath Of The Black Muse
2. The Rising End (The First Prophecy)
3. The Last Revelation (The Last Prophecy)
4. The Last Song From Zion
5. Live... From The Funeral Of God
6. The Lesser Lights Of Heaven
7. In Times Gone Past
8. Praise The War Machine
9. Truly, Truly, This Is The End
10. I Lay Sleepless In My Grave
11. Psalm of the City of the Dead

Editorial Reviews

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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zao Amazes Me With A Beautiful Story January 8, 2005
Format:Audio CD
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Christian metal November 12, 2004
Format:Audio CD
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'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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More melody, less intensity July 9, 2005
By Rhynn
Format:Audio CD
this album falls in between everything Zao has done, in my opinion. the music is not as brutally heavy or intense as, say, a fall farewell...there is more attention paid to the melody of the guitars. There is also a lot of dynamic fluctuation drum-wise, and this is a *very* good thing.

The biggest surprise for me was the bass playing on the album. It's raw, it's heavy, it's's perfect. It was a *huge* surprise.

This is a very strong album, but I'm very stingy with 5 star ratings and I don't believe this album is perfect or a classic.

It is, however, worth the price to anyone looking for the most brutal vocalist in the business and very solid, very intense hardcore.

(note: there's a mild juliana theory feel to some of the tracks...I count it as a positive, but some of you may not)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "LIVE...from the Funeral of God" October 14, 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars no God=game over world
Zao is the king of oldschool metalcore/oldschool christian hardcore. and severely underrated might i add. zao is not trying to say that God is dead. Read more
Published 1 month ago by marquis
5.0 out of 5 stars Zao's catchy CD
I recommend this for any Zao fan. It is catchier than their other CDs, not quite as heavy, but nowhere near as soft as Parade Of Chaos. Go get it!
Published 11 months ago by Brandon C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Zao
Not much to say. It's a great cd and it's defiantly like other Zao. It seems a bit like the band grew up a little and experiments a bit more with slower sections but they still... Read more
Published 15 months ago by adam k phillipps
4.0 out of 5 stars Good metalcore
To the unknowledgeable listener, Greensburg, Pennsylvania's Zao may come across sounding like your average, run-of-the-mill Johnny-come-lately on their seventh full-length record,... Read more
Published 21 months ago by A. Stutheit
5.0 out of 5 stars The album by which all other metalcore albums should be judged
This is, to put it simply, the greatest record ever made in it's genre. Every metalcore, deathcore, hardcore and death metal band should be taking notes from Zao. Read more
Published on January 1, 2010 by B. Brenner
4.0 out of 5 stars I am a zao fan !!!!
Zao is hard to understand but so what these guys make killswitch engage who they are. This cd like most of the songs on here loud riffs on here. Read more
Published on July 21, 2008 by Rock 27 !!!!!!!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Just to Clear Something Up..
From the band's myspace profile.

"Q: Are you a Christian band?

A: Not in the sense that you are probably thinking. Read more
Published on August 26, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Zao does it again
What a great album by Zao! They've done it again. This band is awesome! Great concept album with good lyrics even though they're dark. Read more
Published on July 22, 2006 by I Lay Sleepless in My Grave
5.0 out of 5 stars Metal the Way it was Meant to be!
This newer album by Zao is completly amazing. I agree with "Stilius xer "xer 21"" when he is talking about the lyrics of Praise the War Machine, which, in my opinion is the best... Read more
Published on June 18, 2006 by TrueMetal
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!
I've been a long time ZAO fan and this is an amazing concept album. Zao one of the oldest christian hardcore band and one of the best!
Published on April 14, 2006 by yuyumetal
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