Self-Titled (Zao album)

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Studio album by Zao
Released February 27, 2001
Recorded September 10–23, 2000
Studio Poynters Palace, Little Rock, Arkansas
Genre Metalcore
Length 36:08
Label Solid State/Tooth & Nail/EMI
Producer Barry Poynter
Zao chronology
Liberate Te Ex Inferis
Parade of Chaos
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Decapolisnot rated[2]
Jesus Freak Hideout3.5/5 stars[3]

(Self-Titled) is the fifth full-length album by metalcore band Zao, released on February 21, 2001 by Solid State/Tooth & Nail/EMI. This album saw the departure of guitarist Russ Cogdell. The entire album was written in the recording studio by Scott and Jesse. Dan would be sent the tracks to write lyrics and then recorded them. The band famously broke up on stage (in Pennsylvania, Sept 2001) touring this album.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Daniel Weyandt; all music composed by Scott Mellinger and Jesse Smith.

1."5 Year Winter"2:28
2."Alive Is Dead"2:45
3."A Tool to Scream"4:10
5."Trashcanhands (Keyboard Cowards)"3:37
6."The Race of Standing Still"5:07
8."The End of His World"3:09
9."The Dreams That Don't Come True"5:59
10."At Zero (Simeon Simmons)"3:38


  • Daniel Weyandt - vocals, percussion
  • Scott Mellinger - composer, guitar, bass, percussion, producer
  • Jesse Smith - drums, acoustic guitar, clean vocals, composer, bass guitar, keyboards, percussion, producer, programming
  • Rob Horner - bass
  • Russ Cogdell - composer
  • Brian Gardner - mastering
  • David Johnson - photography
  • Jason Magnusson - engineer
  • Barry Poynter - engineer, bass


Chart (2001) Peak
Billboard Top Christian Albums[5] 30


  1. ^ Self-Titled at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Decapolis review". Archived from the original on November 1, 2001. Retrieved 2018-01-07.
  3. ^ Powless, Steven (October 19, 2011). "Zao, "(Self-Titled)" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  4. ^ "Future of Zao Uncertain?". Punk News. December 27, 2001. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  5. ^ "Zao Chart History: Top Christian Albums". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved June 11, 2018.