Zao disappeared between their 2009 album Awake? and their 2016 comeback album The Well-Intentioned Virus, and promised fans they'd be way better about releasing new material in the future. This promise has held up. Zao released a new EP called Pyrrhic Victory in 2017 and a split with Yashira this year, and they're not quite done yet. Zao has now announced a new EP called Decoding Transmissions From The Möbius Strip to be out either late 2018 or early 2019, as well as their progress on a new full-length due out hopefully 2019.
The band also addresses the vinyl reissue disaster of their 2004 album Funeral of God.
1) We are expecting the Yashira split to show up relatively soon and all copies will go out immediately. There are still a few red and blue copies hanging in there but not many.
2) Last we heard Tragic Hero records is trying desperately to get at the VERY least the copies of Funeral of God that have been pre-ordered manufactured and sent out as soon as possible. We would not expect this to happen within 2018. This release has essentially been out of our hands since we handed over the new masters and our art instructions. Aside from that we had nothing to do with the pre-orders nor can we personally reach out to the buyers as we do not have this info and everything went through Tragic Hero. We are massively sorry. Never again.
3) We will have a new 7 inch out (featuring 2 new songs that will be exclusive to this release – and like the track from the Yashira split will NOT be on our next album) probably at the tail end of 2018 or very early 2019. It is called Decoding Transmissions From The Möbius Strip. Two variants. approx 400 of each. No pre-orders on this. After this year's pre-order fiasco it will be an immediate shipping once we put it up.
4) Scott is heading into the studio this week to finish up guitars for our new album. we are hoping for a 2019 release for this.
Just expect us to be talking about Zao every single year from now until forever.