Pyrrhic Victory

by Zao

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Blake Jones Great album as always! <3 So glad to have the CD!
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flightoficarus (Metal Trenches) Even better than the last LP, which is saying quite a bit. Even if you never got into Zao back in the day, they are giving us plenty of reasons to hop on the bandwagon. I'm even digging the vocal surprises and stoner rock influences on "Clawing, Clawing, Never Cutting Through." And "Feed It Pain" is just a f#%king ripper. If you're always down like me for metalcore/mathcore revival acts, you should definitely check this out.
- MetalTrenches.com Favorite track: Feed It Pain.
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Babycat You really brought it back with this EP! I loved it and I am so excited to hear more from you guys. Keep killing it! Favorite track: Clawing, Clawing, Never Cutting Through.
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released November 3, 2017

Zao:
Dan Weyandt
Scott Mellinger
Russ Cogdell
Martin Lunn
Jeff Gretz

Recorded and mixed by Dave Hidek at Treelady Studios and The Church Recording Studio (Pittsburgh, PA)
Mastered by Garrett Haines at Treelady Mastering (Pittsburgh, PA)
Illustrations by Matt Kerley
Layout by Ben Buckner

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Track Name: Drifting Shadows In Walking Dreams
I cannot disjoin the lucid from the unsystematic cognitions
I lie trapped outside, forced to spectate my very own existence
And somehow at the same time locked inside and intertwined
Pieces that will not fit together

Forced into place they bow then break

Spiraling waves of confusion
Purity and pollution
Clarity and delusion
Interaction and seclusion

Hunted like a witch by the tireless hounds of a faceless parasite
The cold sour moon gives up its seat to the suffocating sunlight
I try not to breathe as I hide beneath the bleeding, crawling ground
I can smell their breath, I can feel their eyes, I am so close to being found
Pieces that will not fit together

It was dark when I fell apart
I walk in between what is real and what is a dream
It was dark when I fell apart
Track Name: Gifts Of Flowers And Stone
Through doorways of blood, from dimensions unknown
Come hands holding gifts of flowers and stone
Dualistic mirrors
Self-reflecting

It completes the circle, I glimpse at the code
I learn from the hands holding flowers and stone

They wore the sun as their burning halo
Adorned in garments of the calm blue sky

Beyond creation
Above destruction

Until their arrival, I wondered alone
My fate drawn by hands holding flowers and stone
Dualistic mirrors
Self-dissecting

Repeat the cycle, rebuild the bone
Reunite with the hands holding flowers and stone

Flowers and blood
Stone and flesh
Flesh and blood
Flesh and blood
Track Name: Clawing, Clawing, Never Cutting Through
You exist, dead star vacuum
Dismembered progress
Subliminal public display

You insist, it reawakens
A phantom floats behind you
Its breath falls cold on your neck

You can never bring it here
You can never will yourself back
The harder that you try
The more your mind will crack

You enlist, raw nerve rotting
Control the herd
Through light, image and word

You resist, tasked to suffer
Self-made martyr
Drunk on tears of sympathy

You can never bring it here
You can never will yourself back
The harder that you try
The worse your mind will crack

Kick against the pricks
Reach into the past
Through the thorns and glass
Grasp onto the nothingness

You dismiss the systematic
Deny your evolution
While acting like an animal

You are the hands of Mammon
Shape-shifting mask builders from planes of sterile trust
Non-phototactic spoon-fed narcissists that keep clawing
(never cutting through)
Track Name: The Host Has Bared Its Teeth
Upon the earth, the great hound
We have become just as fleas
And when she tires of our bites
She’ll shake us off with ease

Split the atom, raise the seas
Unstoppable Omega disease

Her sky will crack
When the sun turns black
Forcing our species to collapse
As the final curtain pulls back

And what differs is woven in between
Our kind’s wrongs and our kind’s rights
Is the same that exists
Between the day and between the night

Her sky will crack
When the sun turns black
Forcing our species to collapse
As the final curtain pulls back

The curtain pulls back

We shall drift into the black
Our light is trapped, there’s no turning back

The ghost crawls up from the basement
The ghost it weeps for the whole world
Track Name: Feed It Pain
Bring it to life so it may suffer
Make it alive and feed it pain

Feed it pain

Innocence dreams beneath the rubble

Bring it to life so it may suffer
Make it alive and feed it pain
If it gets back on its feet
Then we’ll cut it down again

Innocence breathes below the waves

Give it eyes to see the horrors
Give it ears to hear the hate
Give it a voice to beg for mercy
Give it hands that tremble and shake

Once it arrives
Abandon your fight
Abandon the light
Cast it down

Bring it to life so it may suffer
Make it alive and feed it pain
If it gets back on its feet
Then we’ll cut it down again

Innocence warmed within napalm fire

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