Zao is a metalcore band from Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and one of the metalcore groups that rose in popularity at the end of the 90's. Founded in 1993 in Parkersburg, West Virginia, Zao has hosted several musicians and endured numerous roster changes to the point where no original members remain. Former drummer Jesse Smith, singer Daniel Weyandt, and guitarists Scott Mellinger and Russ Cogdell are seen by most fans as the "core" of Zao.
Christianity has been a key influence in the band's work; because the founding members claimed to have a strong relationship with god, they were considered a devoted Christian band, which changed as time passed. Former drummer Jesse Smith slowly changed the band's vision. Because only half the band's members identified themselves as Christians, Zao no longer considered itself a Christian band but rather a group of open-minded artists.
To date, Zao has completed ten full-length albums, three EPs, a two-disc DVD documentary and multiple concert tours, garnering a limited but global fanbase and earning critical praise in the process.
Roy Goudy - Guitar (1993-1997)
Jesse Smith - Drums (1993-2004)
Eric Reeder - Vocals (1994-1995)
Mic Cox - Bass (1994-1997)
Shawn Jonas - vocals (1995-1997)
Kevin Moran - Touring Bassist (1997)
Ron Gray - Guitar (1997-1998)
Brett Detar - Guitar (1997-1999)
Rob Horner - Bass (1999-2004)
Corey Darst - Touring Vocalist (2000-2001)
Matt Auxier - Touring Guitarist (2001-2002)
Joshua Ashworth - Touring Vocalist (2003-2004)
Shawn Koschik - Bass (2004-2005)
Stephen Peck - Drums (2004-2005)
Russ Cogdell - Guitar (1997-2006) (Left due to knee surgery, but joined the lineup again in 2007)
Brett Detar, Shawn Jonas, Russ Cogdell, Daniel Weyandt, Rob Horner, Scott Mellinger, Cory Darst, Roy Goudy, Mic Cox, Shawn Koschik, Joshua Ashworth, Jeff Gretz, Marty Lunn, Jesse Smith