ZAO: “Xenophobe” b/w “Fear Itself”: 7”

This is the first new material from this five-piece metal act in six years and if this is any indication of the material they are working on for their next album, it is going to be pretty great. “Xenophobe” is the better song of the two, reminiscent of The Dillinger Escape Plan in its frenetic bursts that draw back into a more mesmerizing sonic journey. “Fear Itself” isn’t bad—it is more of a doomy, trudging number, more similar to what the band would’ve done in the past. Overall, this isn’t a bad offering. I’m looking forward to seeing what the full-length sounds like.

 –kurt (Self-released, officialzao.bandcamp.com)