Zao 2021

Metalcore forerunners Zao have revealed a visceral new video for “Transitions” from the band’s first full-length release in five years, The Crimson Corridor. Lyrically inspired by American writer Isaac Asimov and directed by Eric Livingston (Dead Cross, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk), “Transitions” grapples with the extreme unknown between life and death.

Drummer Jeff Gretz shares more about the band’s latest visual experience:

“We have been fans of Eric Livingston for a long time and were always looking for a reason to work with him. We sent him the song along with very vague descriptions of ‘Birth, Death, Decay, Nature, Agoraphobic Skies.’ He wrote us back within minutes and said, ‘Got it! Oh, and I think there will be claymation.’ What more could you ask for?”

The Crimson Corridor is Zao’s twelfth studio album and was released last Friday via the band’s own Observed/Observer Recordings.


The Undertaking 2021

Quite The Undertaking

Frenzied. Chaotic. Punk. The Undertaking!, San Diego's newest wild bunch, is about to release their debut album, and, if their live show is a premonition of any kind, the world will be opening up to one heck of a party with them. Contributing writer Andrew Voigt talks to vocalist Austin Visser about the band's new album, the reality of their music, and how they've been able to embrace their creative freedom.


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