Mantooth Presents


Colombian Necktie, Seizures, Flying Scorpion, American Standards

Sat, June 24, 2017

7:00 pm


Zao's hometown of Greensburg, Pennsylvania isn't known for many things besides being in close proximity to the mall where George A. Romero filmed Dawn Of The Dead. And that isolation has allowed the band to steer clear of trends.

Zao's original incarnation formed in the mid-90s with evangelical zeal. When that version of the band fell apart, Zao as it would come to change the course of heavy music was born. Recently hailed by Alternative Press as "one of the most important albums of 1998, Where Blood and Fire Bring Rest took the conventions of hardcore and heavy metal and turned them upside down.

When Scott Mellinger joined Zao for the following year's Liberate te ex Inferis, it began a song-writing partnership with Weyandt that persists to this day. Self-Titled was written and recorded by Dan, Scott and Jesse Smith (the only remaining holdover from the pre-B&F days) and featured a vast amount of experimentation with electronics, dark soundscapes, and melodic interludes. "Five Year Winter" continues to be one of Zao's most popular songs in the live setting. The trio created Parade Of Chaos together as well, pushing the envelope even further.

Zao's first album for Ferret Music, The Funeral of God, was recorded as a five-piece with producer Eric Rachel (Atreyu, Every Time I Die). The album became Zao's biggest selling record and saw them receive their first airplay on MTV2 and Fuse and major press accolades.

After tours with bands like Bleeding Through and Dillinger Escape Plan, the band – now Dan, Scott, Marty Lunn (bass) and Jeff Gretz (drums) – recorded The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here with Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies, Neurosis) manning the reel-to-reel. Next they hit the road with In Flames, Trivium, Demon Hunter & Throwdown.

As of 2011, Dan, Scott, Russ, Marty and Jeff are currently working on the followup to 2009's Awake?
Colombian Necktie
From the beach town of Dana Point, California, south of LA, Seizures own their own brand of next-generation mathcore – dark, complex, adventurous. Born in the shadow of the elder Orange County scene (Adamantium, Throwdown, Eighteen Visions, that whole circle), Seizures are closer in spirit to bands like Rorschach and Coalesce – bands that pushed hardcore into other dimensions, that embraced complexity not as an exercise but as an exorcism. Standing on the shoulders of those giants, Seizures catapult the genre into outerspace, displaying an absolute freedom of musical ideas. Double album The Sanity Universal is a massive sonic experience, as vast as the starscape on its cover.

As American Aftermath's perfect 10/10 review described The Sanity Universal upon its original 2013 release, the sound encompasses "the grimy dissonance of Gaza, the frenetic riffing of Botch, and the uncontrollable structures of The Dillinger Escape Plan.
Flying Scorpion
Flying Scorpion
A crowd pleaser and engine starter since early 2011, Flying Scorpion consists of rhythm guitarist Alex Kling, lead guitarist PJ Coleman, bassist Chris Ruiz, drummer Charles Barth, and lead vocalist Chris Elliott. Each member carries an extensive local resume. Kling is a member of local rock staples like Slowpoke and Mourning Maxwell, while Coleman hails from former rock outfits Black Box Burning (Plane View) and The Pilot Episode (Archamedes). Both Kling and Coleman also play in the Smith Family Band, one of the valley's brightest stars. Barth also fronts his solo acoustic folk act Saddles, which Ruiz and Coleman often assist in fleshing out as a full band live. Ruiz and Barth were also components of the now-retired Black Hole Calcutta. Chris Elliott brings in the southern drawl, getting back to his roots while also keeping it brutal with one of AZ's finest death metal acts - Composer, Meet Corpse. Kling, the Scorpion patriarch, started writing and recording out of his own home in late 2010 – soon to be joined by Coleman, and eventually Barth, Ruiz, and after months and months of searching, Elliott came to complete the package.

So pack up the kids, bring your swimsuit, and get ready for an unforgettable evening with the guys. Just remember kids, scorpions can fly, and magic is real.
Venue Information:
The Nile Theater
105 W. Main Street
Mesa, AZ, 85201