Post-Instrumental Group ZAIUS Streams Ethereal New Track “Sheepdog”

New Album, Of Adoration, out October 6, 2017 via Prosthetic Records 
Chicago-based post-instrumental group ZAIUS will release their debut LP, Of Adoration, via Prosthetic Records on October 6, 2017. Shortly after dropping their first new track, “Phaneron”, two weeks ago, ZAIUS are back with a second new track – the ethereal, dynamic “Sheepdog”.Take a listen now, exclusively via Heavy Blog Is Heavy
Guitarist Ian McConnell says, “‘Sheepdog’ was a random working title that wouldn’t go away for whatever reason, so we stuck with it. In retrospect, it’s meaning, “a protector”, has a lot to do with the vibe of the song and record as a whole so maybe it was a subconscious thing all along.”

Of Adoration was tracked at the start of 2017 with Jeff Edwards before being sent off to be mixed and mastered by Chris Common (Pelican, Mouth of the Architect, Minus the Bear). The record features eight tracks that peaks and valleys its way through over 40 minutes of music. Pre-orders are available here:
Of Adoration track listing:
  1. Phaneron
  2. Echelon
  3. Reformer
  4. Sheepdog
  5. Magnolia
  6. Seirenes
  7. 7Anicca
  8. Colin
Formed in 2010, ZAIUS explores a lighter, more melodic side of the members’ musical tastes without abandoning the metal tendencies that come natural to them. ZAIUS first arrive on the scene withAll Your Friends Are Dead, the band’s 2011 debut EP, which showcased a fine mix of dense and morose guitar playing. 2013’s Divided By Tides EP came next and pushed things further, adding in soaring melodies. The album was met with glistening reviews, with MetalSucks proclaiming, “the world needs more instru-metal bands like ZAIUS, who steer completely clear of djent while still managing to bring the groove (via Maserati), atmospherics (via Constants, If These Trees Could Talk, etc) and the heavy (via Scale the Summit). Bomb.
Illustrations for the album were created by Marald Van Haasteren (Baroness, Kylesa) whose style is as colorful and alive as these tracks were meant to be.
10/03 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean Downstairs (w/ Set and Setting)
10/20 Madison, WI @ The Frequency
10/22 Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar (w/ Outrun the Sun)
11/03 Chicago, IL @ The Burlington (w/ Huntsmen)
Jeremy Bellen – Bass
Dann Dolce – Guitar
Mike Imbordino – Drums
Ian McConnell – Guitar
ZAIUS online:

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