The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here

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The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here
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Studio album by Zao
Released June 12, 2006
Genre Metalcore
Length 37:52
Label Ferret
Producer Steve Albini
Zao chronology
The Funeral of God
The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1] 3.5/5 stars[2]
Kerrang! 5/5 stars 4/5 stars[3]
Relevant Magazine (not rated)[4] 3.5/5 stars[5]

The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here is the eighth full-length album by metalcore band Zao. It was released on June 13, 2006 on Ferret Records in the US and on June 12, 2006 in Europe. The album showcases the addition of drummer Jeff Gretz and bassist Martin Lunn. In interviews Gretz jokingly claimed it would be titled "The George Lucas Neckfat".[6][7]

Album note[edit]

The album was released in two versions. The limited edition deluxe edition contains expanded artwork and a bonus "making the album" DVD. Both versions contain the same music. Some pre-ordered copies of the album came with a separate sheet of paper with easier-to-read lyrics for each song.


There is no strict concept to the album, as on The Funeral of God. The album deals with more obscure/varied subject matter. Topics throughout the album include death and loss of everything you have ("Everything You Love Will Soon Fly Away"), politics ("American Sheets on the Deathbed", "Kingdom of Thieves"), frustration with false interpretations of the band's purpose ("It's Hard Not to Shake with a Gun in Your Mouth"), that we can't do it all alone ("Physician Heal Thyself"), American priorities ("Pudgy Young Blondes with Lobotomy Eyes") and zombies ("My Love, My Love (We've Come Back From the Dead)"). The band says the underlying theme is "loss of control."


It's been called the most abrasive Zao record to date. Steve Albini's live to analog-tape production (with no computer "fixing") and the band's decision to track all of the drums, bass and guitar live lends an accurate representation of the band's live sound. Dan Weyandt's vocals are given the same treatment as he sang with a hand-held microphone through an amplifier to simulate an over-driven P.A. at a small club show. Instead of adding the progressive elements that were introduced on the album The Funeral of God, it takes a somewhat raw, black metal-influenced sound.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Cancer Eater" – 2:39
  2. "Physician Heal Thyself" – 3:56
  3. "Everything You Love Will Soon Fly Away" – 3:07
  4. "It's Hard Not to Shake with a Gun in Your Mouth" – 3:53
  5. "Kingdom of Thieves" – 3:23
  6. "Killing Time 'Til it's Time to Die" – 3:02
  7. "There Is No Such Thing as Paranoia" – 3:06
  8. "Pudgy Young Blondes with Lobotomy Eyes" – 3:56
  9. "My Love, My Love (We've Come Back from the Dead)" – 2:48
  10. "American Sheets on the Deathbed" – 2:47
  11. "A Last Time for Everything" – 5:15
  12. "Black Coffee" - 4:20 (Japanese Edition)


  • Dan Weyandt - vocals
  • Scott Mellinger - guitar, vocals
  • Martin Lunn - bass, vocals
  • Jeff Gretz - drums
  • Steve Albini - recording engineer


  1. ^ The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here at AllMusic
  2. ^ Chad Bowar. "Zao - The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here". Entertainment. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
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  5. ^ "Zao". Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Zao set to record with Steve Albini (Nirvana, The Pixies, Neurosis, Helmet, Slint, F-Minus)". Retrieved 22 October 2015.