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Below is our complete Zeal And Ardor news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Zeal And Ardor Posts New Video

After releasing the "Devil Is Fine" album earlier this year, Zeal & Ardor just dropped a live video for "Blood in the River," which can be seen in the player below.

About the song, Z&A's Manuel Gagneux comments: "'Blood in the River' is partially about the Stono Rebellion and partially about self-liberation from religion. I quite like this song."

The band has also booked several tour dates in the U.S. this comming August. Catch the incredibly unique Zeal & Ardor experience live:

8/19 — Los Angeles— The Hi Hat
8/20 — Las Vegas — Psycho Vegas
8/22 — Chicago – The Beat Kitchen
8/23 — Brooklyn – St. Vitus More...

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Zeal & Ardor Announces U.S. Mini Tour

Zeal & Ardor just finally confirmed a set of U.S. tour dates, which should please eager fans who've been waiting, somewhat impatiently, for Manuel Gagneux and Z&A to make a stateside live debut.

About the tour, Gagneux said, "I am really excited to be bringing this show on the road and to be back in the U.S. soon!"

Zeal & Ardor, which was selected as Apple Music's New Artist of the Week earlier this month with the debut album "Devil Is Fine" (reviewed here) will perform in L.A., Las Vegas, Chicago, and New York in August.

8/19 — Los Angeles— The Hi Hat
8/20 — Las Vegas — Psycho Vegas
8/22 — Chicago – The Beat Kitchen
8/23 — Brooklyn – St. Vitus More...

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Zeal & Ardor Posts Full Album

Zeal & Ardor, the brainchild of Manuel Gagneux mixing multiple disparate genres such as black metal and blues, sprung up from the underground in 2016.

After an initial limited run self-release, the "Devil Is Fine" album is now being unleashed upon the world on a global scale of February 24th (read our review here).

With that release date nearly here, today the full album is online for pre-listening below. If you missed it, a new song not included on the album has also been released via a live video - check out "Don't You Dare" at this location. More...

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Zeal And Ardor Releases New Video

Zeal & Ardor, the brainchild of Manuel Gagneux that mixes black metal and blues with lyrics delivered in the fashion of chain gang slave spirituals, just premiered brand new song "Don't You Dare."

This marks the first time the song has ever been heard and it was performed live at Couleur 3 studio in Lausanne, Switzerland on January 18th, 2017. Check out the video below.

The song does not appear on "Devil Is Fine," Zeal & Ardor's debut album, which is due out globally on February 24, 2017 and reviewed here.

Gagneux told Noisey, "The idea of something so horrible that merely looking at it will end you is fascinating to me. 'Don't You Dare' thematically plays with biblical demons as well as Lovecraftian elements that lend themselves well to this idea. Since I wrote it after getting the band together, it's not on the album, but will be performed on the upcoming tour. I hope you enjoy watching as much as we enjoy playing it." More...

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Zeal & Ardor Performs "Devil Is Fine" Live

Zeal & Ardor just unveiled the haunting live version of the beautifully chilling title track from "Devil Is Fine," which will see a wide and global release on February 24th. This occasion also marks the band's first live appearance - check it out below.

"Let me introduce you to Marco on drums, Rafi playing the bass, Tizi wielding a guitar, and Marc and Denis singing," said Manuel Gagneux. "This was our first outing as a band. It's surreal to have your first gig in a swanky radio studio, but we're super happy with how things turned out. Hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed playing."

The performance was recorded live at Couleur 3 studio in Lausanne, Switzerland on January 18th, 2017. Want to hear more? Check out our overview of the band in this week's Unearthing The Metal Underground. More...

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Unearthing The Completely Unexpected Underground

The ascendancy of Nergal's new dark blues / country project Me And That Man got me thinking about all the utterly unexpected sounds that have come through my speakers in the years I've been writing here.

For every thrash rehash, modern metal copy and paste job, or a slew of utterly identical melodic post-hardcore emo bands, there's always some outfit hanging out just below the surface that no one has ever heard of - but is putting out awe-inspiring sounds.

Today we're going to focus on those groups that go way off the beaten path, offering a very different take on various sub-genres than what you'll hear from the average metal band. You aren't going to read about them on Rolling Stone, but these are the innovators pushing boundaries that deserve to thrive in the metal underground.

Zeal And Ardor

This one-man project creates something that is so incredibly obvious in hindsight but has barely been scratched by the scene as a whole: a collision of old African American spirituals with extreme metal. Reading that description for the first time, it seems like those two forces wouldn't be compatible, but just think about the connotations for a second.

Why did black metal arise in the Scandinavian scene in the first place, and why are the early days of the style so closely associated with church burnings? American slaves persecuted by Christianity have more in common with the pagans of European lore than you might think.

Imagine if those same slaves had access to guitars and decided to take their music in a more extreme direction. I'll let the project's Bandcamp description explain the rest:

Imagine this: Django sacrifices a goat on stage while intimidating slave chants roar and screeching guitar riffs burn in the background. Then the rhythmic chain rattling evoking a satanic summoning makes way for the eerily familiar melodies of Norwegian black metal.

Intrigued? While the album as a whole does have some down points and a lack of focus (a full review is coming), the tracks that stick to this collision of ideas are top-notch. Zeal & Ardor's "Devil Is Fine" is due to officially drop February 24th, 2017.

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Zeal & Ardor Streams "Come On Down"

Zeal & Ardor just shared the new song "Come On Down" - listen to the black metal blues track below. "Come On Down" comes off the album "Devil Is Fine," due out February 24th, 2017.

"Devil Is Fine" mixes a variety of genres, including black metal, blues, and more, while the lyrics are delivered in the fashion of slave spirituals sung by chain gangs.

Zeal & Ardor is the one-man brainchild of Manuel Gagneux, a Swiss-American formerly based in New York City. His approach draws on an alternate history and stems from two thoughts: Christianity was imposed upon American slaves, just as it was imposed in Norway, and black metal in the '90s grew as a rebellion to monotheism. What would have happened if American slaves had rebelled in the same way? Or put bluntly: What would satanic spirituals sound like?

1. Devil Is Fine 03:12
2. In Ashes 02:38
3. Sacrilegium I 01:54
4. Come On Down 03:19
5. Children's Summon 03:08
6. Sacrilegium II 02:11
7. Blood In The River 03:33
8. What is a Killer like you gonna do here? 02:15
9. Sacrilegium III 02:44 More...

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Zeal And Ardor Streaming "Devil Is Fine"

Slave music mixed with blues, a little jazz, electronics, and black metal and all that with a dark Satanic theme? Zeal And Ardor is a band that simply can't be compared with anyone else.

Zeal and Ardor is a project trying to find new combinations of established components. The most important factor is a thematic coherence, not a musical one. Check out the end result with "Devil Is Fine" below.

1. Devil Is Fine 03:12
2. In Ashes 02:38
3. Sacrilegium I 01:54
4. Come On Down 03:19
5. Children's Summon 03:08
6. Sacrilegium II 02:11
7. Blood In The River 03:33
8. What is a Killer like you gonna do here? 02:15
9. Sacrilegium III 02:44 More...

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