Zeal & Ardor Deepens Blues with Grinding Metal Devil Is Fine

Zeal & Ardor Deepens Blues with Grinding Metal Devil Is Fine

Zeal & Ardor Deepens Blues
with Grinding Metal Devil Is Fine

 

Often the word contemporary is used when in reality it is a variation on a theme. Zeal & Ardor, the concept of Manuel Gagneux is cutting edge contemporary. The short tracks that grind and disturb and at the time the electronic version of the slaves anguished field holler and clapping making compelling listening.  Manuel describes the music as Metal Blues. It is so much more.  Keeping the power of the lyrics to unfold a story, snap-shot into a harsh world told as if we are enveloped within a spiritual outpouring of a chain gang; with a backdrop of electronica and the grind of metal.

This debut album definitely challenges many conceptions of what is the blues but at the heart of every track is the origins of the blues as Come On Down the fourth track personifies. It could be an early recording over-dubbed with modern instrumentation as the rock beats take over and a passion is raised.

The concept behind the album is imposed faith pulling together Norwegian and American slaves shared experiences of having Christianity imposed on them. The album is a clarion call for change, freedom of thought and belief that fits in the gap between ambient, blues and metal. Music that is modern and at the same moment harnessing the traditions of songs that have been chanted for aeons to remember shared history the terrible and the enlightening. On Children’s Summon the beat is fast, we could be in a club and then the vocals have the tonal power of a Gregorian Chant.

At times the jumping from melodic piano or xylophone and back to a satanic chant does not flow it feels as if it is rushed. That said this is an album breaking new ground exploring the mix of music with a freedom and without the stereotyping boundaries that the market places on modern music.

 

Without the foresight of mixing the styles and having the musical intent to bring a groundbreaking project to a recorded album. New music would never evolve. This is music that certainly gains attention for being brave and different.  We are back with the format that works best on Blood In The River with a chain gang chant as it collides with metal in an angry chant against the holy. Closing the album with the third part of Sacrilegium III we have ambient sound for the last two and a half minutes of a short album that experiments and makes you sit up and listen. Is this how Robert Johnson would have sung the blues if he had access to the range of technologies we have today to make music? The anger, pain and hurt of imposition and slavery is the DNA of Devil Is Fine.

Zeal & Ardor – Devil Is Fine –  MVKA
Release Date 24th Feb

SEVEN pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Devil is Fine
  2. In Ashes
  3. Sacrilegium I
  4. Come On Down
  5. Children’s Summon
  6. Sacrilegium II
  7. Blood In the River
  8. What Is A Killer Like You Gonna Do Here
  9. Sacrilegium III

Zeal & Ardor Deepens Blues with Grinding Metal Devil Is Fine

ZEAL & ARDOR New Album and Arresting Video

ZEAL & ARDOR New Album and Arresting Video

 

 

ZEAL & ARDOR New Album and Arresting Video 

 

Zeal & Ardor have offered the first visual from new album ‘Devil Is Fine’, out February 24, 2017. The video for the title track “Devil Is Fine” premiered via Noisey in the USA, UK, and across Europe.

ZEAL & ARDOR New Album and Arresting Video Title track Devil Is Fine grinding darkest blue against solid metal genre mishmash that intrigues. Alternative Blues drench in today’s reality.

Zeal & Ardor have been generating significant buzz online for the past year – it’s growing louder by the day. With accolades piling up from the aforementioned Noisey, Rolling Stone, and Alternative Press, the project is poised to grab further global attention in 2017 with the UK/European release of the album and extensive touring, including a debut show in London in April. Gagneux comments, “Devil Is Fine was not created thinking that this many would ever hear it. There is no stylistic compromise or pandering on it. Only things I personally like.”

‘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?

 

 

Zeal & Ardour With Tour Dates and Album plans

Zeal & Ardour With Tour Dates and Album plansZEAL & ARDOR SIGN TO MVKA

SINGLE AND ALBUM RELEASE PLANS ANNOUNCED

LIVE SHOWS IN APRIL 2017

 
 
Zeal & Ardour With Tour Dates and Album plansThe forthcoming album ‘Devil Is Fine’ – set for release February 24, 2017 –  thematically revolves around more typical black metal fare – rituals, human sacrifice, fire, and blood. Zeal & Ardor take the blaspheme up a notch by delivering the lyrics in the fashion of slave spirituals sung by chain gangs. Black metal from the cotton fields.

Zeal & Ardor is the one-man brainchild of Swiss-American musician Manuel Gagneux. 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?

Zeal & Ardour With Tour Dates and Album plans The double first single, which includes album title track ‘Devil Is Fine’ and ‘Children’s Summon’, is set for release in Europe on November 11.  Pre-orders for the ‘Devil Is Fine’ album, described by Noisey as “one of the year’s most intriguing”, launch the same day.
Having listened to the single’s first side Devil Is Fine, not once, twice or three times it has left me a mixture of excited, intrigued and confused. This is not  Blues  simply revisited and rewritten it has been re-imagined as to what the voices of slaves would sound like today.  The sound is a mash-up as the essence of blues meets metal and gospel colliding with electronica. The beat is pagan, the chains clang with painful memories and the  music is totally dark and modern as the holler of the chain gang rings loud and clear. The pain is deep with the vocals full of open pain and anguish. This is a loud message that will gain attention across the genres of music.  The genre is mixed and has been garnering attention online since April 2016 belongs to Zeal & Ardor.
Gagneux comments, “Devil Is Fine was not created thinking that this many would ever hear it. There is no stylistic compromise or pandering on it. Only things I personally like.”

Zeal & Ardor intend to bring the live experience to Europe in Spring 2017. When asked earlier this year by toiletovhell  about performing live, Gagneux commented, “I’d really like it to be somewhere between a concert and a seriously f*cked up play. Not just something people haven’t heard before, but something people have never seen before, leaving them frightened, weak, and loving it. That is the thing I’m currently striving for.” The following dates are now on sale:

14.04.2017 – CH – Basel, Czar Fest

19.04.2017 – FR – Paris, Backstage By The Mill

20.04.2017 – UK – London, Underworld

21.04.2017 – NL – Tilburg, Roadburn Festival

22.04.2017 – DE – Berlin, Urban Spree

24.04.2017 – CZ – Prague, Roxy

25.04.2017 – PL – Warsaw, Hydrozagadka

26.04.2017 – GR – Athens, Kyttaro

03.05.2017 – IT – Milano, Lo Fi Club

04.05.2017 – CH – Geneva, Usine