Zeal & Ardor's debut LP will be released on February 24, and will include all the tracks from the initial EP release in 2016 with some extras. The project was initially just Swiss musician Manuel Gagneux, though now he's got a full band behind him and took to Lausanne, Switzerland’s Couleur 3 studio to show it off… and it's awesome.
So what the hell is Zeal & Ardor all about? According to a press release, alternate history.
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?
"Devil Is Fine" seems like an odd choice to show off the black metal aspect of the project, since there's not a ton of it in the track, but it's still damn cool.
[via Metal Insider]