Zeal & Ardor

The band “Zeal & Ardor”, a masterful fusion of black metal and the blues, has recently received extensive attention following the release of their debut album last year, Devil is Fine; my main regret is that I did not come across it earlier. This fusion of genres, one which seems entirely without precedent, surprisingly works quite well: according to the band’s leader and vocalist, Manuel Gagneux, a leftist in his own terms, this is due to the roots of rebellion in both genres, as well as the complex and antagonistic relationship to Christianity, which was, in his words “forced upon both the Norwegians and the American slaves”.

I enthusiastically await another release

 

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