Swiss firebrand alchemists Zeal & Ardor are excited to announce their forthcoming, self-titled new album, set for release February 11th, 2022, via MVKA.
Hissing and seeping justifiable rage from every pore – yet not an unrelenting musical battering – the 14-track opus was recorded by Marc Obrist and Manuel Gagneux at Hutch Sounds and mixed & mastered by Will Putney at Graphic Nature Audio. All songs were written and performed (except drums) by the softly spoken, multi-lingual frontman Gagneux, with some German lyrics intermixed with the English.
Gagneux declares, “With the self-titled record, we have arrived at where I imagined this project should sound like. It’s the longest we’ve worked on a single record and I believe it shows. The most important thing for an album of ours to do, is transport you instantly into our mood, our world. Even though this might not be the one you might expect from us, this record certainly delivers on that front. We had time to hone in to what we think makes us interesting and what sounds we would like to explore through this we have found our home.
Home is burning.
Zeal & Ardor mark the album’s launch today by also revealing the scathing, unflinching track ‘Bow’, featured on the eponymous record.
“‘Bow’ takes out established musical themes and places them into a completely different background,” opines Gagneux. “It’s an amalgam of things bestowing bad luck demanding you to join it.”
Earlier this summer, the avant-garde extremists shared the unsettling, sinister single/video ‘Run‘ and attention-demanding song, ‘Erase‘. Both tracks are also included on the new album, and will be instant grats, along with ‘Bow‘ and further pre-release singles, when fans pre-order.
‘Zeal & Ardor’ will be available in the following formats:
140g black vinyl
140g white vinyl (indie store exclusive)
180g 45rpm, double black vinyl, gatefold sleeve (deluxe)
The band return to the UK in May/June 2022, supporting Meshuggah. Tickets are on sale now for the following shows, including an unmissable night at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Thu 26th May – NOTTINGHAM Rock City
Sat 28th May – MANCHESTER Academy
Sun 29th May – BRISTOL O2 Academy
Mon 30th May – GLASGOW Barrowlands
Wed 1st Jun – DUBLIN Olympia
Fri 3rd Jun – LONDON Royal Albert Hall
No stranger to festivals (having performed at everything from the Montreux Jazz Festival, to Download, Lowlands, Wacken, Reading & Leeds, The Great Escape, Primavera Sound, Graspop, and more), Zeal & Ardor are already confirmed for Hellfest in France in 2022, with more festival dates expected.
Zeal & Ardor’s widely praised second album, ‘Stranger Fruit’, was released by MVKA in 2018, following the global attention-getting, multi-million streamed debut, ‘Devil Is Fine’. Critically acclaimed across the industry, The Guardian newspaper described ‘Stranger Fruit’ as “extraordinary and brilliant” upon release. Upset wrote it was “a compelling listen,” Metal Hammer applauded its “sheer musical brilliance,” with Rock Sound concluding, it was “one of the most uniquely daring and wholly affecting albums of 2018 so far,” plus further plaudits rolling in from Rolling Stone, Kerrang!, Noisey, Alternative Press, and more. By Christmas 2018, the UK’s largest free newspaper Metro declared ‘Stranger Fruit’ their #2 Album of the Year in a cross-genre list, declaring “in this jaw-dropping meld of black American folk music and black metal, the Swiss artist Manuel Gagneux has hit upon something genuinely original.” In March 2019, following a blistering set in London the previous December, the band went on to release the double live album ‘Live In London’. Then, in October 2020, amidst a provocative and stimulating 18-month profound period of reflection – that led to the writing of the forthcoming self-titled album – the band quietly shared the striking, standalone 6-track EP, ‘Wake Of A Nation’. Their intense third album, crystallising everything the band are, will be released in February 2022.