The highly anticipated, 14-track record is a masterclass in distilled rage. Recorded by Marc Obrist and Manuel Gagneux at Hutch Sounds, it was mixed & mastered by Will Putney at Graphic Nature Audio. All songs were written and performed (except drums) by the multi-lingual Gagneux.
Fans can learn more about the album by ordering the Zeal & Ardor front cover of the latest issue of Metal Hammer magazine here, 1 of 4 covers highlighting hot talents shaking up the heavy music scene in 2022. Collectors can also snap up a very limited edition bundle which includes an exclusive cover image and a hand-signed promotional postcard of the striking album artwork here. Both versions can be shipped internationally.
The Swiss extremists have been steadily revealing new tracks and official videos online in recent months, with fans treated to 6 new songs before the album release, while leaving plenty still to be discovered on release day. Everyone who pre-orders the album now will receive these 6 songs immediately.
‘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)
Zeal & Ardor recently concluded an extensive US trek with rock goliaths Mastodon and Opeth. The band land on UK shores in May/June 2022, as special guests to 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, and more), Zeal & Ardor are also confirmed for Hellfest and Graspop in 2022, and most recently confirmed, the UK’s ArcTanGent festival in August 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 11th February, 2022.