Imagine this: Tarantino’s Django sacrifices a goat on stage while intimidating slave chants roar and screeching guitar riffs burn in the background. Then the rhythmic chain rattling evoking a satanic summoning makes way for the eerily familiar melodies of Norwegian black metal. This genre mix that has been garnering attention online since April 2016 belongs to Zeal & Ardor.
The forthcoming album Devil Is Fine, set for release February 24, 2017 via MVKA/ADA, thematically revolves around more typical black metal fare - rituals, human sacrifice, fire, and blood.
Zeal & Ardor is the one-man brainchild of Swiss-American musician Manuel Gagneux. He 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
Come On Down
Blood in the River
What Is a Killer Like You Gonna Do Here?