Zeal and Ardor’s Powerful Symbiosis Of Black Metal And African American Spirituals Stirs ACL
“… Kicking off the evening was Zeale and Ardor. Their sophomore album, “Stranger Fruit”, was released through MKVA records (2018) and created a powerful symbiosis between traditional Afro-American and Christian genres like gospel, soul, and slave songs with Scandinavian black metal and folk. The 6 piece band set took to a new level of sensitivity, virtuosity, and cohesive stylistics that made a visibly great impression with the audience in spite of playing what felt like a relatively short set.
Without remembering the specific order the playlist consisted of: “Wake of a Nation”, “Church Burns”, “Götterdämmerung”, “Run”, “Gravedigger’s Chant”, “We Can’t Be Found”, “Death to the Holy”. Wrapping up songs from their first album ‘Devil Is Fine’ second release ‘Strangers Fruit’ and their 2020 EP ‘Wake of a Nation’ …”
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