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Since the release of their sophomore album Stranger Fruit, Zeal & Ardor have built themselves a global following that would usually take most bands a couple of years to accumulate.
In less than 12 months, mastermind Manuel Gagneux and his band have hit some of the biggest stages in the world and packed out every venue they have set foot in, so to see them on Australian shores so soon is really something special and a tour everyone jumped at getting tickets for.

For a Thursday night The Bright...

It's that time of year again, when critics release their top 100 songs/albums/tours and give you a run down on why ‘Freshie Lil Zwan has the dopest beats of the year’.

But we at Everblack are simpler folk. So we asked each of our writers what really blew their hair back this year and this is what they came back with, a diverse and eclectic mix of bands and artists who went above and beyond their creative output and delivered some truly inspiring stuff that will no doubt still be in high rotati...

December 12, 2018

Zeal & Ardor is truly a musical force like no other. A one-time experiment of Swiss-American mastermind Manuel Gagneux, the avant-garde combination of negro spirituals and black metal embraced on his 2015 album Devil Is Fine quickly connected with several previously unstruck chords - as though American slaves had found Satanism rather than Christianity. After being invited to play the illustrious Roadburn Festival while still a bedroom concoction, a full lineup was soon established, and the glo...

June 3, 2018

This Friday the new Zeal & Ardor album Stranger Fruit will finally be released giving fans the chance to finally hear what they had waited months for.
After the release of three mind blowing singles Gravediggers Chant, Waste and Built on Ashes word spread very quickly about the band and demanded the attention of the heavy music community and beyond.

In the lead up to the release of Stranger Fruit,  Nev Pearce had the chance to talk to the bands mastermind Manuel Gagneux for the Everblack Podca...

May 28, 2018


A little over a month ago I was unfamiliar with Zeal & Ardor. But after hearing the single ‘Gravediggers Chant’ I quickly became obsessed with the band and dug as deep as I could to hear and find out everything about Manuel Gagneux and his music. I was hooked and after having the first album Devil Is Fine on constant repeat for a couple of weeks I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of the follow up Stranger Fruit.

Stranger Fruit takes the journey of Devil Is Fine and pushes it further with upli...

April 30, 2018

After dropping eerie track Gravedigger's Chant on Good Friday, Zeal & Ardor now share a contrasting, second new song, titled Waste, from their forthcoming new album, Stranger Fruit.


Zeal & Ardor provocateur Manuel Gagneux explains, "Waste is the introduction of the other half of ‘Stranger Fruit’. Fully incorporating the gospel and soul elements in black metal and never compromising in its intent. We give you this song as a second single, because it's not what one might expect to come next. This...

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