Editors’ Notes Few bands express the experimental in metal like Zeal & Ardor, the project started by Swiss American Manuel Gagneux in 2014. No other headbangers have dared to marry black metal and electronics with ritualistic chants inspired by African-American spirituals and the blues. The result is an emotional sound veering between haunted invocations lined with icy tremolo-picking (“Come on Down”) and meditations that pour gritty howls and muddy distortion over funeral-procession beats (“Gravedigger's Chant”). Zeal & Ardor may sound like the devil incarnate, but as the gospel-kissed “Built on Ashes” shows, they can also achieve an uplifting catharsis.

SONG
ALBUM
Come on Down
3:19
 
Gravedigger's Chant
3:11
 
Devil Is Fine
3:12
 
Don't You Dare
3:28
 
Cut Me (Live in London)
2:58
 
You Ain't Coming Back
3:18
 
Blood in the River
3:33
 
Fire of Motion
2:27
 
Baphomet (Live in London)
3:14
 
Waste
3:19
 
Children's Summon
3:08
 
Built on Ashes
4:35
 
Row Row
3:06
 
In Ashes
2:38
 
Servants
3:30
 
Ship on Fire
3:33
 
Sacrilegium I
2:00
 
Stranger Fruit
3:28
 
We Never Fall (Live in London)
3:58
 
We Can't Be Found
3:31
 
What Is a Killer Like You Gonna Do Here?
2:15
 
Coagula
1:38
 

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