Following on from their captivating set at Download Festival last weekend, Zeal & Ardor
have announced their first UK tour for this November. Tickets for the seven headline shows go on sale this Friday, 15th June
, via www.myticket.co.uk
and all venue box offices.
Dates line up as follows:
Fri 30th Nov – BRISTOL The Fleece
Sat 1st Dec – BRIGHTON The Haunt
Sun 2nd Dec – LONDON Electric Ballroom
Tue 4th Dec – BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute 2
Wed 5th Dec – MANCHESTER Gorilla
Thu 6th Dec – LEEDS Church
Fri 7th Dec – GLASGOW King Tuts
The band, led by creative firebrand Manuel Gagneux, released their second album, ‘Stranger Fruit’ last Friday. It’s available in multiple formats, including CD, cassette, digital download/stream, as well as a 2LP 180g gatefold vinyl or a 2LP limited deluxe 180g triple gatefold purple vinyl.
The diverse yet cohesive nature of the sixteen tracks on ‘Stranger Fruit’ is designed to encourage the listener to dig a little deeper and find their own meaning in its words. These songs are deliberately intended to play off each other both lyrically and musically. While the record seethes with justifiable rage, its wider-reaching aim is to unify and inspire action. Superficially, the album tells isolated stories, but there are references to the Goetia, Yoruba, and obscure occult literature and history.
Praise for ‘Stranger Fruit’ and Zeal & Ardor
“Extraordinary and brilliant” – The Guardian
“Incantatory gospel and negro spiritual lyrics over a churning, propulsive, avant-metal racket. An inspired idea” – The Times
“One of the most uniquely daring and wholly affecting albums of 2018 so far” – Rock Sound
“A remarkable album. Listen to this, please. You may love it or hate it, but give it a go” – Powerplay
“Full of colour, and letting each shade run, ‘Stranger Fruit’ is a masterpiece of excess and control” – Upset
“Sheer musical brilliance” – Metal Hammer