Zeal & Ardor, the experimental black metal/blues/gospel project from Swiss-American Manuel Gagneux, Has released a brand new record titled Stranger Fruit.
Manuel's approach to Zeal & Ardor draws on an alternate history and stems from two thoughts: Christianity was imposed upon American slaves, just as it was imposed in Norway, and black metal in the '90s grew as a rebellion to monotheism.
What would have happened if American slaves had rebelled in the same way? Or put bluntly: What would satanic spirituals sound like?
In the leadup to the release of Stranger Fruit, Zeal & Ardor released a beautifully shot official video for the track Gravedigger's Chant, which appears on the record. Check it out.
Limited Edition Vinyl
Stranger Fruit is also available in 180g purple 2LP triple gatefold vinyl. Order your copy now from the official Maniacs store.
Listen to Zeal & Ardor