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Zeal & Ardor: The most unique band to grace the underground this year

Black metal with old soul? Introducing Zeal & Ardor, quite possibly the most unique metal act of 2017

Just when you think you’ve heard it all; just when you think the sonic melting pot of heavy metal has been stirred until it boils over, something always comes along to make you go, ‘What the hell was that?’

“I was on 4chan, that awful website, asking people to name genres,” laughs Manuel Gagneux, the man behind Zeal & Ardor, “and I’d combine two of them and in half an hour make a song from it. One person said ‘n*gger music’ and the other said ‘black metal’. That idea stuck with me, because those two things actually have a lot of similarities. I just tried for a long time to make it work; for a long time it sounded awful, but we’re getting somewhere now.”

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