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Zeal & Ardor Share “Götterdämmerung” — LISTEN // Band to Embark on Fall Tour With Mastodon + Opeth

Last month, Swiss firebrand alchemists Zeal & Ardor announced their forthcoming, self-titled album, set for release February 11, 2022 via MVKA. Pre-order it here.

Today, they unleash the ferocious new track “Götterdämmerung.” Listen here.
Frontman Manuel Gagneux comments, “‘Götterdämmerung’ is our most bare bones song yet. No gimmicks, no frills, no distractions, just rage. Most of it is [sung] in German, commanding your attention and heralding the dawn of a new point of view. This is Götterdämmerung.”
Hissing and seeping justifiable rage from every pore — yet not an unrelenting musical battering — the 14-track self-titled album was recorded by Marc Obrist and Manuel Gagneux at Hutch Sounds and mixed and mastered by Will Putney at Graphic Nature Audio. All songs were written and performed (except drums) by the softly spoken, multi-lingual Gagneux.
Earlier this summer, the avant-garde extremists began to share the highly anticipated album with fans via unsettling single/video “Run,” attention-demanding song “Erase,” and last single “Bow.” 

“Zeal & Ardor”
“Death To The Holy”
“Golden Liar”
“Feed The Machine”
“I Caught You”
“Church Burns”
“Hold Your Head Low”

Zeal & Ardor will be available in the following formats:
—CD digipack
—140g black vinyl
—140g white vinyl (indie store exclusive)
—180g 45rpm, double black vinyl, gatefold sleeve (deluxe)
Additionally, Zeal & Ardor have announced their return to the road in the USA, performing at Florida’s Welcome to Rockville festival in November before embarking on 15 shows across the country with rock goliaths Mastodon and Opeth this November.

11/16 — Asheville, NC — Arena       
11/18 — Boston, MA — The Wang Theatre
11/19 — Albany, NY — Palace Theatre
11/20 — New York City — Hammerstein Ballroom
11/21 — Washington, DC — The Anthem
11/23 — Nashville, TN — Ryman Auditorium
11/24 — Atlanta, GA — The Eastern
11/26 — Austin, TX — ACL Live at the Moody Theater
11/27 — Dallas, TX — South Side Ballroom
11/28 — Sugar Land, TX — Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
11/30 — Mesa, AZ — Mesa Amphitheatre
12/1 — Los Angeles, CA — Hollywood Palladium
12/2 — Oakland, CA — Fox Theater
12/4 — Salt Lake City, UT — The Union
12/5 — Denver, CO — The Mission Ballroom
Zeal & Ardor‘s widely praised second album, Stranger Fruit, was released by MVKA in 2018, following the global attention-getting, multi-million streamed debut Devil Is Fine. Critically acclaimed across the industry, The Guardian newspaper described Stranger Fruit as “extraordinary and brilliant” upon release. Upset wrote it was “a compelling listen,” Metal Hammer applauded its “sheer musical brilliance,” with Rock Sound concluding, it was “one of the most uniquely daring and wholly affecting albums of 2018 so far,” plus further plaudits rolling in from SiriusXM, Rolling Stone, Kerrang!, Noisey, Alternative Press, Revolver, Pitchfork, Stereogum, and more. By Christmas 2018, the UK’s largest free newspaper Metro declared Stranger Fruit their #2 Album of the Year in a cross-genre list, declaring “in this jaw-dropping meld of black American folk music and black metal, the Swiss artist Manuel Gagneux has hit upon something genuinely original.” In March 2019, following a blistering set in London the previous December, the band went on to release the double live album Live In London. Then, in October 2020, amidst a provocative and stimulating 18-month profound period of reflection — that led to the writing of the forthcoming self-titled album — the band quietly shared the striking, standalone 6-track EP Wake Of A Nation. Their intense third album, crystalizing everything the band is, will be released in February 2022.

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