Zeal and Ardor – Stranger Fruits Album Review

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Zeal and Ardor – Stranger Fruits Album Review

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Zeal & Ardor will transcend you into an alternate reality of a hazy and dark world overrun by creatures that will both haunt and mesmerize you with the music of “Stranger Fruits” (2018).

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I mean it’s technically not the most brutal metal album, but the black metal elements mixed with spiritual-inspired vocals, evil screams and growls, and of course the horrifyingly intense backing vocals and black metal-esque guitar tremolos and chords.

I know I say this about a lot of albums, but this album literally has some of the best album track listing ever. With the “Intro” that gets you into this dark and weird mood, followed by the very interesting “Gravedigger’s Chant”, and going on to “Servants” where we really start seeing some black metal elements being incorporated, before picking up in intensity with “Don’t You Dare” where the fun with Z&A really begins and where Manuel becomes more than just simply a musician – but a creative visionary. And then, just before you think that the music has hits its high point, “Fire of Motion” and “We Can’t Be Found” seemingly appear out of nowhere – which I can imagine came as an unexpected surprise to many people who had never listened to the band before. But never fear, because “The Hermit” and “The Fool” are sorts of meditations sandwiched between avant-garde Black Metal which creates chilling environments and are certain to entertain you.

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I was quite upset that the band that started playing live with Manuel in 2017 didn’t play on this album. Although, I’m not denying that Manuel is a fantastic musician and he can clearly handle all the instruments on his own, I just wish that the band had played on this album (plus then we would’ve had some EPIC backing vocals).

The sheer mixture of genres is unlike anything I’ve heard before. From the obvious black metal elements (“Waste”) and negro-spiritual vocals, to even more death metal vibes on the drums and melodeath guitars.

As most people would know, the reasoning for a lot of black metal is to create a fucked up evil atmosphere – which Z&A do perfectly although with a completely different take in creating it. Whether it’s through the clean spiritual-like guitars, murky distortion, Manuel’s vocals or the keyboards (“Stranger Fruit”).

The ONLY thing that could ruin this album for me is the use of fade outs at the end of some of the songs. It’s a really annoying thing for me in any band when songs don’t have definite endings.

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I really do believe that the band is on to something very special and groundbreaking. Live, they are amazing. Manuel writes insanely good music. There’s just no way that you cannot love this album. I really hope I did this album justice, Zeal & Ardor has become one of my favourite bands from this decade, releasing one of my favourite records of this year, and I honestly believe that are going to become even bigger than they already are.

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