It’s a busy month for Zeal & Ardor. The band are preparing for a series of live shows next month (including a London headline show & a slot at Download Festival) as well as the June 8th release of their highly anticipated, second album, ‘Stranger Fruit‘.

A third new song from that record is released, titled ‘Built On Ashes‘. The lyrics hark back to Billie Holiday’s ‘Strange Fruit‘, declaring, “like a strange fruit out of season / you are bound to die alone / and you will swing free in the breeze then.

Zeal & Ardor mastermind Manuel Gagneux comments, “Here’s our last single before ‘Stranger Fruit’ comes out in its entirety. ‘Built On Ashes’ is the album’s closing track and stands out as a more sombre track, acting as a farewell of sorts. We hope you like it… there’s a storm out there.

Stranger Fruit‘ will be released on June 8th in multiple formats, including CD, cassette, vinyl, and digital download/stream. For vinyl fans, there’s a 2LP 180g gatefold vinyl or a 2LP limited deluxe 180g triple gatefold purple vinyl.

Zeal & Ardor is the one-man brainchild of Manuel Gagneux, a Swiss-American formerly based in New York City. His approach 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? First album Devil Is Fine was released globally in February 2017. Zeal & Ardor have been generating significant buzz ever since, with accolades piling up from both musical peers and international media, including Noisey, Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Kerrang!, The Independent, Metal Hammer, Upset, Brooklyn Vegan, and many more. Set to instill a universal and shared rage, new album Stranger Fruit will be released June 8th, 2018.