“Thrilling…  Zeal & Ardor is a synthesis: multiple sounds merging to make a robust, exhilarating new one” — The Onion AV Club
“Extraordinary and brilliant” — The Guardian

“…draws you in, invites listeners inside the harshness rather than pushing them away. And aside from all that… an incredible knack for dramatic drops” — Noisey

“One of the most uniquely daring and wholly affecting albums of 2018 so far” — Rock Sound

“Zeal & Ardor’s mix of black metal, blues and traditional slave chant is one of the most ambitious concoctions of the past decade, but it worked, and fans are now anxiously awaiting to taste Stranger Fruit.” — Loudwire

“Fluid… soulful…” Billboard

“Explosive…surreal…no holds barred” — Revolver

Zeal & Ardor have announced much-anticipated North American tour dates. The band will embark on a trek that kicks off on September 20 in Philadelphia and runs through October 13 in Los Angeles. There are several stops in Canada planned, as well.

The tour’s special guest is Astronoid.

All Zeal & Ardor tour dates are here, with North American dates posted below.

Z&A have released of three singles — “Gravedigger’s Chant,” “Waste,” and “Built on Ashes” — from the new album Stranger Fruit, which is the follow up to the critically acclaimed debut album Devil Is Fine. The album arrives Friday, June 8 with even further worldwide critical accolades.

Check out these exclusive interviews with Manuel Gagneux at Revolver and at Billboard.


9/20 — Philadelphia, PA — Underground Arts
9/21 — Brooklyn, NY — Music Hall of Williamsburg
9/22 — Cambridge, MA — The Sinclair
9/24 — Montreal, QC — Petit Campus
9/25 — Quebec City, QC — L’Anti
9/27 — Toronto, ON — Lee’s Palace
9/28 — Ferndale, MI — The Loving Touch
9/29 — Chicago, IL — Subterranean
9/30 — Minneapolis, MN — Studio B @ Skyway Theatre
10/2 — Denver, CO — Bluebird Theater (Denver)
10/3 — Salt Lake City, UT — Metro Music Hall
10/5 — Calgary, AB — Commonwealth Stage
10/6 — Edmonton, AB — Freemason’s Hall
10/8 — Vancouver, BC — Biltmore Cabaret
10/9 — Seattle, WA — Neumos
10/10 — Portland, OR — Hawthorne Theater
10/12 — San Francisco, CA — Bottom of the Hill
10/13 — West Hollywood, CA — The Roxy

The diverse yet cohesive nature of the 16 tracks on Stranger Fruit is designed to encourage the listener to dig a little deeper and find their own meaning in its words. These songs are deliberately intended to play off each other both lyrically and musically. While the record seethes with justifiable rage, its wider-reaching aim is to unify and inspire action, not to divide and create inertia. Superficially, the album tells isolated stories, but there are references to the Goetia, Yoruba, and obscure occult literature and history.

Mixing blues, gospel, and soul with harsher music has opened up a world of possibilities for Gagneux. Previously creating as a one man solo effort, the immense interest and critical acclaim Zeal & Ardor attracted upon release of debut album ‘Devil Is Fine’, has led to the project becoming a fully-fledged, internationally-touring band. After months hidden away, crafting the new songs for Stranger Fruit, Gagneux entered the studio with producer Zebo Adam and mixer Kurt Ballou (Converge, Kvelertak, Nails). While the finished sound is larger and heavier, it is still unmistakably Zeal & Ardor.

Stranger Fruit is available on 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.

“Gravedigger’s Chant”
“Don’t You Dare”
“Fire of Motion”
“The Hermit”
“Row Row”
“Ship on Fire”
“You Ain’t Coming Back”
“We Can’t Be Found”
“Stranger Fruit”
“Built on Ashes”