Zeal & Ardor have premiered a brand new official music video for the recently released single, ‘Golden Liar’. The epic, evocative track hit radio airwaves last week, promptly clinching BBC Radio 1’s sought after “Rockest Record” accolade.
On its release, frontman Manuel Gagneux asserted, “’Golden Liar’ is one of the tracks on this record I’m most proud of.
Unlike singles released previously from the new album, it’s a slow burn. Rather than using harsh tones to convey heaviness, it uses lyrics and atmosphere to convey weight. It’s both smoke and fire.
Video director Max Carlo Kohal comments, “While listening to this blast of a song, I was always happy that it put images in my head. It inspired the whole process of creating this music video.
From the story to locations, from camera work to the editing room. And after hearing the song roughly 300 times, I still can’t wait to listen to it again!”
Zeal & Ardor‘s forthcoming self-titled, third album will be released February 11th, 2022 via MVKA and is a masterclass in expressing distilled and justifiable rage while still offering shades of light alongside the dark.
The 14-track record was recorded by Marc Obrist and Manuel Gagneux at Hutch Sounds and mixed & mastered by Will Putney at Graphic Nature Audio. All songs were written and performed (except drums) by the softly spoken, multi-lingual Gagneux.
The Swiss extremists have been gradually sharing the highly anticipated album with fans, steadily unveiling new tracks in recent months. These include ‘Run‘, ‘Erase‘, ‘Bow‘, and most recently, the ferocious ‘Götterdämmerung‘.
Pre-order now at https://zealandardor.lnk.to/ZealandArdor to receive these songs immediately, plus any further advance tracks to come, as they’re made available!
The full track listing for ‘Zeal & Ardor’ is:
Zeal & Ardor
Death To The Holy
Feed The Machine
I Caught You
Hold Your Head Low
Zeal & Ardor’ will be available in the following formats:
140g black vinyl
140g white vinyl (indie store exclusive)
180g 45rpm, double black vinyl, gatefold sleeve (deluxe)
Zeal & Ardor have just wrapped up an extensive US trek with rock goliaths Mastodon and Opeth. The band land on UK shores in May/June 2022, as special guests to Meshuggah. Tickets are on sale now for the following shows, including an unmissable night at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Thu 26th May – NOTTINGHAM Rock City
Sat 28th May – MANCHESTER Academy
Sun 29th May – BRISTOL O2 Academy
Mon 30th May – GLASGOW Barrowlands
Wed 1st Jun – DUBLIN Olympia
Fri 3rd Jun – LONDON Royal Albert Hall
No stranger to festivals (having performed at everything from the Montreux Jazz Festival, to Download, Lowlands, Wacken, Reading & Leeds, The Great Escape, Primavera Sound, and more), Zeal & Ardor are also confirmed for Hellfest and Graspop in 2022, and most recently confirmed, the UK’s ArcTanGent festival in August 2022, with more festival dates expected.
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 Rolling Stone, Kerrang!, Noisey, Alternative Press, 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, crystallising everything the band are, will be released in February 2022.