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Listen to Golden Liar, single five from Zeal & Ardor’s forthcoming third album

Manuel Gagneux
(Image credit: MVKA)

Zeal & Ardor have shared a fifth single from their forthcoming third album, in the form of the moody, brooding Golden Liar.

following on from the previously released Götterdämmerung, Run, Erase and Bow, Golden Liar shows a more melodic and restrained side to the Swiss avant-metal act.

Frontman Manuel Gagneux says, "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."

Zeal & Ardor, the album, will be released on February 11 via MVKA. With Gagneux performing all instruments save for drums, 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. 

Zeal & Ardor, the band, will return to the UK in May next year for a run of shows supporting Meshuggah and have also been announced to play August’s ArcTanGent festival. 

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.