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Zeal & Ardor announce self-titled album and share stomping new single Bow

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(Image credit: Georg Gatsas)

Swiss avant-metallers Zeal & Ardor have officially announced their forthcoming self-titled album, scheduled for release on February 11 via MVKA.

Earlier this year, the Manuel Gagneux-fronted project released two of the album's singles, Run and Erase. Now, they’ve shared a third taste of the upcoming release, with fierce, fist-pumping new single Bow.

Featuring a stomp-clap rhythm, Bow is an uncompromising, sing-a-long anthem that, as explained by Gagneux, "takes out established musical themes and places them into a completely different background. It’s an amalgam of things bestowing bad luck demanding you to join it."

Speaking of the new eponymous album, the frontman declares "with the self-titled record, we have arrived at where I imagined this project should sound like. It’s the longest we’ve worked on a single record and I believe it shows.

"The most important thing for an album of ours to do, is transport you instantly into our mood, our world. Even though this might not be the one you might expect from us, this record certainly delivers on that front.

"We had time to hone in to what we think makes us interesting and what sounds we would like to explore through this we have found our home."

Gagneux concluded his statement by adding, "Home is burning. Welcome home".

Zeal & Ardor will be returning to the UK in May next year for a run of shows supporting Meshuggah.

Zeal & Ardor new album

(Image credit: MVKA)

Zeal & Ardor tracklist:

  1. Zeal & Ardor
  2. Run
  3. Death To The Holy
  4. Emersion
  5. Golden Liar
  6. Erase
  7. Bow
  8. Feed The Machine
  9. I Caught You
  10. Church Burns
  11. Götterdämmerung
  12. Hold Your Head Low
  13. J-M-B
  14. A-H-I-L

2022 UK tour dates:

May 26: Nottingham Rock City
May 28: Manchester Academy
May 29: Bristol O2 Academy
May 30: Glasgow Barrowlands
Jun 01: Dublin Olympia
Jun 03: London Royal Albert Hall

Liz works on keeping the Louder sites up to date with the latest news from the world of rock and metal. Prior to joining Louder as a full time staff writer, she completed a Diploma with the National Council for the Training of Journalists and received a First Class Honours Degree in Popular Music Journalism. She enjoys writing about anything from neo-glam rock to stoner, doom and progressive metal, and loves celebrating women in music. '10 bands that rip off Black Sabbath but get away with it' is her favourite article she's written with Louder so far. When not writing, Liz enjoys various creative endeavours such as graphic design, as well as reading about rock’n’roll history, art and magic.