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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

Elizabeth Scarlett

Elizabeth (Lizzie) is a music-obsessed creative soul with a love for all things heavy. In her spare time you’ll probably find her designing music magazines, playing the bass and most likely fantasising about Lemmy.