Lovingly pinched from Nine Circles: By now, chances are you’ve heard of New York’s Zeal and Ardor and if you’re anything like me you absolutely cannot get enough of second full length Devil Is Fine. It’s an amalgamation of so many different types of music — black metal, spirituals, hip hop, and bluesy folk — that on the surface shouldn’t work but it does and tremendously so. It’s a dark, satanic, and thoroughly engaging album and is a must for anyone looking for something far outside the standard lines of music.
Zeal and Ardor is the creative outlet for Manual Gagneux and after one spin through this album it’s shocking that only one man is responsible. Indeed, one man bands have done some amazing things but here there is so much going on it’s hard to imagine one person tackling it all. Much like the way his 2014 self titled debut came out of left field, so does this one, but from even further out.
It’s so off the wall that the first spin was a complete shocker, but once it sank in my reaction was the same as the first time I heard King Dude. With the multitude of repeat plays that followed, the initial shock turned into elation over finding something so completely hypnotizing. Even though these two are totally separate artists they share the same dark and sinister feel.
Continue reading: Sepulchral Saturday: Zeal and Ardor – ” Devil Is Fine” – Nine Circles
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