Freemason’s Hall, upper level. 10318 – 100 Ave | Doors 8:00pm. No Minors. | $20 advance. General admission. | Presented by 2018 Up and Downtown Music Festival.
What if American slaves had embraced Satan instead of Jesus? Welcome to conceptual basis for Zeal & Ardor. The brainchild of Swiss-American musician Manuel Gagneux, Zeal & Ardor blends African American spirituals, blues, and black metal. Suffice to say, results are nothing short of spectacular. Zeal & Ardor’s first album Devil Is Fine offers a dazzling array of elements that work in perfect cohesion, be it hallowed chants, jackhammering hip-hop beats, black metal howls, power electronics or neoclassical shredding. Live, Zeal & Ardor becomes a whole other beast: arcane and overpowering, yet beautiful in all its contrasts. Set to instill a universal and shared rage, keep an eye out for the new album Stranger Fruit that will be released in June.