Zeal & Ardor - Stranger Fruit



8.1 | 104 votes |
Release date: 8 June 2018
Style: Avantgarde black metal

Owners:

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18 want it


01. Intro
02. Gravedigger's Chant
03. Servants
04. Don't You Dare
05. Fire Of Motion
06. The Hermit
07. Row Row
08. Ship On Fire
09. Waste
10. You Ain't Coming Back
11. The Fool
12. We Can't Be Found
13. Stranger Fruit
14. Solve
15. Coagula
16. Built On Ashes

Staff review by
RaduP
Rating:
9.5
Devil Is Fine made some gargantuan waves two years ago with its surprising blend of African American spirituals, black metal, and some electronica for good measure. But the gimmicky nature of the sound meant that pressure on the follow-up would be great to maintain interest. So here we are; Stranger Fruit is finally Zeal & Ardor in full form.

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published 08.07.2018 | Comments (12)

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03.05.2018 - 05:06
Joe Zombie
Very excited for this. Devil Is Fine really blew me away. A unique and refreshing sound.
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26.05.2018 - 13:05
InnerSelf
proofread free
My favorite of the singles yet. I really had 0 hope this would beat The Devil is Fine but it just might!!

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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
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to stare into it himself.
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26.05.2018 - 14:27
Rating: 8
Zaph
The Nothingth
^Large parts of that (like the vocal melodies) remind me of the crap I remember hearing on Q-Music (the most commercial bullshit radio station in Belgium.) Downright awful song if you ask me. I was really hoping this band would refine their sound and fulfill the potential shown in the previous album, but it seems that won't be the case.

(Yes, I know I will get lots of hate for this.)
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The road is long, and the road is hard, and many fall by the side.
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26.05.2018 - 19:26
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Zaph on 26.05.2018 at 14:27

^Large parts of that (like the vocal melodies) remind me of the crap I remember hearing on Q-Music (the most commercial bullshit radio station in Belgium.) Downright awful song if you ask me. I was really hoping this band would refine their sound and fulfill the potential shown in the previous album, but it seems that won't be the case.

I get what you are saying though... It really sounds watered down and really mainstream. Mind you that I don't care if my music is mainstream but it just sounds like it lacks personality and it's just another radio song with harsher guitar tone. I hope the rest of the album will be much better. :\
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Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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26.05.2018 - 19:52
Rating: 8
Zaph
The Nothingth
Written by Mr. Doctor on 26.05.2018 at 19:26

I get what you are saying though... It really sounds watered down and really mainstream. Mind you that I don't care if my music is mainstream but it just sounds like it lacks personality and it's just another radio song with harsher guitar tone. I hope the rest of the album will be much better. :\

I'm honestly kind of relieved I'm not the only one. Though I would of course much rather be among those who enjoy this new track
And I agree, I don't care if something I like happens to be mainstream, but saying something sounds mainstream usually means it's bland, derivative and without character. Because that's what most mainstream music is like.
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The road is long, and the road is hard, and many fall by the side.
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26.05.2018 - 21:29
Ugwemubwem Ossas
China was a neat
Yeah you're not the only one, that's downright shitty. Doesn't sound anything like the Zeal and Ardor I know.
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26.05.2018 - 23:32
Rating: 7
Karlabos
Weirdo of MS
So it's Creed with tremolo picking?
Well.. Better than just Creed I guess.

Still looking forward to the whole
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27.05.2018 - 03:40
InnerSelf
proofread free
Party poopers. off with you.
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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27.05.2018 - 14:00
Rating: 8
musclassia
Written by InnerSelf on 27.05.2018 at 03:40

Party poopers. off with you.


I'm on your side, I liked it quite a bit. I'm not sure I'd compare it to Creed, reminds me a lot more of modern RnB/Pop (made me think of that John Legend song that was really popular a few years ago) mixed with the BM guitars and the Z&A production style. Wouldn't want a whole album of it but it's the last song on the record and I think it could act as a nice conclusion. Anyway, from the songs released so far, looks like it's going to be an eclectic album, which is nice, because when I saw them on tour last year, all the songs that weren't from Devil Is Fine seemed to follow a very similar structure, this variety is a good thing
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30.05.2018 - 13:02
qlacs
"The Quaker"
It's good music. Maybe not as metal and not so out of bounds as a part of me would want it, but if I don't see it through these lenses it's really good.
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07.06.2018 - 12:05
Rating: 10
Tornado Of Souls
The new songs sound incredible live so i have high hopes for this.
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08.06.2018 - 06:05
Rating: 9
flightoficarus
Stamp Tramp
Even better than the last one.
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Daily underground metal recommendations at Metal Trenches.
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08.06.2018 - 14:09
Rating: 9
caergian
I think it's great, honestly. The few tracks that were released to Youtube didn't do the album justice. "Don't You Dare" and "Row Row" are personal favorites.
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08.06.2018 - 18:20
Rating: 8
musclassia
Yeah I'm digging it. Still not sure anything here quite matches "In Ashes" for perfectly matching up both sides of the sound (black metal/soul), but generally the songwriting is more natural here, and there's enough variety to mix things up beyond the 'typical songs', in particular the dainty instrumental "Hermit". And the songs that fit the style you'd expect are pretty much all solid, particularly "Row Row" and "Ship On Fire".
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10.06.2018 - 11:50
Rating: 2
progpiggy
I just don't get this band.
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13.06.2018 - 14:20
Rating: 9
boo-boo
Written by progpiggy on 10.06.2018 at 11:50

I just don't get this band.

Good to know.
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World won't end today - it's already tomorrow in Australia.
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03.07.2018 - 07:14
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
#1 now, huh? That probably won't last long
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This is the water, and this is the well
Drink full and descend
The horse is the white of the eyes, and dark within
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03.07.2018 - 16:18
Rating: 7
Karlabos
Weirdo of MS
Written by Apothecary on 03.07.2018 at 07:14

#1 now, huh? That probably won't last long

Marduk has passed it again already
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28.07.2018 - 20:55
Rating: 9
Fat & Sassy!
Nomcat
This album rules. And Built On Ashes is a killer closer, ESPECIALLY in context of the theme of the music.

And I might get shit for saying this, but this album, to me, cements this band as being the most interesting metal band the US has produced in years. Referencing the dark history of America in such an angry, cynical way through the very appropriate genre blend of black metal and emotionally complex African American-originated music may seem too on-the-nose for some, but I think it's punk rock as shit. \m/
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You do you, brozzio.
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