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METAL by its vary nature is a conservative musical genre with a limited palette of sounds and textures regarded as kosher by a staunchly obdurate and increasingly niche audience. id argue there is actually a disincentive for innovation in the genre, which makes the concept and sound of SWITZERLAND's ZEAL & ARDOR that much more remarkable. they are in essence an unlikely blend of AFRICAN DIASPORA SPIRITUAL and call-and-response GOSPEL traditions with BLACK METAL.
and yet somehow it works beautifully. there is a depth of SOUL and authentic pain being channeled that dwarfs the childish operatics, lame fantasy narratives and masturbatory virtuosic stylings that have long plagued METAL for much of its history.
ZEAL & ARDOR is a revolutionary band that sound like none i have come across before. cant wait for their new record next month. needless to say, they are most definitely worth checking out.