Album Review: Stranger Fruit by Zeal & Ardor

Album: Stranger Fruit
Artist: Zeal & Ardor
Release Date: June 7, 2018
Favorite Tracks:

  • Gravedigger’s Chant
  • Row, Row
  • Stranger Fruit
  • Built on Ashes


Swiss-born Manuel Gagneux is part African-American on his mother’s side and his black metal band incorporates blues and spirituals into their metal sound.  It has the raging guitars and propulsive percussion that I like of metal, without the “I’m singing like a demon, aren’t I scary” vocals that I deeply dislike.   This album is a good companion to Algiers’ The Underside of Power, one of my favorite albums of last year.

Rating: ****