Metal Hammer (UK) - - THE BIG REVIEW 2017 -

Devil Is Fine MKVA

If any­one tells you that metal’s run out of ideas, point them in this di­rec­tion. Zeal & Ar­dor first gar­nered in­ter­est due to mas­ter­mind Manuel Gag­neux’s unique use of ev­ery­thing from black metal and early delta blues to slave chants and crude elec­tronic sam­ples, with songs like Come On Down or the evil-sound­ing Blood In The River man­ag­ing to swing wildly from deep, brood­ing soul into scathing, scabrous ex­treme metal with­out giv­ing the lis­tener any warn­ing of where the ride was about to take them. But the way he melded those dis­parate in­flu­ences into le­git­i­mately won­der­ful songs is the rea­son Devil Is Fine is a tri­umph and made such a dent in the con­scious­ness of both metal fans and mu­si­cians this year, de­servedly turn­ing an oddly bizarre solo project into one of the most unique and most talked-about new bands that our scene has pro­vided for quite some time.

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