UN­HOLY MATRIMONY

Zeal & Ar­dor bring their Satanic hymns to church

Metal Hammer (UK) - - The Big Picture -

Zeal & Ar­dor gigs are al­ways an un­nerv­ingly spir­i­tual af­fair, but there was some­thing ex­tra-sin­is­ter in the air as Manuel Gag­neux and his crew rolled into a con­verted church in Leeds to play a haunt­ing set of black­ened chain gang hymns. The large, stained-glass vis­age be­hind the band took on a whole new slant as the ex­treme metal in­no­va­tors filled the aptly named Church venue with a stun­ning set, pluck­ing tracks from both their much-lauded de­but and last year’s stel­lar Stranger Fruit opus, which landed in the top five of our al­bums of the year.

“Fun­nily enough, we’ve played in a cou­ple of churches,” says Manuel. “None of them have had such a stun­ning stained-glass win­dow as a back­drop. There is an an­i­ma­tronic clown in a glass box be­tween the two dress­ing rooms there, and I made an off-hand com­ment about it hav­ing moved with­out it be­ing plugged in. I came to re­gret say­ing that, be­cause ev­ery time I passed it af­ter that I could feel it flip­ping me the bird be­hind me. 10/10, would play there again.”

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