Stranger Fruit

Zeal and Ardor - Stranger Fruit
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2018 Ratings: #94 / 716
User Score
Based on 140 ratings
2018 Ratings: #60
June 8, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Radicalis / Label
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A.V. Club

On the thrilling Stranger Fruit, elements of gospel and the blues coil like twisted roots around the album’s tallest pillars of fury, resulting in anthems at once heavier and more soulful than the “Satanic spirituals” on last year’s Devil Is Fine.

The Needle Drop

Zeal & Ardor's unique blend of black metal and slave spirituals comes together in an exciting and blasphemous display on Stranger Fruit.


Stranger Fruit is Gangneux’s fitful attempt to prove that Devil Is Fine wasn’t a fluke, to show that an absurd union may have actual vitality. And it mostly does.

The mix is so unique that it, plus the running time, might drive casual listeners away. But if you're that sort of person who likes Mayhem and Mavis Staples, this is for you.
I honestly could care less that I am rating this higher than anyone else because this was without a doubt the most badass and original record I have heard all year!

There is so much to love about what Zeal & Ardor did here. They masterfully blended Blues Rock, Black Metal and Ambient Organ-Based Gospel together and made this absolutely monolithic and fun album.

Strange Fruit has so much going on but everything feels like its in its right place. It is heavy and menacing at times, and other ... read more
Its cool that this band is blending southern blues rock and black metal here but the results feel tad underwhelming. First of all, I cant get behind the transitions of the guitars/drums and second the band's vocalist. It is pulling me back for me liking it more.
Only gave it 2 listens so this is like... me spitballing. I think this album front to back is unreal. The dance of Southern Rock, Black Metal, and the blend of tasteful electronics makes Stranger Fruit feels like a wonderful and complete collection of well executed rock cuts. I would definitely recommend
This is AMAZING fusion of metal sounds that blow my head away, i'm amazed <3
Certainly an interesting idea to mix spirituals with black metal, but this could have been done better. The black metal parts are quite well done, nothing mind blowing, but still good. But the rest just feels like a poor man's Algiers. The only interesting parts about the spirituals are when they get mixed with black metal but otherwise it sounds more like Arena rock and way less blues and gospel influenced than what i would have liked.

Also the tracks The Hermit, The Fool and Solve really ... read more
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Track List

  1. Intro
  2. Gravedigger's Chant
  3. Servants
  4. Don't You Dare
  5. Fire of Motion
  6. The Hermit
  7. Row Row
  8. Ship on Fire
  9. 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
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Added on: April 29, 2018