Stranger Fruit
Zeal and Ardor - Stranger Fruit
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
User Score
Based on 13 ratings
Your Review
Jun 11, 2018
I haven't heard anything this wholly original in a long, long time. The combination of black metal and Southern blues shouldn't work nearly as well as it does, but somehow it is a perfect marriage. The songs are of monolithic proportions, somehow combining the abrasive elements of the black metal genre with the toe-tapping enjoyment of blues music. I don't know if I have enjoyed an album this much from start to finish in quite some time. It is a sonic tour de force and deserves to garner much ... read more
Jun 14, 2018
Unexpected :o I really like the mix between metal and southern blues (It's the same type of process as Algiers but with metal). It's pretty-well balanced (EMR said that the first album is half messy. I fastly checked it because I didn't know the band and I kinda agree) because you can totally dig to it even if you're not a fan of the separated genre.

Good first listen !
Jun 14, 2018
Part of me wants to dive into this unforgiving world of Zeal & Ardor headfirst and not look back.  But most of me, thinks they still have a little ways to go.  This album has some unbelievably fresh sounds and ideas that I can't tell you how much they excite me.  Blends of Gospel, Blues, Folk and more alongside crushing Black Metal, I mean come on, that's wild.  But for one, the production here is much MUCH cleaner than anything they've touched in the past.  Which ... read more
Jun 10, 2018*
Solid album. Favorite tracks and highlights:

Gravedigger's Chant


Row Row

Ship on Fire

We can't be found

Built on Ashes
Jun 2, 2018*
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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
Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, patton

Added on: April 29, 2018