Zeal & Ardor is the unique project of Swiss-American musician Manuel Gagneaux, who combines black metal and blues. Previously a solo project, Zeal & Ardor now plays with a full band. They recently released Devil Is Fine, and you can watch the video for the title track below.

This quote from a press release explains the idea behind the genre:

His approach draws on an alternate history and stems from two thoughts: Christianity was imposed upon American slaves, just as it was imposed in Norway, and black metal in the ’90s grew as a rebellion to monotheism.
What would have happened if American slaves had rebelled in the same way? Or put bluntly: What would satanic spirituals sound like?

If that sounds interesting to you, you might wanna catch Zeal & Ardor on tour this summer. They're playing a few US shows surrounding their appearance at Psycho Las Vegas.

The band will play a NYC show at Saint Vitus on August 23. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 21 at 10AM.

Zeal & Ardor will also be playing across Europe through the summer. All tour dates are listed below.

Zeal & Ardor -- 2017 Tour Dates
14 APRIL 2017 CH - BASEL, CZAR FEST
19 APRIL 2017 FR - PARIS, LE GLAZARD
20 APRIL 2017 UK - LONDON, UNDERWORLD
21 APRIL 2017 NL - TILBURG, ROADBURN FESTIVAL
22 APRIL 2017 DE - BERLIN, URBAN SPREE *SOLD OUT*
24 APRIL 2017 CZ - PRAGUE, ROXY
25 APRIL 2017 PL - WARSAW, HYDROZAGADKA
04 MAY 2017 CH - GENEVA, USINE
05 MAY 2017 GR - ATHENS, ILION PLUS
06 MAY 2017 FR - GUÉRET, METAL CULTURES FESTIVAL
18 & 19 MAY 2017 UK - BRIGHTON, THE GREAT ESCAPE FESTIVAL
07 JUNE2017 DE - BERLIN, ZITADELLE W/ PROPHETS OF RAGE
13 JUNE 2017 UK - LONDON, O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON W/ PROPHETS OF RAGE
16 JUNE 2017 CH - LUCERNE, B-SIDES FESTIVAL
17 JUNE 2017 DE - MANNHEIM, MAIFELD DERBY
18 JUNE 2017 NL - HILVARENBEEK, BEST KEPT SECRET
15 JULY 2017 LTU - ANYKSCIAI, DEVILSTONE FESTIVAL
21 JULY 2017 PL - KATOWICE, METAL HAMMER FESTIVAL
10 AUGUST 2017 CH - AVENCHES, ROCK OZ'ARÈNES
19 AUGUST 2017 US - LOS ANGELES, THE HI HAT
20 AUGUST 2017 US - LAS VEGAS, PSYCHO LAS VEGAS
22 AUGUST 2017 US - CHICAGO, THE BEAT KITCHEN
23 AUGUST 2017 US - BROOKLYN, SAINT VITUS
26 AUGUST 2017 UK - READING, READING FESTIVAL
27 AUGUST 2017 UK - LEEDS, LEEDS FESTIVAL
20 - 23 SEPTEMBER 2017 DE - HAMBURG, REEPERBAHN FESTIVAL