Zeal & Ardor To Release New EP “Wake Of A Nation” In October, Share Two New Songs

Zeal & Ardor have announced that they will be releasing a new EP titled “Wake Of A Nation” on October 23. Two songs from the effort, “Vigil” and “I Can’t Breathe,” can be found below:

Manuel Gagneux commented:

“Frederik Pohl once said:

‘It is and remains my conviction that a story has to speak for itself, and that any words a writer adds to it after he has finished telling it are a cop-out, a lie or a mistake.’

While I agree I feel pressed to make an exception for this EP. ‘Wake Of A Nation‘’s intent and context should be obvious. I like to revel in ambiguity and in room for interpretation. This is not the case here. These 6 songs are a knee jerk reaction to what has happened to my fellow people in the last months.

Originally I was set to record an album scheduled to come out next year. As these songs were written due to the horrendous events that instilled them I decided to release them as soon as possible. Using the rich heritage and culture as a part of my musical identity it felt like cowardice to sit by and continue with my routine as if nothing happened.

This record is for Michael Brown, Eric Garner, George Floyd and the countless untold and nameless killed.

It is for the brave souls willing to take a stand and ready to risk their own wellbeing so that others may have theirs intact.

All revenues from sales and streaming of ‘I Can’t Breathe‘ will be donated.”

The EP can be pre-ordered on Bandcamp and the full track listing can be found below:

01. “Vigil”
02. “Tuskegee”
03. “At The Seams”
04. “I Can’t Breathe”
05. “Trust No One”
06. “Wake Of A Nation”

Rock/Metal Musicians Open Up About Their Experiences With Racism In New Piece By Journalist Liz Ramanand

Consequence Of Sound have shared a new piece by journalist Liz Ramanand in which members of Alice In Chains, Body Count, Nonpoint, Fire From The Gods, Zeal & Ardor, Skunk Anansie, and more open up about their experiences with racism. You can read the full article HERE and an excerpt below:

“In this installment of “Heavy Culture”, rock and metal artists recount their experiences of racism. Some musicians expressed intense memories of facing bigotry as young children, some as teenagers, and for others, there were too many instances to count.”

Full Lineup Revealed For Virtual “Slay At Home” Festival

The full lineup for the virtual “Slay At Home” festival has officially been revealed. The event, which was organized by Metal Injection’s Frank Godla, will take place on May 29-30 and it will feature quarantine performances, commissioned music, collaborative covers, and more.

Lineup:

Never Before Seen Performances By:

Suicide Silence
TesseracT
Gavin Rossdale (Bush)
Matt Heafy (Trivium)
Twelve Foot Ninja
Tyler Bates
Steve ‘N’ Seagulls
Darkest Hour
Allegaeon
Entheos
Der Weg einer Freiheit
O’Brother
Khemmis
Silvertomb
Mantar
Astronoid
Employed To Serve
Spirit Adrift
Spotlights
Cadaver
Andy Gillion
Johnny Booth
Panamama
Moon Destroys
Nitesoil
Contracult Collective
Spylacopa
Del Judas
Myrone
Chronus
AA Williams
Angel Vivaldi
GlerAkur
Jo Quail

Commissioned Music By:

“Pallid Veil”:
Luc Lemay (Gorguts)
Dave Davidson (Revocation / Gargoyl)
Liam Wilson (Azusa, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Elliot Hoffman (Carbomb)

“Digital Ink”:
Ben Weinman (Suicidal Tendencies, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Billy Rymer (END, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Brian Sullivan (Thoughtcrimes)

“Solo Set”:
Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour)

“DJ M’s Wacky Attacky”:
Manuel Gagneux (Zeal & Ardor)

Cover Collaborations By:

Pustulus Maximus (GWAR)
Tiziano Volante (Zeal & Ardor)
Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder)
Sacha Dunable (Intronaut)
Johnny Kelly (Silvertomb / Type O Negative)
Ash Pearson (Revocation)
Brody Uttely (Rivers Of Nihil)
Gwarsenio Hall (Two Minutes To Late Night)
Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth)
Steve Zing (Samhain/Danzig)
Hank Hell (Silvertomb)
Pepe Clarke (Kyng)
Jesse Korman (The Number Twelve Looks Like You)
Conor Marshall (Sylosis),
Greg Burgess (Allegaeon)
Frank Godla (Metal Injection)
Mrs. Smith
Phil Pendergast (Khemmis)
Justine Jones and Sammy Urwin (Employed To Serve)
Kevin Antreassian (ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
DJ Scully (The Number Twelve Looks Like You)
Billy Rymer (ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Scott Carlson (Repulsion)
Ra Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies)
Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head)
Marta Demmel (Bleeding Through)
John Tempesta (The Cult, ex-Rob Zombie)
Mike Tempesta (ex-Powerman 5000)
Joey Vera (Armored Saint)
Graham Bonnet (Rainbow / MSG)

Guest Appearances By:

Gost
Don Jamieson (That Metal Show)
Jose Mangin (Sirius XM Liquid Metal)
Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records)
Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed)
Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste)
Chuck Billy (Testament)
Chef Brian Tsao
Chef Chris Santos
Jessica Pimentel (Orange Is The New Black)
Rob Caggiano (Volbeat)

Art Installations By:

Mario Duplantier (Gojira)
Vincent Castiglia
Trine Grimm
Jodi Cachia
Zein
Carin Hazmat
Nathaniel Shannon
Kevin Wilson
Rodrigo Fredes
Vertebrae 33
Stefan Raduta

Godla commented:

“By keeping the set times between 5 and 15 minutes for each artist, it allows me to not only keep things moving, but mix it up in ways that conventional festivals simply can’t. Every single hour will contain big names and emerging artists right next to each other.

I’m trying to look at the bright side of our current situation, and not only make this an entertaining way to see the artists you love flex their creativity in new ways, but hope this event acts as a place of discovery for every viewer out there.

Finding a band or artist to fall in love with is the mark of a great festival to me, and it’s my honor to share the work of these amazing individuals I curated because I’m passionate about them. I’ve been in touch with all of them every step of the way, and some even managed to throw me a few surprises.

I’m honored and humbled to have all of them part of this, they truly went above and beyond to showcase their craft for the Slay At Home fest, and I can’t wait for the world to see something really special come to life this weekend.”

Money raised from the event will benefit MusiCares and Global Giving.

Darkest Hour, TesseracT, Twelve Foot Ninja, Etc. To Take Part In “Slay At Home” Virtual Festival

Metal Injection‘s Frank Godla has organized a new virtual festival called “Slay At Home.” The event will take place on May 29-30 and it will feature quarantine performances, commissioned music, collaborative covers, and more.

Here’s the lineup:

Previously Unseen Quarantine Performances:

  • TesseracT
  • Darkest Hour
  • Twelve Foot Ninja
  • O’Brother
  • Der Weg einer Freiheit
  • Silvertomb
  • Astronoid
  • Contracult Collective
  • Myrone
  • A.A. Williams

Commissioned Music Participants:

  • Luc Lemay (Gorguts)
  • Dave Davidson (Revocation)
  • Liam Wilson (The Dillinger Escape Plan)
  • Elliot Hoffman (Car Bomb)

Collaborative Cover Participants:

  • Pustulus Maximus (GWAR)
  • Tiziano Volante (Zeal & Ardor)
  • Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder)
  • Sacha Dunable (Intronaut)
  • Johnny Kelly (Silvertomb, Type O Negative)
  • Ash Pearson (Revocation)
  • Brody Uttely (Rivers Of Nihil)

Special Guests:

  • Jessica Pimentel (“Orange Is The New Black”)
  • Gost
  • Charlie Benante (Anthrax)

Art Installation Participants:

  • Vincent Castiglia
  • Trine Grimm
  • Jodi Cachia

Fans can watch the festival on YouTube and will also be able to donate money to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund and the Global Giving Coronavirus Relief Fund. Godla commented:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly everyone on the planet, and sadly some of the last people to get their lives back will be the ones we depend on to get us through these times. I wanted to create a platform that aids artists, their crew, and global healthcare efforts alike.

The experience of a live concert is irreplaceable, but my aim with Slay At Home is to provide every person in the world an experience they haven’t seen yet, right from their own devices. I’ve never been more proud to be part of the metal community and have so many great friends willing to join the fun, as we support two great organizations.”

Zeal & Ardor Bassist Mia Rafaela Dieu Diagnosed With A Stomach Disease

Zeal & Ardor’s Mia Rafaela Dieu has been diagnosed with a stomach disease called Gastroparesis. The illness has caused the bassist to miss the band’s recent touring.

The group said the following:

“We‘ve been privileged to meet a lot of you lovely and supporting people in person during the last year. in the many conversations we had, a lot of you asked about @mia_moustache and her wellbeing.

for a while we didn‘t really have a fitting answer to that question as she herself had to figure out what was happening with her health and it took her many months to get a proper medical answer.

we now know that she has got a debilitating illness called Gastroparesis which means that her stomach is paralyzed and can‘t digest food properly. this results in extreme abdominal pain, sickness and fatigue amongst other symptoms that unabled her to play most shows in 2019.

she is currently figuring out how to deal with everything since it is a chronical illness that is really hard to treat and the course of it is unpredictable.

But we know that she is fighting everyday and doing everything she can to get back on track. But for now it is not possible to say how long it will take until she can play live shows again.

We hope that we can be part on the way to get her power back!…”

Mia also commented:

“So here it is, the last day of 2019…a year that challenged me bigtime and showed me anew that there are some things we just can’t control.

Since I know some of you are wondering why I haven’t been playing shows with Zeal&Ardor over the last months- here is the simple answer. I was just not able to. My body went offline and kept me down – and still does until today. I’m not writing my situation openly because I seek pity, but rather for the understanding and clarity of everyone involved or affected.

So this year I got diagnosed with a debilitating sickness called Gastroparesis, which in my case is caused by Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Gastroparesis is a motility disorder of the stomach, that literally translates to „paralyzed stomach“. It means that the stomach fails to digest food and empty the way it should. Both are clinically incurable chronic diseases with unpredictable courses, and they bring many manifestations in the body. For me, they mainly express with heavy nausea, massive abdominal pain, vomiting, malnutrition challenges, fatigue, migraines and other funny things who are joining the party.

I’ve spent most of this year’s time visiting Docs, having weird medical examinations, encountering very dark places in my body and mind, and having a 3-month stay in a clinic to try to get it all together. It takes a lot of trial & error & patience, to this day there are not really effective treatments or known cures for this deseases. Nobody knows what the future will bring or what my healing journey will look like. So for the people who ask me are you STILL sick?! Yes I am. I wish nothing more than to not be, and maybe I also will be for some ongoing time, who knows.”

“All of this has put a screeching halt to everything in my life, including being able to tour or play any live shows after spring. It forced me to sadly and with a heavy heart cancel most tour dates with Zeal & Ardor in 2019. Right now I don’t know when I will be able to get back to touring or playing live shows. On some days it just feels like my body is trying to keep me down and take away the life I’ve built up for the past 15 years with a lot of hard work, conviction and all my heart and belief.

This is beyond not easy to accept or understand, and leads very fast into a black downward spiral of darkness and despair. But I’m trying to face it everyday and put all my energy towards hope and finding the power to endure everything it takes to get my life back, sooner or later.

Since I have a more or less invisible illness, you might see me and think I don’t look terribly sick, as I will not always look like the walking dead. You’ll probably only see me on my good days, having a drink with friends, laughing and appearing quite normal. But this illness is a 24/7 job I didn’t choose. The intensitiy of the symptoms vary extremely from day to day, and even hour to hour without a logical pattern.

There are days that I feel pretty good, and suddenly some hours or a day later this sickness will pull me down to where I’m not able to eat or leave my bed, and am left wishing that somebody could just cut out my gut and stop this nightmare. Luckily I was born a fighter, so I’m convinced that sooner or later I will find my way out of this mess, and I’m doing everything to retain my strong will, my strength and my light.”

“Through all this, I can call myself extremely lucky to have a support system of amazing friends who are bringing me strength, hope and deep conversations to get through all of this every day. I am beyond grateful to have the love of my life and rock in this storm standing beside me with neverending love and support. His encouragement motivates me to find a way out of this fog, hold on to the better days, keep getting out of the house and seeing the humor in things. This support adds tremendously to what keeps me from letting this disease drain my life and my strength.

I want to deeply thank @zealandardor , Radicalis GmbH ,AlyoshA and everyone involved for being so very understanding about this situation and not giving up on me. I really don’t know where I would be without every single one of you, your active support, and all your trust.

I am working every day towards getting back on stage to rock the shit out – I miss it too much, believe me.

Thank you for reading and not sending flowers.

Love, Mia 🖤 (In the meantime I will continue cuddling my Bass and be as productive as possible in my home -holding on to music which Im sure about will save my life once again.)

TL;DR You haven’t seen me because I’m fucking sick, genetic disorder, working on it, peace!”

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Part I: (TLDR at bottom) So here it is, the last day of 2019…a year that challenged me bigtime and showed me anew that there are some things we just can't control. Since I know some of you are wondering why I haven't been playing shows with Zeal&Ardor over the last months- here is the simple answer. I was just not able to. My body went offline and kept me down – and still does until today. I'm not writing my situation openly because I seek pity, but rather for the understanding and clarity of everyone involved or affected. So this year I got diagnosed with a debilitating sickness called Gastroparesis, which in my case is caused by Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Gastroparesis is a motility disorder of the stomach, that literally translates to „paralyzed stomach“. It means that the stomach fails to digest food and empty the way it should. Both are clinically incurable chronic diseases with unpredictable courses, and they bring many manifestations in the body. For me, they mainly express with heavy nausea, massive abdominal pain, vomiting, malnutrition challenges, fatigue, migraines and other funny things who are joining the party. I've spent most of this year's time visiting Docs, having weird medical examinations, encountering very dark places in my body and mind, and having a 3-month stay in a clinic to try to get it all together. It takes a lot of trial & error & patience, to this day there are not really effective treatments or known cures for this deseases. Nobody knows what the future will bring or what my healing journey will look like. So for the people who ask me are you STILL sick?! Yes I am. I wish nothing more than to not be, and maybe I also will be for some ongoing time, who knows. […]

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Part II: [..] All of this has put a screeching halt to everything in my life, including being able to tour or play any live shows after spring. It forced me to sadly and with a heavy heart cancel most tour dates with Zeal & Ardor in 2019. Right now I don't know when I will be able to get back to touring or playing live shows. On some days it just feels like my body is trying to keep me down and take away the life I've built up for the past 15 years with a lot of hard work, conviction and all my heart and belief. This is beyond not easy to accept or understand, and leads very fast into a black downward spiral of darkness and despair. But I'm trying to face it everyday and put all my energy towards hope and finding the power to endure everything it takes to get my life back, sooner or later. Since I have a more or less invisible illness, you might see me and think I don't look terribly sick, as I will not always look like the walking dead. You'll probably only see me on my good days, having a drink with friends, laughing and appearing quite normal. But this illness is a 24/7 job I didn't choose. The intensitiy of the symptoms vary extremely from day to day, and even hour to hour without a logical pattern. There are days that I feel pretty good, and suddenly some hours or a day later this sickness will pull me down to where I'm not able to eat or leave my bed, and am left wishing that somebody could just cut out my gut and stop this nightmare. Luckily I was born a fighter, so I'm convinced that sooner or later I will find my way out of this mess, and I'm doing everything to retain my strong will, my strength and my light. […]

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Sepultura, Nightwish, Enslaved, Etc. To Be Featured On 2018 Wacken Open Air Live Blu-Ray/DVD

A new Blu-Ray/CD/DVD featuring the 2018 edition of the Wacken Open Air festival is set to be released on July 26. The release, which is titled “Live At Wacken 2018: 29 Years Louder Than Hell,“ will feature audio mixed by Cameron Webb.

Track Listing:

DVD 1:

01. Sepultura – “Kairos”
02. Sepultura – “Sworn Oath”
03. Stiff Little Fingers – “My Dark Places”
04. An Theos – “Alean”
05. Dirkschneider – “Metal Heart”
06. Die From Sorrow – “Die From Sorrow”
07. Korpiklaani – “Henkselipoika”
08. Korpiklaani – “Metsämies”
09. Walking Dead On Broadway – “Song Of Courage”
10. Schandmaul – “Bunt Und Nicht Braun”
11. Schandmaul – “Pakt”
12. Doro – “I Rule The Ruins”
13. Nightwish – “Ghost Love Score”
14. Clawfinger – “The Price We Pay”
15. Blues Pills – “High Class Woman”
16. Running Wild – “Port Royal”
17. Mantar – “Cross The Cross”

DVD 2:

01. Soen – “Opal”
02. Riot V – “Thundersteel”
03. Riot V – “Angel’s Thunder, Devil’s Reign”
04. Knorkator – “Der Ultimative Mann”
05. Knorkator – “Buchstabe”
06. Night Demon – “Heavy Metal Heat”
07. Long Distance Calling – “Trauma”
08. Steel Panther – “Poontang Boomerang”
09. Ensiferum – “For Those About To Fight For Metal”
10. Helmet – “I Love My Guru”
11. Enslaved – “Sacred Horse”
12. Enslaved – “Allfadr Odinn”
13. Bonfire – “Ready 4 Reaction”
14. Zeal & Ardor – “We Can’t Be Found”
15. In Extremo – “Sternhagelvoll”
16. Helloween – “Pumpkins United”

Footage of Sepultura performing “Kairos” during the festival can be seen below:

Behemoth Announce European Dates With Whoredom Rife, Zeal & Ardor, And In Twilight’s Embrace

Behemoth have announced some European shows with Whoredom Rife, Zeal & Ardor, and In Twilight’s Embrace. Here’s the dates:

09/26 Wroclaw, POL – A2
09/27 Poznan, POL – MTP2
09/28 Katowice, POL – Spodek
09/29 Warszawa, POL – Expo XXI
10/02 Tallinn, EST – Helitehas
10/03 Riga, LAT – Palladium
10/04 Vilnius, LIT – Loftas
10/05 Gdansk, POL – B90
10/06 Krakow, POL – Tauron Arena