Zeal & Ardor

Saturn Presents:

Zeal & Ardor

Ecstatic Vision, Heavy Temple

Wed. May 8, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm



This event is 18 and over

Zeal And Ardor
Zeal And Ardor
By now, Zeal & Ardor’s performance at Roadburn 2017 has become the stuff of legends, the kind of thing youhad to be therefor (or were gutted to have missed)—but it almost didn’t happen.

The sound blew out twice during the 50 minutes Zeal & Ardor was allotted, leaving Swiss-American bandleader Manuel Gagneux and his backing musicians to troubleshoot as best they could on a silent stage facing hundreds of expectant faces. After the PA had sputtered out for the second time, Gagneux turned to the audience, his slight frame and clouds of black hair silhouetted against the blue lights and mounds of gear, an apologetic grin upon his face. Then, up from the crowd, came a ragged handful of voices, singing the chorus to the chills-inducing title track for his breakout album in unison: ”Devil is fine.” He leaned forward, and answered them—”Little one better heed my warning”—in that booming, bluesy voice of his, and the audience finished the couplet for him. He sang back the next line, and back came the thunderous chorus, rising from several hundred throats.

That call-and-response only lasted a few seconds, but its impact reverberated through the rest of the festival. Word of mouth is crucial for a band like Zeal & Ardor—a bedroom project-turned-juggernaut that rose to hyped-up prominence in a matter of months and is sustained by fan interest instead of major label machinery—and those 50 minutes in that church cemented the band’s reputation as The Next Big Thing in Metal.

“Having such a potentially devastating moment turn into such a supportive one is only a testament to the crowd of that festival,” Gagneux demurs,selling himself a bit short as is his habit. Lest we forget, Gagneux possesses an incredibly powerful, versatile voice, as well as a thoroughly original sound and the chops to pull it all together seamlessly. At the main event, despite all the setbacks and pre-show jitters, Gagneux and his crew did just fine, and really, it shouldn’t have come as any big surprise.

After all, he’s got the Devil on his side.
Ecstatic Vision
Ecstatic Vision
Ecstatic Vision introduce their brand of heavy primal psych influenced by groups like Hawkwind, Aphrodites Child, Olatunji, Can and early Amon Duul ll. Formed in Philadelphia in late 2013 to primarily "play what they wanted to hear," the band quickly rose to those in the know as a force to be reckoned with and signed to Relapse Records on the power of a demo and their psychedelic freak out, primal live concerts.
Heavy Temple
Heavy Temple
Band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Band Members:
(current lineup)
High Priestess Nighthawk (low end and vocal power)
Siren Tempest (rhythm)
Thunderhorse (6 string axe slinger)

Philadelphia, PA

Hard Fuzz, Psych and Doom
Venue Information:
200 41st Street S
Birmingham, AL, 35222