Colchester Arts Center will feature heavy metal band Zeal & Ardor

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A cutting-edge band that mixes sounds of African-American spirituals with black metal will perform at a historic entertainment venue this weekend.

Zeal & Ardor, launched in 2013 and directed by Swiss-American Manuel Gagneux, will perform this Sunday at the Colchester Arts Center in Church Street.

The project started life as a solo effort, but three years later expanded into a full line-up after Gagneux signed with MVKA Records in 2016.

Gagneux is now supported by singers Denis Wagner and Marc Obrist, guitarist Tiziano Volante, bassist Mia Rafaela Dieu and drummer Marco Von Allmen.

Now based in Basel, Switzerland, after launching in New York, Zeal & Ardor will perform tracks from their first two albums Devil Is Fine and Stranger Fruit.

Songs from their debut EP Wake of A Nation are also likely to sell out, while previously unreleased releases from their upcoming album could also debut.

The door to the hall will be open to the public at 7 p.m. on the evening of the undoubtedly captivating show.

Tickets for the stand-up concert cost £17.50 and can be purchased by visiting colchesterartscentre.com or calling the box office on 01206 500900.

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