Gallery: Swiss Avant-Garde Metal Band Zeal & Ardor Played El Club in Detroit with Norwegian Multi-Instrumentalist Sylvaine and New York’s Imperial Triumphant (9-18-2022)

Since its launch in November 2015, Fresh is the Word has been a documentation of for sorts for music/pop culture journalist Kelly “K-Fresh” Frazier, as they journey through their love of music and pop culture, as well as using this platform to share they growth on topics important to women, people of color and the LGBTQ community through the artistic lens of pop culture. As an ever evolving podcast, K-Fresh is going back to his roots focusing more on the music artists they are passionate about from the past and present. From the classic hip-hop artists they grew up on, to the new faces of dance, and from the metal bands they’ve long appreciated to the indie pop artist stealing their heart, Fresh is the Word aims to tell the stories of those who need their contributions to music known, while also exposing their audience to the next artists to watch out for (sometimes before they blow up!).

On September 18th, 2022, Swiss avant-garde, metal band Zeal & Ardor hit the El Club in Detroit on their North American tour along with Norwegian multi-instrumentalist Sylvaine and New York metal band Imperial Triumphant. This tour encompasses the experimental nature of heavy metal. Zeal & Ardor’s latest self-titled album was released earlier this year via MVKA. Formed in 2013, Zeal & Ardor mixes sounds of African-American spirituals with black metal and caught a huge buzz with their 2016 album Devil Is Fine, continued on with Stranger Fruit in 2018.

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Sylvaine is the solo project of Kathrine Shepard, a multi-instrumentalist based in Norway. Her most recent album, Nova, was released via Season of Mist in March 2022, her third full-length with the label after 2016’s Wishful and 2018’s Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone. With atmospheric death metal landscapes, Sylvaine music is like a hazy dream, both on record and live. The main reason I hit this show.

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Imperial Triumphant is just cool. They are said to draw their sound from their home of New York. Clad in these elegant but evil looking masks, there’s a beauty and a darkness that comes through in the visuals and the music. Based in death metal, Imperial Triumphant experiments with the rhythms of jazz, creating both tension and eerie moods within the cast of death metal. It might take a while for people to catch on how important this band is to landscape of new music.

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Kelly "K-Fresh" Frazier
Kelly "K-Fresh" Frazier has been an online advocate for Detroit hip-hop, electronic, and rock music for over a decade now. As a tastemaker in the Detroit scene, he writes about the city's music and culture through various forms of social media along with publications both here in Detroit and internationally. Outside of writing, he is a well-respected DJ within the city who has played numerous gigs in many of Detroit's most legendary venues