Comprised solely of Mr. Fog, aka James Fogarty, the UK experimental solo-project Ewigkeit released its last album, Back to Beyond, in 2013. I’m assuming that what the PR wire means by “commercially available” in the info below is physically distributed, which is fair enough. In that case, it goes back more than a decade to 2005’s Conspiritus, which came out on Earache. What piqued my interest, aside from the phrase “sign with Svart,” which I almost always take as a sign that something is worth checking out, is the blend of influences Fogarty talks about in discussing the album’s range, from The Doors to black metal. Have to wonder what that all sounds like when brought together, and with the endorsement behind it that it has, it would seem to bode well for the realization to come.
Might be one to look out for, is all I’m saying. That’s all I’m saying.
From the PR wire:
EWIGKEIT sign with SVART for next album, features In The Woods… vocalist
Fresh from contributing vocals/guitars/keys to the recent, widely acclaimed In The Woods… album pure, James Fogarty is now completing work on a new album for his long-running solo effort Ewigkeit – the first commercially available release since 2005’s Conspiritus album, on Earache Records.
“I have been working on a collection of songs which has a wide-ranging inspiration from the past 45-50 years of rock/metal, from The Doors, Hawkwind, and Sabbath, through the NWOBHM era and the extreme metal of the ’90s, right up until today,” says Fogarty. “It’s the most guitar-centered material I have ever recorded, and certainly owes a lot to my all-time favourite bands, from classic rock through to black metal.”
Of the album’s themes, Fogarty reveals, “Lyrically, I have been greatly inspired recently by the literary works from the psychedelic underground – authors such as Terence McKenna, Robert Anton Wilson, and Dr Rick Stein. So, it’s basically a mish-mash of personal philosophy, scientific conjecture, stoned ramblings, and the schizophrenically esoteric, which, all in all, unintentionally, verges on the outrageously pretentious.”
To release the as-yet-untitled album, Fogarty has decided to team up with much-respected left-field and experimental metal label Svart Records of Finland. “For Svart Records to work with me on the new Ewigkeit material is great,” he beams. “This is a new beginning for Ewigkeit, and I am excited to be working on new material. They are the perfect label, owing to their embrace of the more experimental and psychedelic underground metal bands from over the last 10 years, and having a good understanding of music from the past, present, and future – that’s the new Ewigkeit material in a nutshell.”
The new, as-yet-untitled Ewigkeit album is nearing completion and will be released by Svart Records in the spring of 2017.