Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie shares first details of their upcoming album. It’s titled “Ategnatos” and comes out April 5th via Nuclear Blast Records. Read more about its concept below.
Eluveitie’s eighth full-length album “Ategnatos” is based on archaic archetypes and ancient concept of renewal. “We all wade through archetypes. We all ARE archetypes,” introduces the band the new concept. “Distant echoes of life both primaeval and noble. To embrace these archetypes, to accept them not only as a part of life but as life itself is what some may call enlightenment, some peace of mind. We call it “Ategnatos”.”
Where does the album title come from? Chrigel Glanzmann, the band leader, explains: “Ategnatos is the Gaulish word for ‘reborn’. To the sharpened mind, it points out the concealed, long forgotten key to change and renewal. There’s always suffering before bliss. And always darkness before light.” He continues: “This one almost became something like a socio-critical uncovering work, some kind of a revelation, a doomsday prophecy. Dark and severe in its atmosphere and charisma, and also occult, arcane and elitist. The image, of course, is blood-curling. At least to those with eyes to see.”
The new album is a manifesto, a mystical and philosophical work transmitting mythology, pagan belief and spirituality into today’s world. “These archetypes are still within us. People didn’t change that much during the last 3000 years – and men were always just men.”
“Ategnatos” was recorded at New Sound Studio with Tommy Vetterli. Commemorating their breakthrough album “Slania” released more than ten years ago, the band decided to return to Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden, and have the new record mixed by Jens Bogren once again. “Ategnatos” is Eluveitie’s first metal album with the new line-up after major line-up changes in 2016. For the first time, the band worked with a real string quartet and managed to finish recordings in a rather short period of time: “Yet it was radically different as we only had four weeks to record this time around – as compared to the eight weeks we had for ‘Origins’.”
The follow-up to 2014’s “Origins” comes out April 5. More details such as album tracklist and cover artwork will be revealed soon.