German Progressive Metallers Sweeping Death is about to release their EP Tristesse on 9 September 2021. To get a taste, they have produced a music video for the song Alter The Rift.
Tristesse represents the Sweeping Death‘s third release, and although the recording started during the Covid pandemic, shortly after their last full-length In Lucid (2018), Sweeping Death already made the decision to release a concept EP next with the thematic focus on the number 3.
In the beginning, there was only the number. In the end, a concept EP with Arthur Schopenhauer’s “The World As Will And Idea” in thematic focus.
Tristesse is a wordplay. It is French for sadness. Further, the number 3 as a constantly recurring concept in nature and philosophy is the anchor point of ‘Tris+esse’. ‘Tri’ is Latin for ‘three’ and ‘esse’ means ‘being’. Thus ‘Tristesse’ stands for ‘three being’ or ‘trinity’.
Following the concept, the EP consists of 3 songs. Over the three songs, a journey of the lyrical I is to be described. Starting from the gloomy, cold and yet close to life first level over a transformation from within to the last, almost divine level.
Musically, the claim was quite clear to write songs that work in a live context. Sweeping Death reduced the complexity and focused a lot on catchy hooks and haunting melodies. The EP has dark sides inspired by bands like Mgła, Dissection and Tribulation as well as sublime parts reminiscent of classic Heavy Metal.
The artwork has been designed by Eliran Kantor (Testament, Satan, Helloween) and shows again the EPs concept, ‘trinity’. The transformation in three stages also has been graphically implemented.
Artwork painted by Eliran Kantor (Testament, Iced Earth, Sodom)
01. The World As Will (7:28 Min)
02. Alter The Rift (5:02 Min)
03. Sublime Me (7:29 Min)
All Music written by Sweeping Death
Recording/Editing by Markus Heilmeier
Mixed by Ola Ersfjord (Madrid, Spain)
Mastering by Chris Common (El Paso/Texas, USA)
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