Eluveitie have announced that their new album “Ategnatos” will be released on April 5. The effort was recorded at New Sound Studio with engineer Tommy Vetterli and it was mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios.
Blabbermouth shared some information on the album’s concept, along with comments from Christian “Chrigel” Glanzmann:
On an LP both mystical and philosophical, ELUVEITIE propels mythology, pagan belief and spirituality into our modern world.
“This one almost became something like a socio-critical uncovering work,” says leader Christian “Chrigel” Glanzmann, “some kind of a revelation, a doomsday prophecy. Dark and severe in its atmosphere and charisma, and also occult, arcane and elitist.”
The album is a manifesto, a fast-paced, highly dramatic and embellished work on which today’s society sees itself in the mirror of ancient Celtic mythology and knowledge. “The image, of course, is blood-curling,” Chrigel adds with a bitter grin. “At least to those with eyes to see.” Far more than a pessimistic swan song for our world, however, “Ategnatos” holds the cathartic promise of renewal.
“‘Ategnatos’ is the Gaulish word for ‘reborn,'” Chrigel explains. “To the sharpened mind, it points out the concealed, long forgotten key to change and renewal.” This, naturally, comes at a price. “There’s always suffering before bliss. And always darkness before light.”
A work based on archaic archetypes and the ancient concept of renewal, “Ategnatos” unfolds an elemental force to be reckoned with. “These archetypes are still within us,” Chrigel says. “People didn’t change that much during the last 3000 years — and men were always just men.” No wonder the album follows a decidedly darker, monumental tone that suits them very well.