Spirited cultivated fervor

Base: Bavaria • Germany
Genre: Progressive Heavy Metal
Title: In Lucid
Format: Album
Label: Self-financed
Release: October 5th, 2018

Can there be anything better for a band than launching a promising debut album? Can there be anything more convincing for lovers of original and sophisticated PROGRESSIVE HEAVY METAL than "In Lucid"?

The clear as well as the only correct answer give SWEEPING DEATH with much fervor and passion! While the visionary formation from the Bavarian town of Wildsteig was already able to set a bold exclamation point in the matter of 'Potent Newcomer Hopefuls' with the previous EP "Astoria", the fit all-round talents with their new album provide an almost electrifying level of tension and far-reaching fascination.

Pic by Michael Poganiatz

After all, virtuosically interpreted, uplifting influences from the world of classical music found their way into the multi-faceted compositions, which also brings with it a wealth of unspent, fresh melodies on "In Lucid".

The individually created long-player can already join with the remarkably coherent opener "Blues Funeral" in the upper ranks of the genre. All songs breathe this creative, hungry spirit for authentically transformed innovation.

The equally capable as well as optimally rehearsed musicians around exceptional singer Elias ‚Eli‘ Witzigmann shoot a gigantic firework of imaginative enthusiasm in the scene.

Official release of the debut album "In Lucid":
October 5th 2018.

While many artists in the genre strive to create something organic, understandable, and, above all, timeless, SWEEPING DEATH gives free rein to their fantasy and imagination and let on "In Lucid" everything sound like from one single source.

Diverse acoustic passages, relaxing until evocative, tempting to dream and revel repeatedly, serves the quintet in the midst of a well-dosed, metallic basic hardness as an excellent leveling contrast serial.

By means of jagged-sparkling Thrash interactions the Bavarians enrich the sophisticated numbers quite intuitively, if individual sections of mood sheets require it - and this is guarantee for a variety of agile, dynamic and surprising moments.

Pic by Michael Poganiatz

Drummer Tobias Kasper convinces with the right instinct for dynamics and supports the multi-layered compositions with the necessary pressure. His influences, which is also especially inspired by the grand masters of noble classical music, and an above-average talent, brought Kasper a profound understanding of music over the years.

Thus, the tact-secure allrounder participated as actively as productive in the songwriting for "In Lucid". As an impressive keyboard virtuoso, he refines the compositions with elegant piano passages, which can give the whole thing a touch of eternity again and again.

Bassist Andreas Bertl emphasizes the arrangement with a clever mix of fast runs and accentuated melodies. Even the high-class guitar work together with finely thought-out harmony solos from the pen of guitar duo Markus Heilmeier and Simon Bertl should make it easy for the creators to make the breakthrough with "In Lucid" on the whole line.

Thus, this work as a whole is reminiscent of the glories of eternal icons such as Fates Warning and Psychotic Waltz, in order to wander into the past. At the same time, however, SWEEPING DEATH also brings many associations to Opeth's intoxicating magic moments in order to be able to see into their own future. (Markus Eck)

Hellish horror, vividly staged

SWEEPING DEATH present the new music video for the song 'Horror Infernal' to the Metal world on September 14th. This song will be featured on the debut album "In Lucid".

This time, the Bavarian shooting stars have focused fully on the two factors atmosphere and mood to bring the fans to the highest possible voltage with a very special music video.

Christian Podolski from Bodo-TV is responsible for the production and editing of the new video clip.


01. Eulogue 01:08
02. Blues Funeral 05:41
03. Horror Infernal 04:11
04. Suicide Of A Chiromantist 09:53
05. Purpose (Instrumental) 03:37
06. Resonanz 06:09
07. Antitecture 04:25
08. Lucid Sin 07:47
09. Stratus 05:59

total: 48:55 min.


Elias Witzigmann (lead vocals)
Simon Bertl (guitar/backing vocals)
Markus Heilmeier (guitar)
Andreas Bertl (bass)
Tobias Kasper (drums/piano)


2017: Astoria (EP)
2018: In Lucid (full-length)