Philosophical power trip

Base: Bavaria • Germany
Genre: Progressive Heavy Metal
Title: Tristesse
FFO: Tribulation, Opeth, Dissection
Format: EP
Label: Independent
Release: Sept. 09ᵗʰ, 2021

• EP of the highly regarded heavy metallers
• Absolutely independent, band-typical style
• Exciting, deeply thought-out lyrical concept

[ Official music video "The World As Will"
Production: Michelle Huith, Jasper Hinz & Michael Mergenthaler
@ Hochschule Augsburg • Germany ]

Lead vocalist Elias Witzigmann comments:
"It is with great pleasure that we present to you the new video for 'The World As Will', the opener of our new EP 'Tristesse'. This video was made during the lockdown. Friends of ours were looking for a topic for their final thesis in interactive media and asked us if we would like to do a project together.

So each of us individually went to Augsburg University of Applied Sciences in the spring of 2021 to get filmed. It was a strange feeling not to be able to do such a project together. In the end, however, this circumstance only underlines the theme of the song: 'The World As Will' tells of the beginning of a journey, out of the dark, first level to a more enlightened, almost divine sphere. A transformation process within, which everyone can only begin and end within themselves.

We have deliberately chosen a black and white video to visualize the darkness and also uncompromisingness of the first level. So in the course of the video, depending on the part, gloomy passages also alternate with sublime nature scenes. We are damn excited how you like it and invite you to start your own journey with 'The World As Will'."

[ Official music video "Alter The Rift"
Production: Christian Podolski | Bodo TV
@ Backstage Werk • Munich ]

[ Pic: Michael Poganiatz ]

The new EP "Tristesse" represents the band's third release, and although the recording started during the Covid pandemic, shortly after their last LP "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. 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.
The number 3 as a constantly recurring concept in nature and philosophy is the anchor point of 'Tris+esse' -> word play lat. for three-being. And English/French for sadness.

[ Artwork: Eliran Kantor ]

Remarkable is once again the sovereign, sophisticated, graphically high-quality work of guitarist Markus Heilmeier, a real DIY maniac, who made the complete layout of the EP including the CD label and thus made the whole thing a real gem.

[ Documentary • Episode 1 - Artwork ]

Musically, the claim was quite clear to write songs that work in a live context. So SWEEPING DEATH reduced the complexity and focused a lot on catchy hooks and haunting melodies. Musically, the EP has dark sides inspired by bands like Mgła, Dissection and Tribulation as well as sublime parts reminiscent of classic Heavy Metal.

[ Official music video "The World As Will" ]

The artwork was designed by Eliran Kantor (Testament, Satan, Helloween ...) close to the aforementioned band idea of "trinity". So you see the transformation in three stages also graphically implemented.
This time SWEEPING DEATH recorded all instruments except for the vocals on their own.
So the band had full control over sound and set-up. The mixing was done by Ola Ersfjord (Tribulation, Primordial, Morbus Chron) in Madrid, Spain. Topped off with mastering by Chris Common in El Paso, Texas, the new EP is sound-wise on an international level.


"Between The Hammer And The Anvil"
(Judas Priest cover) • July 2021:

[ Filmed: Verena Heilmeier • Video editing: Markus Heilmeier ]

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!

Spirited cultivated
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: 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.

[ Artwork: Adrian Baxter ]

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: 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)

[ Pic: Sweeping Death ]

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. The World As Will 07:28
02. Alter The Rift 05:02
03. Sublime Me 07:29

total: 19:53 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
2021 • Tristesse • EP

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