Mainman James Fogarty of the British left-field metal band EWIGKEIT has announced the end of the group as an active project.
Commented Fogarty: "It is almost 10 years to the day when I started to record the first EWIGKEIT album. Since then, I have experimented as much as is possible within the confines of metal and all its sub-genres (black, death, stoner, electronic, ambient). I must now venture beyond those restrictive boundaries — so therefore I must say that this is the end of a chapter, and the good ship EWIGKEIT must be 'scuttled' in order to make way for a new and improved vessel which will be a collaborative effort with a nuclear drive. I'll always incoporate an element of metal into what I do, but I need to sail under different colors now.
"There are other reasons for not continuing this project too — a big one is past associations with extreme metal; there are some fine bands out there, but in general, it's a tired out-of-date form of music that has totally lost touch with it's origins.
"Metal in general has commited the ultimate crime and become conservative in the extreme. Playing death metal in 2007 is the equivalent of listening to big-band jazz in the mid '60s when everything was changing.
"As for the new album? Yes — that WILL be finished and released — but NOT to promote a music project [whose] back catalogue is owned by someone else.
"I will be making available three more album releases for nothing via www.deathtomusic.com (to add to the two already available); if you want to know when they are available — AND you would like to be informed of when the new collaborative project will be launched and its album released — please, submit your email address to the mailing list (email@example.com).
"Lastly — thanks to all who have supported me over the years with EWIGKEIT. Some of you have become distant, some have become strangers, some copied ideas — others even tried to sabotage what I was doing — but I can forgive and forget. It's time to move on.
"So anyway, I look forwards to launching my new collaborative project within the next six months, and I hope you will continue to support my work!"