Ewigkeit - _Conspiritus_
(Earache Records, 2005)
by: Jackie Smit (
Earache definitely weren't doing Ewigkeit's last effort, _Radio Ixtlan_, any favours when they announced to the world that it was heavy metal's answer to _The Dark Side of the Moon_. Such bold claims were more than likely part and parcel of certain critics' apparent hard-on to tear the record a proverbial new one, despite it showing off an impressive clutch of very interesting ideas.Encouragingly, these ideas are now explored with greater depth and maturity on _Conspiritus_, while most importantly James Foggarty has also addressed the inconsistency issues which plagued _Radio Ixtlan_. The result is a markedly more engrossing and thematic listening experience, musically hinting at everything from Samael to Moby, but with a singular atmospheric strand running throughout. Any trace of his work in Meads of Asphodel has been erased as well, with Foggarty's (by turns) very impressive clean vocals being given room to truly shine amidst the blend of guitars, synth and programmed drums.As captivating as the record's first thirty minutes are however, one can't help but notice the decline in creative momentum as songs like "How to Conquer the World" draw the album to a close. Sounding muddled and just a hint too narcissistic, they don't do the album any favours. Yet, for the amount of improvement shown over _Radio Ixtlan_, _Conspiritus_ is proof enough that there's a wealth of momentous work just begging to be unleashed from Camp Foggarty, and chances are that we'll be hearing it sooner rather than later.
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