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Ewigkeit - Cosmic Man album review

Underground experimentalist returns to the metal fold

Ewigkeit COSMIC MAN album art

Experimental one-man-band Ewigkeit maintained an eccentric, provocative presence in the British extreme metal underground circa 1997-2005, but after a decade of exploration, James Fogarty mothballed the project, citing the “tired, out-of-date” and “conservative” nature of metal in 2007. Ewigkeit returned in 2013 with an accessible, melodic, synth-glazed black metal album, Back To Beyond, an apparent conversion to conservatism that deepens on Cosmic Man. Pesky radical impulses forsworn, Ewigkeit employs the retro time-scoop that all the cool kids have been using this decade, pulling nuggets of 70s prog, doom, NWOBHM and Voivod out of 40-something childhoods like a kid in a sweetshop. And it’s glorious, the sound of a man falling in love with metal all over again. There are moments of aching melancholic beauty, but quirkily rampant, Hammond-driven metal heroism predominates, albeit through an unorthodox prism (Time Travelling Medicine Man is Solitude Aeturnus hijacked by EMF). However, the replication of Two Minutes To Midnight is no match for the ingenious, transcendent dub version of a Burzum song that closed the last album.

Chris has been writing about heavy metal since 2000, specialising in true/cult/epic/power/trad/NWOBHM and doom metal at now-defunct extreme music magazine Terrorizer. Since joining the Metal Hammer famileh in 2010 he developed a parallel career in kids' TV, winning a Writer's Guild of Great Britain Award for BBC1 series Little Howard's Big Question as well as writing episodes of Danger Mouse, Horrible Histories, Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed and The Furchester Hotel. His hobbies include drumming (slowly), exploring ancient woodland and watching ancient sitcoms.