Swedish gothic rock act Scheitan is back following a 24 year hiatus since the band’s “Nemesis” album which was released via Century Media Records in 1999. The new single “Lost In Time” digs even deeper into the gothic vibe that was present on “Nemeis” and is dedicated to the people of Ukraine.
Listen to “Lost In Time” now (in 2 formats: Demo version & final version mixed by Daniel Bergstrand (DugOut Sturdio) via Spotify or any other digital streaming platform. The single will be also available via Scheitan’s Bandcamp and The Circle Music Bandcamp.
A video was also shot for the track and is available online here: https://youtu.be/-SRz9CFW0Ec
Scheitan has signed to The Circle Music for the release of their comeback album, which is scheduled for 2024. Further information is to be announced soon.
Pierre Törnkvist, Scheitan mastermind, comments: “I had a really tough time deciding what to do with this track. First I was looking for a new project name but as time passed by I realised this had to be presented under the Scheitan-banner as it was so close musically to what was presented on “Nemesis” except for the vocals, which was the last piece missing.
“The song is dedicated to the people of Ukraine. I wrote the lyrics for the song as the Russian tanks entered into the suburbs of Kyiv. Myself being a father I spent a lot of time thinking about having to take the decision to leave everyone and everything you love for a higher cause. I also thought a lot about all the Ukrainian soldiers who went to the frontlines, leaving their loved ones to face death. The lyrics say “I have been turning down the things I have desired”, the desire of most people is just to be with the ones they love – the ultimate sacrifice is to give all that up in exchange for the freedom and safety of other people.
“We played with Helltrain in Kyiv in 2011, both before and after the show we made friends for life. I will never forget the warmth and kindness of the Ukrainian people,I highly doubt that I will ever experience such a concert again.”
Regarding the signing to Greek label, The Circle Music, Törnkvist says: “I was really happy to sign with The Circle Music. From our short contact prior to signing the contract I could feel that we share a common view of music and I also think that we will work very well together to reach common goals. The Circle Music met my demands with 100% accuracy and I am looking very much forward to working together.“
Scheitan was formed in 1996 by Pierre Törnkvist (guitar/bass/vocals) together with Oscar Karlsson (drums). The duo started out as a black metal band but transformed during the musical journey into the fields of gothic/ambient rock. Both members had previous musical experience mainly from death & black metal such as The Moaning, Defleshed, The Everdawn and Gates of Ishtar to name a few and became to establish themselves as respected musicians in the 90s underground scene.
Scheitan released its first album Travelling in Ancient Times on Invasion Records in 1996. The album was an 8-track blast of intense black metal except for the last track Portals of Might which was a first indication of Scheitan wanting to explore other musical realms. The second album Berzerk 2000, also released on Invasion Records in 1998 was an album that was divided to say the least. The first 4 tracks showing a gothic/ambient Scheitan while the last 3 saw Scheitan bid a final farewell to its black metal roots. The first 4 tracks of Berzerk 2000 saw a digital re-release in 2021 as the Deathgoth EP.
Century Media signed the band after the contract with Invasion was finished and in 1999 the band recorded and released Nemesis. The musical style was now completely devoted to the gothic/ambient/dark domain except for the vocals of Pierre Törnkvist who were still kept in the harsh style that was present on earlier albums. The Nemesis album has in later days been hailed as a hidden gem and predecessor to many bands today with a similar style.
When it was time to write new Scheitan material after Nemesis both Pierre and Oscar felt that it did not fit into the project and therefore Helltrain was started, which is a completely different story.
Scheitan went on a 24-year hiatus but was brought back to life in 2023 with the single Lost In Time, a gothic rock masterpiece in the veins of Sisters of Mercy, Fields of The Nephilim and The 69 Eyes. A few weeks prior to the release of the single Scheitan signed to Greek label The Circle Music and is set to release a full-length album in 2024.