Swedish gothic rock act Scheitan have released a music video for their next single “Believe”. “Believe” is taken off their upcoming album “Songs for the Gothic People” and the single is available on all digital platforms.
Scheitan have recently returned following a 24-year hiatus, and will release a new album “Songs for the Gothic People” on 22 May 2024 via the Greek label The Circle Music. The new album further explores the gothic vibe that was present on their ”Nemesis” album, released by Century Media Records in 1999.
The music video for “Believe” can be viewed right below.
Guitarist, multiinstrumentalist and vocalist Pierre Törnkvist comments on the new single: ““Believe” was one of the earlier tracks I wrote for the new album. Ghost had just released their song “My Little Sunshine” and I was inspired by the tempo of the track, I think it has a certain groove to it. Mr. Forge is one of the most prominent songwriters of our time so catching a bit of inspiration from him can’t do any harm. To me, the lyrics have a double edge. At first glance, they could be seen as written from a pure “I” perspective, what “I believe”. But one could also interpret it as a general “I believe” followed blindly by many people. They all claim to believe in some kind of “god” and “goodness” but there is more fire than ever in the world, look at Ukraine, Israel, Gaza and all acts of terror constantly committed in the name of “god”. Maybe your “gods” are not the gods they claim to be?”
Pre-orders for the LP and CD version of “Songs for the Gothic People” are available now via The Circle Music.
Scheitan emerged in 1996, founded by Pierre Törnkvist on guitar, bass, and vocals, alongside Oscar Karlsson on drums. Initially a black metal ensemble, the group transitioned into gothic/ambient rock over time. Both Törnkvist and Karlsson, were already quite seasoned in death and black metal through bands like The Moaning, Defleshed, The Everdawn, and Gates of Ishtar.
The band’s debut “Travelling in Ancient Times” was unveiled in 1996 through Invasion Records, featuring eight tracks of intense black metal, with the closing piece, “Portals of Might,” hinting at Scheitan’s evolving musical direction. Their sophomore effort, “Berzerk 2000” (1998, Invasion Records), showcased a mix of styles: the first half revealed a gothic/ambient sound, while the latter part marked Scheitan’s departure from black metal. A segment of “Berzerk 2000” was digitally reissued as the “Deathgoth” EP in 2021.
Post-Invasion Records, Century Media welcomed Scheitan, leading to the 1999 release of “Nemesis”. This album fully embraced a gothic/ambient/dark aesthetic, though Törnkvist’s vocals retained their initial harshness. The creation of new material post-“Nemesis” led Törnkvist and Karlsson to form Helltrain, diverging from the Scheitan project.
After a 24-year break, Scheitan returned in 2023 with “Lost In Time”, a single echoing the gothic rock of Sisters of Mercy, Fields of The Nephilim, and The 69 Eyes. Shortly before “Lost in Time”, the band joined Greek label The Circle Music, planning a full-length album release in 2024.
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