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FORTID - Frontman Issues Updates About Next Album And Talks About Side Projects

Einar Thorberg, founder and frontman of Norwegian extreme pagan metallers Fortid has issued an update on the progress of the band’s fifth full-length album: "The drums have been finalised, and we’re well into the pre-production stage and happy with the way things are progressing.  With this album I didn’t want to make a repeat of 2012’s Pagan Prophecies or any of our other albums come to that, so there will be more diversity in tempo, and maybe even an occasional flirtation with pop/rock, but not enough to upset our fans. The lyrical concept of the album deals with the quest for knowledge and a deeper understanding of oneself and the universe through Nordic tradition and the story of Odin. The lyrics will be in Icelandic, which is my mother tongue and allows me to express myself more personally and deeply than I could in any other language."
Fortid was founded in 2002 by Einar in Iceland as a solo project, but later has grown into the permanent group with Einar Thorberg (guitars and vocals), Øystein Hansen (ex Thornbound - guitars), Rikard Jonsson (Forsefed Horsehead, ex Deject - bass) and Daniel Theobald (Curse, Den Saakaldte, Etherial Forest, Sarkom - drums). Also mainman Einar Thorberg has other side projects, one of them is Midnattsvrede, who were dormant since 1994, but are active again and set to release a split album with another of his projects Curse. In July Thorberg will hit the stage at the Eistnaflug Music Festival in Reykjavík , Iceland, with Potentiam, the band that he fondly refers to as “the slowest working band there is”. Despite this, after 16 years Potentiam is still going strong, with drums and half the guitars already recorded on what will be the band’s fourth full-length album which will feature eight tracks in the gloom-laden style for which Potentiam is known. And if this is not enough Einar has also finished recording an album with Gudmundur Óli Pálmason from Solstafir. This, as he calls it "experimental pet project" is named Unknown Circle. Link