Estatic Fear is alive, and another album is projected to be released one day. Not too soon though.
The latest message from Estatic Fear's Matthais Kogler:
No problem - Your calls are welcome but you are right - at the moment I am quite busy with work (will get better - i hope)
concerning the questions:
1. prefered music style:
still quite a bit of metal, classic stuff, a little bit of jazz (but iґm rather into the slow, smooth side)
and yes - iґd still do some of the stuff you mentioned (just because i am a well organized, functional, hard-working and whatever person during the day and i still treasure those feelings of my different side)
[about the planned release]
and the miracle is actually lying right in front of me (or parts of it on a disc, but you know - time is something i have not as much as iґd like at the moment...)
2. [about possibility of collaborations with musicians who played with Haggard] sounds interesting - we are not at this stage yet but iґll keep that in mind (and thanks a lot for the offer) - you mentioned something about some covers in the web somewhere - any links ?
3. [spreading or selling Estatic Fear scores and notes] on my TO-DO list for quite some time yet - I hope iґll be able to get some scores released soon (but to be quite frank - iґd be more interested in interpretations and variations of the stuff)
4. [on Claudia Schoftner from A Sombre Dance singing funk] Claudia used to sing with a Microphone (if I remember correctly she had her own with her) and concerning the statue [Somnium Obmutum album art]: some dumbass smashed it about a week after the release of the album (never got hold of the one who did it - lucky him / her) - it used to be in old castle atop of linz, my place of origin
hope you are well !
wish you and my Russian friends all the best !
Additionally, I talked with him on phone on various subjects including his release plans, music industry etc. More info coming soon.
The reason keeping Matthias from releasing new masterpieces he composed is not money - in fact there is no need for fans' financial support of recording and releasing. The obstacle is the lack of time, as Matthias is absolutely consumed with his career.
PS: my latest messages to Matthias - to make it clear what this message is about
Pardon for bombing you with phone calls, you are probably busy with work these days.
I hope I did not annoy you - the Russian-speaking fan community is boiling with questions they would like to ask you and praise to your music.
For example, what are your preferred musical genres now, would you still record neoclassical doom/death metal? Or anything else, anything different? In either case, one of the fans commented that no matter what you play, a new release from you will be perceived as a miracle.
Another question is about guest musicians you would like to invite for recording. For example, there are many symphonic musicians who played with Haggard, who you could reach via Internet.
Yet another question is about Somnium Obmutum and A Sombre Dance scores, if you can share or sell them. And besides, if you could share some drafts/notes/samples of your new creations.
Finally, did Claudia Schoftner really sing funk with Mirkophonics and where is the statue from Somnium Obmutum cover art located?
and the latest one I sent him
I'm spreading the info that you are planning to resurface in the scene some day in the future among various Estatic Fear communities, and I could try to create a centralized open and semi-official Estatic Fear forum on Ultimate Metal - for spreading the news and forming a centralized international EF community, what do you think?
Internet is such a great mean to get musicians together. Like, one of the fans - Zaid from Iran - even managed to find flutist Franz Hageneder on FaceBook - we sent him our appreciation for contributing to your album.
Some other - brilliant and authentic - musicians who might fit your music are, for example, Luc Arbogast (belle canto and Irish bouzouki, http://www.youtube.com/watch?
BTW, some of the bands and genres I'm into are (rather chaotically) listed here:
I'm also into funk, and I have Claudia's recordings with Mirkophonics ;)
Here they are: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=
It's a pity to hear that statue got smashed... Overall, I'm so shocked that in German Oldenburg and Hamburg some ancient buildings and statues are vandalized with ugly graffitti tags. Oh, the youth, the ruthless youth with their short-sited consumerist values spread over mass-media...
Ok, so, here you go, Estatic Fear covers I found:
EF variations with keyboard by a Spanish guy:
Belarusian guy playing pieces of Somnium Obmutum and A Sombre Dance
Chapter VII, a guy from Viet Nam
Des Nachtens Suss's Gedone, same guys from Viet Nam
Chapter I, same guy from Viet Nam
Chapter VII, a guy from Mexico
Des Nachtens Suss's Gedone, another guy from Viet Nam
Chapter VII, the second guy from Viet Nam
Chapter I, vocal cover a capella by a girl from Romania
Chapter IV, a Turkish guy
Somnium Obmutum, another Turkish guy
Des Nachtens Suss's Gedone, наш
Des Nachtens Suss's Gedone, a Russian guy
Chapter IX, a Russian guy
Intro, an Algerian guy
Des Nachtens Suss's Gedone, a little Bosnian kid :)
Des Nachtens Suss's Gedone, a guy from Estonia
Des Nachtens Suss's Gedone, another guy from Mexico
Des Nachtens Suss's Gedone, third guy from Viet Nam
Des Nachtens Suss's Gedona, another guy from Russia
Chapter VII, a guy from Albania
Chapter I, vocal cover by a girl from Viet Nam
A cover by Moroccan guy; he added his own lyrics ;)
A girl from Mexico headbanging to one of the chapters :)
A low-quality recording of a ghostly cover by a German girl:
A guy from UK performing some fragments