“New Legion was inspired by a series of paintings by MANDEM, in part combining the myth of Medusa with contemporary themes of feminism and darker issues such as assault. I won’t try to further explain the artists’ intent for fear of leaving out something crucial, but a particular piece sparked the idea of summoning female entities of myth and folklore in retaliation of the mistreatment of women. I used the biblical demon Legion as a template, referring to the idea of many forces in the guise of one: ‘My name is Legion, for we are many.'”
Ego Likeness, the long running musical project of artist Steven Archer and writer Donna Lynch, presents the long awaited new album When The Wolves Return. The duo blends powerful female vocals with elements of electronica, darkwave, trip hop, and rock. In the time between Breedless and When The Wolves Return, Donna and Steven faced a series of personal battles… sickness. Deaths. Personal demons. The couple found themselves in dark places. The resultant years of struggle tribulations, and eventual triumph are all represented in When The Wolves Return. As Donna says, “You will hear all of this on it. Not in specific words, but it’s all there, in metaphor. It is the hardest thing I’ve had to write yet, lyrically.” The album is, at its core, an artistic act of emotional self-evisceration. It is the product of pain felt and caused. Of suffering and loss and chaos and desperation. It is a confessional; it is words and sounds that have come from fighting back, and from the growth to understand that the Wolves are still out there. The album is beautiful and it is at times heart shattering. It is also a glorious testament to survival and strength.