OCTOBER 16th 2014

Review by Metal Mom

Members of Eluveitie:
Merlin Sutter:  (Drums)
Anna Murphy: (Hurdygurdy, Vocals, Flute)
Rafael Salzmann:  (Guitar)
Chrigel Glanzmann: (Vocals, Mandola, etc.)
Kay Brem: (Bass)
Nicole Ansperger: (Fiddle)
Ivo Henzi: (Guitars)
Patrick Kistler: (Tin & Low Whistles, Bagpipe)

Hometown: Switzerland

Record Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Back in 2002, mastermind Chrigel Glanzmann initially formed the band ELUVEITIE, and now they have released their 6th album, Origins.  Ghrigel had a vision back then, and he has brought the band forward full force in 2014. You won’t be disappointed. For me, I forgot just how good they are. They deliver a whole unique style of metal. It’s more of a blend of Gothenburg melodic death with some ancient folk melodies, what they call a “New Wave of Metal”, and I can safely say, they have succeeded in being the most unique metal Swiss act to date with this style of music.

Track Listing:
 1. Origins
 2. The Nameless
 3. From Darkness
 4. Celtos
 5. Virunus
 6. Nothing
 7. The Call Of The Mountains
 8. Sucellos
 9. Inception
11. The Silver Sister
12. King
13. The Day of Strife
14. Ogmios
15. Carry The Torch
16. Eternity

Producer: Tommy Vetterli (KREATOR, CORONER).
Artwork: Chrigel Glanzmann

Ten years in they released their most critically acclaimed 5th studio album Helvetius (2012). After which the band toured extensively through North America/Europe/South America/Australia and Asia in support of Helvetius. In case you are not aware, there are now two new members in Eluveitie, guitarist Rafael Salzmann, who in the summer of 2012 took over strings for Simeon “Sime” Koch, and Ansperger who replaced long time violinist Meri Tadic.

Important to note here also is after strengthening the band, they also made history by being the first metal band to receive an award at the renowned Swiss Music Awards, by winning the “Best Live Act National”. After that, they entered the studio to create “Origins”.

The lyrics deal a lot with the celtic mythology, (aetiological tales from Gaul). Very intriguing melodies, or perhaps you could call them stories, but still retaining the heavy metal. But I have to warn you, the songs on this album are going to make you want to get up and do a  dance, not the norm of headbangers. These 16 tracks has something for everyone, every kind of metalhead out there. If you enjoyed Helvetios, its kind of a follow up to that album, but with much more.

This new wave of Folk Metal (death metal invasion/celtic folk) is a rare listen with exquisite flair, one I am sure you will all enjoy.

Did I enjoy, I think you can guess I did, I only had one issue with 1 song on here, and that was From Darkness, I didn’t enjoy the very steady consistent drum beat, but … it didn’t last long before it went to the great celtic beats again, which soon made you forget.