Jul 10

Eluveitie – Origins (2014)


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Eluveitie is one of the most significative folk metal bands out there, since their inception back in 2002 they had defined the folk metal sound one album at the time. This year, they are releasing their new album Origins. This album picks up where Helvetios (2012) left off, as their sound got more mature and heavy, and their music became more pragmatic, which also takes the folk metal style further in the search for that perfect equilibrium between metal and folk music.

Origins, presents a renewed Eluvietie as it features the new violin player Nicole, after the departure of Meri last year. This album is bigger, heavier, and it’s technically more challenging than Helvetios as the band continues their successful combination of folk sounds with metallic elements without saturate one another. Songs like Celtos, Vianna, and King are some of the most experimental songs within the album, the way in which Eluveitie combines upbeat melodies, and folk music really brings a new element to their sound, making it richer and appealing.

There is also a heavy component of this album, as the band keeps pushing things forward within their sound. Songs like, The Nameless, Sucellos, The Silver Sister, and Inception appear as the heaviest tracks within Origins, the display of brutality combined with the serenity of the folk elements are just magnificent on those songs. Personally, I would it mind if they play a couple of those songs live in their next tour.

The Call Of The Mountains is a song that follows the path left by A Rose For Epona in Helvetios, a really catchy song that exploits Anna‘s voice to the limit, enjoyable to listen, and it works as a link between the melodic side and the heavy side of the record. From Darkness, The Day Of Strife, and Carry The Torch, are the songs that keep up with the sound that Eluveitie had forged during their last 12 years. These songs bring a sense to balance to the album, as are the essence of Eluveitie‘s trademark sound.

Origins presents itself as an experimental and aggressive record, that at the same time is faithful to the sound the band had developed since their beginning. Origins, indeed compliments Helvetios, musically and as a continuation of Eluveitie‘s mission to create the best possible combination between folk music and metal.

Eluveitie Origins North American Tour 2014
With Tyr and Metsatöll

09/19 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
09/20 – Charlotte, NC – Chop Shop
09/21 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
09/22 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
09/23 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
09/25 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
09/26 – San Antonio, TX – Tequila Room at Backstage Live
09/27 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
09/29 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
10/02 – Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
10/03 – San Diego, CA – Ramona Mainstage
10/04 – Sacramento, CA – Assembly Music Hall
10/05 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro Opera House
10/06 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
10/07 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
10/08 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw
10/10 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
10/11 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Ballroom
10/13 – Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick
10/14 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
10/15 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
10/16 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews
10/17 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theater
10/18 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
10/19 – Quebec City, QC – Imperial
10/21 – Boston, MA – Royale
10/22 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza



01. Origins
02. The Nameless
03. From Darkness
04. Celtos
05. Virunus
06. Nothing
07. The Call Of The Mountains
08. Sucellos
09. Inception
10. Vianna
11. The Silver Sister
12. King
13. The Day Of Strife
14. Ogmios
15. Carry The Torch
16. Eternity

Genre: Folk Metal

Record Label: Nuclear Blast

Playing Time: 57 minutes

Line Up:

Merlin Sutter – Drums
Chrigel Glanzmann – Vocals, Mandola & Mandolin, Tin & Low Whistles, Bagpipes, Bodhràn
Anna Murphy – Hurdygurdy, Vocals, Flute
Nicole Ansperger – Fiddle
Ivo Henzi – Guitars
Rafael Salzmann – Guitars
Patrick Kistler – Tin & Low Whistles, Bagpipe
Kay Brem – Bass



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