Eluveitie (Switzerland) – Origins | http://eluveitie.ch/
It was Eluveitie‘s Slania album that first grabbed my attention in 2008 and I’ve been following them since. Of all the bands I’ve heard that blend metal with traditional instruments, Eluveitie do it in a way that never sounds gimmicky or forced. I also find their lyrics fascinating, which are mostly based on ancient Gaulish texts and invocations.
I follow the band on all of the usual social media sites and over the last month up to Origins’ release, there was a lot of promotional material posted including two video singles. Through willpower and patience, I somehow managed to avoid all spoilers. Prior to pressing the play button on the evening of release day, I hadn’t heard a single note.
I absolutely adore 2012’s Helvetios and my hopes were very high for Origins. Not only have the band matched the quality and dynamics of Helvetios, I believe they’ve taken the next step in both musicianship and production.
At the end of my first listen through the album, one of the first things that came to mind was just how inspired and exciting Merlin Sutter‘s drumming has become. I also noticed that the traditional instruments were more consistently featured, which is something I very much appreciate. I was happy to hear that Alexander Morton had returned as one of the narrators, and that Nicole Ansperger‘s playing as the band’s new fiddler, is a perfect fit.
Eluveitie‘s new album is everything I’d hoped for along with many pleasant surprises. This kind of quality work should be applauded and I genuinely hope that Origins is a huge success for the band.