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Album Review

Pagan or folk-metal, in which pummeling drums and roaring guitars match up with keening flutes and acoustic instruments from various folk cultures, has become one of the fastest-growing subgenres in metal, and Eluveitie created a sensation with their second full-length CD, 2008's Slania. This follow-up takes things to extremes, though, as the members of the Swiss eight-piece have put down their electric instruments and instead recorded an atmospheric, entirely folk-style record. Granted, they've done acoustic instrumental tracks on previous discs — "Samon," "Anagantios," and "Giamonios" on Slania all plowed a similarly traditionalist groove — but the focus on those sounds this time out offers Eluveitie the opportunity to expand their listener base beyond the metal audience. Their compositions continue to have the anthemic, cathartic power of metal, even without blastbeats or guitar solos, but there's an ominous feeling throughout Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion, particularly when Anna Murphy's hurdy-gurdy and new member Päde's flutes and whistles are droning and keening from the speakers. You'll be forgiven for looking down, expecting to see mist curling around your feet. Vocals in Gaulish, mostly by Murphy but sometimes by bandleader Chrigel Glanzmann, accentuate the Old World (really old — the language predates Latin) vibe. The songs are all relatively short, and bracketed by intro and outro tracks as well as the short spoken piece "A Girl's Oath," so this journey into Europe's mystical past comes in under an hour, perfect for short modern attention spans. At the same time, it marks Eluveitie as one of the most interesting bands within their genre, and whets one's appetite for their return to full-blown metal.

Customer Reviews

Completely Unique

This is an incredible record. There is no other record like it anywhere in the world. Most of the lyrics are in the Gaulish language which is what the Gauls would have spoken at the time of the Gallic Wars of Julius Caesar. I read an interview with the band that explained the meaning of each song, and the emotional tone of the subject matter comes through very well here. The musicianship is off the charts. Track 10 is an actual Gaulish curse against the Romans if you listen real close you can here the Latin names. This is not a metal record but it is without a doubt an Eluveitie record.

Flawless and Beautiful :D

For an acoustic album of real Folk instruments, it is amazing! Personally, I get a spiritual feeling with this album. From the first time I ever heard their song, "Inis Mona", the folk instruments caught my attention because it's the first time I've ever heard music so interestingly amazing and cultural. Goes to show, that Metal doesn't always have to be, the a bellowing-metal vocals, with a Heavy distorted guitar and the crazy double-pedal drums. Folk music is just as Metal :) ROCK ON ELUVEITIE! CHEERS!!! :)

AMAZING!!!

I love Eluveitie, have ever since I heard Inis Mona for the first time. I bought the other two albums within a day of having heard them. And this album has not disappointed. True, it isn't metal, but I love how the Eluveitie feel still came through. Their musicianship and their ability to weave emotion into songs has only increased. One of my favorite pieces in this album is "Within the Grove." It's a perfect lead in for the next song on the album. I highly recommend this to all fans of Eluveitie, if for no other reason than to appreciate how they can move between the two worlds.

Biography

Formed: Switzerland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Swiss folk-metal band Eluveitie incorporate folk instrumentation such as hurdy-gurdy, flute, and pipes into an otherwise traditional death metal style, also adding a pagan element channeled through lyrics in the Gaulish language (a dead language in the Celtic family that predated Latin throughout Western Europe). The band is comprised of Chrigel Glanzmann (vocals), Ivo Henzi (guitar), Siméon Koch (guitar), Rafi Kirder (bass), Anna Murphy (hurdy-gurdy), Meri Tadic (violin), Sevan Kirder (whistles,...
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