Eluveitie – Everything Remains (As it Never Was) (2010) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Everything Remains (as it never was) - Album CoverThey did it! Bingo! The 2010 and 4th full length album ‘Everything Remains (As it Never Was)‘ from the Swiss Pagan Folk band ‘Eluveitie‘ clearly is an improvement over the already pretty good former production ‘Slania‘ (Yes, folks, I know, there was Evocation I in between – in time I will review this one as well. Perhaps, LOL) .

It is much more melodious, but still enough aggressive Melodeath remaining in it to convince. And all that delivered in their own household style and brand. Now we can actually hear the hurdy-gurdy (hello and welcome, Anna), fiddles and the flutes. And not too many annoying bagpipes in the background screeching away.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Eluveitie – Slania (2008) – Review

Record Rating:  5 Star  Apple Music Badge – Liked what you found? Buy with Amazon!

RockmusicRaider Review - Eluveitie - Slania - Album CoverSlania, Slania – voice of a distant past – ode to Helvetian and Celtic times, when the tribes ruled – as far as they could until the Romans arrived and made a difference. It appears that Chrigel Glanzmann, the lead singer of the Swiss band ‘Eluveitie‘ saw the name of this girl on a ancient slab of stone and decided to name a song and their 2nd full studio album after her. Nice story, by the way: Se non è vero, è ben trovato – as we say in Italian.

Stories about people long dead in the unmistakable style of ‘Eluveitie‘ that they started to develop in this record for the first time after the weaker former creations.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Eluveitie – Helvetios (2012) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Eluveitie - Helvetios - Album CoverAh thank you, oh Helvetian Ones! You just have to love the drummer on steroids that the Swiss band Eluveitie (apparently the old pagan name of today’s Switzerland) employs. This guy seems to work himself from one nervous breakdown frenzy to another on his drums.

Combined with the savvy mix of modern day and archaic instruments AND again together with the usual growls and rumblings, ‘Helvetios‘ becomes an astonishing piece of Pagan Melodic Death Metal  or Folk Metal. Good work from the band around Chrigel Glanzmann – ‘Tis not bad at all.

The purists may lament (as they always do..) that there is too much mainstream that crept into the record.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Eluveitie – Origins (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Eluveitie - Origins - Album CoverGrrooowwwl!! Rrrummmbbllle!! Well, hells bells! A bunch of very talented people trying to destroy their music? Freight train gone astray? Drummer had too much energy drink? Fiddler out of control?? WTF!! But – to my own amusement – I do like it, harsh vocals and all. Origins from Eluveitie is good stuff, make no mistake.

Their music has an aggressive freshness that makes you go back, wanting some more. Kind of an addictive hate-love affair. But it does take some getting used to – an acquired taste, as one of my co-reviewers opined. And in all fairness, it is much more melodic than some of their counterparts; meaning – not hard enough for die-hard death metal fans.Got hooked? Raid this some more...