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. AND they do not even paint their faces or pour blood all over themselves to make a point.

The Swiss band ‘Eluveitie‘ try to mix Pagan Folk with some sort of Melodic Death Metal elements and this has – I must admit – earned them some fame in the scene. They like to call their style Folk Metal, but no, I disagree. I am gonna call it something like Melodic Death Metal Folk

Listening to the texts on ‘Origins’, they seem to tell about old Helvetic and Celtic times, when Caesar ruled and the tribes did not. But then why are the various intros and outros in some sort of Swiss German tainted Scottish dialect? Good grief, folks!! Just sounds terrible – like Braveheart on a friggin’ bad day. Next thing we know, you ARE going to paint your faces blue, yelling Freedom at every occasion. This space should be used for some more refreshing  music.

But back to ‘Origins‘, the album: Skipping the Intro (no doubt…), the first song hits hard with ‘The Nameless‘, taking the tune of the Intro through it as a ‘fil rouge’ – so at least some good came out of it. I do like ‘From Darkness‘ and ‘Celtos‘, very well structured and executed. Good job! 

The odd tune out is ‘Call of the Mountains‘. This sounds like something ‘Faun’ would produce on one of their rockier days, were they to sing in English and continue in their new direction – which is to say to move away from their former weirdo psychedelic tune making. I take it Eluveitie produced this track to attract some mainstream listeners, who like a more melodic tune, not having it constantly disturbed by Death Grunts and Harsh Vocals. Beautifully interpreted by Anna Murphy, the song has a chance to climb the charts.

The centerpiece of ‘Origins‘ is ‘King‘, melodic and harsh at the same time, hot and cold, just the way I would expect it from this group. This one – I suspect – has also potential to climb the charts further, albeit limited by the interpretation – might be too hard for the mainstream audience already.

Love and hate, close together. I debated a long time what rating to give to this group. But, whilst unconventional, this IS good work. I will go ahead and explore this band some more – stay tuned for more reviews for this one!

*****

Record Rating: 8/10 | Label: Nuclear Blast Records | Web: Official Site

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