Eluveitie – Ategnatos (2019) – Review

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RockmusicRaider - eluveitie - Ategnatos - Album CoverI said it, didn’t I. After Evocation II released in 2017, I could already feel that this bright stage light for Fabienne Erni was not going to last for too long. So, here we find ourselves with Ategnatos, Eluveitie‘s newest in early 2019.

With a friggin’ 16 tracks crammed into one hour of air coverage. That is 3′ 45” of play time for each track on average, exactly what the pop industry and the infamous labels demand for radio coverage. Well, kind of. Only, here we deal with Folk and Pagan Metal, not pop. We reckon, at least.[...] Click to raid more!

Eluveitie – Evocation II – Pantheon (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Eluveitie - Evocation II - Pantheon - Album Cover Monumental change took place within the confines of Eluveitie. Anna Murphy and her entourage (or faction, as evil tongues have it) left the band in 2016 seemingly in protest. And that meant long-time drummer Merlin Sutter and guitarist Ivo Henzi left with her to found Cellar Darling. Or – as the lore goes – Merlin got left first and the others chose to follow suit. 

Well, whatever the sequence of events may have been, fact is that the growler-in-chief had the decidedly thorny task to recruit and train a new crew. This may also explain the unusually long wait [...] Click to raid more!

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

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RockmusicRaider Review - Everything Remains (as it never was) - Album Cover The 2010 and 4th full length album Everything Remains (As it Never Was) from the Swiss Pagan Metal band Eluveitie clearly is an improvement over the already pretty good former production Slania. And yep, I know, there was Evocation I in between. But hey, time will tell if I will review that one as well. 

This new record is much more melodious, but still fosters enough aggressive Melodic Death Metal underlaying its core to convince. And they deliver their tune in an improved, but still decidedly own household style and brand. On this record we can actually hear the [...] Click to raid more!

Eluveitie – Slania (2008) – Review

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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 mess out of it.

Yet perhaps, this may be a tad too much glorification of a time historians hardly know about. When tribes (supposedly) ruled on the land today called Switzerland. A story about people long gone and dead. And we don’t even know, if they ever existed in the way imagined. It only appears that the Romans did not have too many difficulties to conquer these people.

As the story [...] Click to raid more!