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

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RockmusicRaider Review - Everything Remains (as it never was) - Album CoverThe 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. In time.

This new record is much more melodious, but still fosters enough aggressive Melodeath 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 hurdy-gurdy (hello and welcome, Anna), fiddles and the flutes.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Finsterforst – Mach Dich Frei (2015) – Rezension

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Ja, was haben wir denn da? Das tönt ja schon wirklich sehr gut, genau was ich so brauch’ nach einem langen Tag im Paniktopf. Und es ist die gefühlte Power von Insomnium gemischt mit der Aggressivität von Arch Enemy was diese Band direkt ins Melodeath Lager stellt – wirklich kraftvoll und genau im Genre. Ich habe keine Ahnung wieso andere Reviewers diese Gruppe hier in die Pagan Metal Ecke stellen wollen.

Okay, es hat in der Tat ein paar Passagen in dem Album, welche dies unterstützen könnten, aber ich kann beim besten Willen keine klare solche Stoßrichtung erkennen – der gelegentliche Gebrauch von einem Akkordeon macht da keinen Unterschied.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. Helvetios is a concept album of sorts, too, telling a story of pagan wars in Gallic times.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. 

The album neatly follows in the footsteps of their former record Helvetios and boasts an aggressive freshness that makes you go back, wanting some more. Kind of an addictive hate-love affair. But, same as everything this band does, it does take some getting used to. Their tune definitely is an acquired taste, as one of my co-reviewers so artfully opined.Got hooked? Raid this some more...