They 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.
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.
Ah 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, this album becomes an astonishing piece of Pagan Melodic Death Metal or Folk Metal.