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Release Date: 1st August 2014

Ian Sutherland

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Swiss band Eluveitie formed in 2002 with the intention of being in the vanguard of the New Wave Of Folk Metal and judging by the number of folk Metal bands around Europe these days it's a movement that has been a long term success.

These folk Metallers have released five studio albums to date varying from the fully acoustic 'Evocation 1: The Arcane Dominion' to the death Metal tinged 'Everything Remains As It Never Was'. 'Origins', their sixth title goes back to the style of their first major label release 'Slania' though, mixing the two styles with the accent more on the melody than the death Metal and to me is all the better for it.

There is a vague concept throughout the album's sixteen tracks regarding the Celtic mythology of ancient Gaul with a few spoken word sections to add atmosphere but overall this is really an album about the music.

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I think Eluveitie are at their best on the likes of 'Carry The Torch' which has the buzzing, driving, riffing guitars and pounding rhythms of Metal with Chrigel Glanzman's growling, attacking vocals but is still full of flutes and folk feel and one of their signature sounds, Anna Murphy's hurdygurdy. There are many, many folk Metal bands but few sound this distinctly different and when they add in the chanting chorus it all sounds just like the beer drinking music it's meant to be.

Much as I love that signature style on other songs here such as the impressive 'From Darkness' and the epic grandeur that is 'Virunus', in Anna Murphy the band have a real multi-talented artist. It's fantastic to get to hear her sharing vocals on 'Celtos' and especially taking the lead vocal slot on the sublime 'The Call Of The Mountains', a superbly executed melodic change of pace mid-album.

'The Silver Sister' shows them going closer to their death Metal influences but despite its' fast sections and heavy leanings still retains the melodic, folky edge which is the basis of this band and this album.

I was slightly disappointed by their last album 'Helvetios' which seemed to lack the melody and folk metal invention of 'Slania' but 'Origins' is a terrific return to form. If you want to hear what Eluveitie and even folk Metal in general is all about this album would be a pretty good place to start. An album to play air hurdygurdy to!

1. Origins 2:13
2. The Nameless 4:12
3. From Darkness 4:11
4. Celtos 3:57
5. Virunus 4:51
6. Nothing 0:57
7. The Call Of The Mountains 4:14
8. Sucellos 5:05
9. Inception 3:46
10. Vianna 3:36
11. The Silver Sister 4:15
12. King 4:33
13. The Day Of Strife 3:49
14. Ogmios 0:29
15. Carry The Torch 4:37
16. Eternity 2:34

Line up:
Merlin Sutter | Drums
Anna Murphy | Hurdygurdy, Vocals, Flute
Rafael Salzmann | Guitar
Chrigel Glanzmann | Vocals, Mandola, etc.
Kay Brem | Bass
Nicole Ansperger | Fiddle
Ivo Henzi | Guitars
Patrick Kistler | Tin & Low Whistles, Bagpipe


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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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