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20th August 2017


Summer Breeze became Summer Downpour as the rain fell hard in Germany on a triumphant Friday for Folk Metal.

By some remarkable twist of fate, Eluveitie and Cellar Darling were both on Friday's bill and both put in performances that were the highlights of the whole day.

On the day that Eluveitie released their seventh studio album, 'Evocation II - The Pantheon', which you can find out much more about right here, the new line-up played their biggest concert so far and delighted a packed out Summer Breeze with an enthusiastic performance that proved beyond doubt that not even losing three core members can knock this folk'n'roll juggernaught off course.


Eluveitie were a joy to behold as they put in an impeccable and flawless display and it is to be noted just how far the Swiss Celts have come since they played last year's Wacken Open Air with almost the same line-up.

It's as though Nicole Ansperger had never taken her sabbatical from the band which ended with that Wacken 2016 performance whilst a truly confident and assured Fabienne Erni commanded the stage and won over the massive audience easily.

Comparisons to Anna are inevitable and there were plenty of opportunities as 'The Call Of The Mountains' and 'A Rose For Epona' remain in the setlist, along with a lot of the favourites from the days before Cellar Darling existed.


Only two songs were aired from 'Evocation II - The Pantheon', 'Lvgvs' receiving it's live premiere along with first single from the new line-up, 'Epona', Fabienne's crowning moment.

An extremely lively 'Your Gaulish War', 'King' and 'Nil' started proceedings and even without 'Tegernako', 'Uis Elveti', 'Quoth The Raven' and 'Gray Sublime Archon', this was the definitive performance so far from the current, and hopefully permanent, Eluveitie line-up.

Whether Chrigel re-introduces these and many other unforgettable tracks from the back catalogue when Eluveite begin a lengthy bout of touring in October remains to be seen but either way, we are most certainly in for a real treat when the shows begin.


Chrigel was recently interviewed by Metal Wani and was asked if he had had a chance to listen to the new Cellar Darling album yet:

"It's amazing. I really think it's amazing. I knew quite some stuff since quite a while already. I heard it in the studio. We've been to the studio together - they recorded at the same studio as we did and we met so I knew quite some of the stuff already and yeah, I think it's amazing.

"I think it was a really lucky turnout for everybody. You know, a line-up split like this is never something easy but back then, in March last year, what we all said is that you're just going to try to use it as a chance, Anna, Ivo and Merlin and we, and now looking back nearly one-and-a-half years later I can somehow really say that I think we both succeeded in doing that, as taking it as a chance.


"And with the months it was really cool to see, as difficult as it was, like how much positive energy it released as well.

"And also for Cellar Darling, especially for Anna, it was really cool to see how... I think especially in the last years, she really blossomed... her creativity like really blossomed then; she was going crazy with new ideas and feeling different things out that she'd never done before and the result is the new Cellar Darling album, which is amazing."

Cellar Darling played the Summer Breeze main stage earlier in the day and went down so well that this just has to be their one and only lunchtime slot at a major festival.


Denied the opportunity to be seen by a global audience at their biggest engagement to date due to the live stream not being available until late afternoon, Anna, Ivo and Merlin, ably assisted by Shir-Ran Yinon, Fredy Schnyder and Cellar Darling live bassist Nicolas Winter, won over scores of new fans as they served up superb, gutsy renditions of the best of their debut album, 'This Is The Sound'.

The all too evident delight of the band members was matched by an enthralled crowd who really took Cellar Darling to their hearts and provided well deserved support and encouragement which resulted in the band pulling an extraordinary performance out of the bag.

Cellar Darling have moved up several levels with this one appearance and it is a terrible shame that no professionally recorded footage exists of their finest moment so far as those present witnessed something very special.


Anna Murphy was special guest on Steve Göldby Talks Metal in the week that 'This Is The Sound' was released and you can hear all about her extremely busy last few months right here.

The show also includes Anna's track-by-track breakdown of every song from 'This Is The Sound'.

Eluveitie live dates:

20th August: Saint-Nolff - Motocultor Festival
15th September: CH - Metal Highway, Lausanne
16th September: FR - Cidre & Dragon Festival, Merville
22nd September: CH - Studio Foce, Lugano
23rd September: CH - Solothurn, Kofmehl
29th September: CH - Schaffhausen, Kammgarn
30th September: CH - Galvanik, Zug
25th October: IT – Parma, Campus Industry
26th October: HU – Budapest, Barba Negra
27th October: PL – Warsaw, Progresja
28th October: CZ – Zlin, Masters of Rock Cafe
29th October: AT – Vienna, Simm City
30th October: DE – Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
31st October: SI – Ljubljana, Kino Siska
2nd November: FR – Paris, Cabaret Sauvage
3rd November: UK – London, Islington Assembly Hall
4th November: NL – Eindhoven, Effenaar
5th November: BE – Antwerp, Trix
6th November: DE – Frankfurt, Batschkapp
8th November: DE – Berlin, Kesselhaus
9th November: DE – München, Backstage
10th November: DE – Leipzig, Hellraiser
12th November: DE – Bochum, Zeche
14th February: Cyclone, Tokyo, Japan
15th February: Duo Music Exchange, Tokyo, Japan
16th February: 3Star Imaike, Nagoya, Japan
17th February: Osaka, Fanji Twice, Japan

Tickets for London and some European dates are available right here.

Cellar Darling live dates:

25th August: Open Air Gränichen, Switzerland
13th September: Kulturfabrik Kofmehl, Solothurn
14th September: Dynamo Werk 21, Zurich
22nd October: Teatr, Moscow, Russian Federation
23rd October: Arena, Krasnodar, Russian Federation
24th October: Zvezda, Samara, Russian Federation
25th October: Opera, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
26th October: Paris - Alhambra
27th October: Pratteln - Z7
28th October: Bochum - Zeche
29th October: Munich - Backstage
31st October: Utrecht - Tivoli Vredenburg
1st November: UK London - Koko
11th November: Andernach, Germany
12th November: Wörgl, Austria
13th November: Belgrade, Serbia
15th November: Bucharest, Romania
17th November: Sofia, Bulgaria
18th November: Thessaloniki, Greece
19th November: Athens, Greece
22nd November: Aarburg, Switzerland
24th November: Aschaffenburg, Germany
25th November: Leipzig, Germany
26th November: Weinheim, Germany
28th November: Toulouse, France
29th November: Zaragoza, Spain
1st December: Under The Doom Festival, Lisbon, Portugal
2nd December: Porto, Portugal
3rd December: Seville, Spain
4th December: Murcia, Spain
6th December: Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
7th December: Lyon, France
8th December: Vaureal, France
9th December: Diest, Belgium
10th December: Nancy, France
11th December: Bochum, Germany
13th December: Angers, France
14th December: Colmar, France
15th December: Hengelo, Netherlands
16th December: Festival De Noel a Limoges, France

October 26th to November 1st dates are Delain Danse Macabre Tour featuring Marco Hietala (Nightwish). November 11th to December 15th dates are with Lacuna Coil. Tickets for London and some European dates are available right here.


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