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9th January 2017


Eluveitie's new line-up is complete and the band have played their first gigs which have gone down a storm.

Chrigel Glanzmann's Swiss Folk Metal warriors presented the new band members one by one on their website over the Festive period and on 1st January, they finally announced the last new band member and the completed line-up.

There were absolutely no surprises in the announcements with eight of the now nine-piece band being members who had been part of the temporary line-up that kept the band in action after Anna Murphy, Ivo Henzi and Merlin Sutter departed back in May. The ninth member is Fabienne Erni on vocals, celtic harp and mandola. Here's a video of Fabienne singing 'A Rose For Epona', accompanied by guitarist Rafael Salzmann.

So the new line-up in full is, left to right in the picture above:

Jonas Wolf (guitars)
Matteo Sisti (whistles, bagpipes, mandola)
Nicole Ansperger (fiddle)
Alain Ackermann (drums)
Chrigel Glanzmann (vocals, whistles, mandola, bagpipes, bodhran)
Fabienne Erni (vocals, celtic harp, Mandola)
Kay Brem (bass)
Michalina Malisz (hurdy gurdy)
Rafael Salzmann (guitars)

The band states: "Above all we're super happy and thankful that we're complete again (even more than complete, actually) and given the chance to have such gifted musicians on board. What could be a better start into a new year? 2017 is our year!

"We cannot wait to enter the studios soon and finish 'Evocation II'. And right afterwards we'll be back with full force to rock the summer festival stages. Cheers & sláinte."


The new line-ups first gigs took place at Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland on 6th and 7th of January at the Eluveitie & Friends festival and on 8th January at the Interlaken Greenfield Festival and Estonia's Resurrection Fest.

The band play tonight in Jaromer, Switzerland at the Brutal Assault gig. There is only one summer festival confirmed so far and that is Summer Breeze in Sinbronn, Germany on August 16th.

The band stated after their first gigs:

"Dear fans and fellow Metalheads. It is done. Eluveitie & Friends VI is over, we've played the first two shows with our complete new line-up... and we had the most amazing time with you all. This weekend simply has been awesome and you all have been an absolutely incredible audience.

"From all our hearts we wanna thank you all for celebrating with us, for your incredible support, for your loyality and for being who you are! Who knows... but we think we have the best fans in the world.

"We'd also like to thank all of our amazing crew and everybody behind the scenes who made our small but fine festival possible. And of course our thanks and cheers also go out to all the great bands that rocked Z7 the last two days - our dear friends from Irij, Final Story, Koenix, GurD, Varg, Saltatio Mortis and Sodom.

"And now we will seclude ourselves from the world for a while.... and totally focus on finishing our upcoming album: 'Evocation II'.

"But we'll still keep you up to date, of course. We wish you all a really, really good time. Cheers and sláinte."

Cellar Darling, the band formed by Anna Murphy, Ivo Henzi and Merlin Sutter, enter studios this week to begin recording their debut album. Both Cellar Darling and Eluveitie feature on Steve Göldby Talks Metal, the UK's hottest Metal show, this Wednesday at 4.00pm right here.

Photo Credit: Manuel Vargas




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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