I cannot say enough good things about this album. This is the perfect blending of Melodic Death Metal and Celtic Folk. I look at it this way: If you took out the folk elements from Eluveitie’s sound, you would have a classic Melodic Death album that would sound a lot like circa 90’s Dark Tranquility mixed with Whoracle by In Flames. But with the Celtic folk mixed in, you have a sound that is truly unique to this band and this band alone. Out of a scene that is finally getting its due, they are at the forefront of this Celtic folk movement along with Primordial, Suidakra, and Waylander.
However, what makes this band truly special in the fact that they mix a reconstructed Gaulish language. While for some this may turn away, it adds an atmosphere to the music that I have not heard since Primordial’s “Imrama” all the way back in 1995.
There is only one thing that I can fault it on: The guitar solo on the final track is tremendous, and I think that there could have been a better show in the guitar work. Flute solos are great, so are mandolin and violin solos. But their two guitarist obviously have talent enough to write great solos, so they should highlight that.
Beyond that, this is a perfect follow up to “Spirit”. It is their Whoracle.