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  • 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.

    Posted on December 5, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Eluveitie have created the most immediately listenable and enjoyable metal cd I have ever heard. Am I heaping too much praise on this band? No! I can’t begin to explain how incredible this cd actually is. People, The 30 second samples don’t do this justice. I played this cd in the music store where my wife works and the customers were drawn over to the speakers that we were standing beside (we had it playing very low at first) and by the end of the song customers were asking us to turn it up! I guarantee you will enjoy this if you buy it! Spread the word!

    Posted on December 5, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • It has been exactly 48:42 minutes since I bought the album (plus the time taken to write this review). I found the band on Amazon, saw the six 5-star reviews, and decided to take the plunge and buy the album.

    Now let me say that although I’m into melodeath bigtime, I’ve never been a huge fan of folk metal. I however do occassionally listen to soft folk rock like The Corrs. So I was stunned, no, OVERWHELMED, when I heard Eluveitie blend folk elements so seamlessly with melodic death metal.

    There are flutes, oh yes. Violins? Think so. Plus a bunch of other funny (albeit pleasant) noises too. All together with melodious guitar lines and great vocals (there’s even one with female vocals). The net output is a whole new level of awesomeness, which is quite surprising from a relatively unknown band.

    So, while my review is clearly not what might be considered well-thought out, I wanted to “weigh in” here on how cool this album is. If you like melodic death metal, you’re going to LOVE this. In fact, the track ‘Bloodstained Ground’ would have almost been indistinguishable from a Dark Tranquillity track (but then the incredible folk stuff kicked in :P ).

    Recommended tracks: Inis Mona, Bloodstained Ground, hell… all of them :) .

    PS: It’s the not-yet-popular bands like these that need your support (and money) the most! Please please buy the album if you like it after listening to a few of the songs.

    Posted on December 5, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I caught these guys live a week or so ago, they were one of the bands opening for Kataklysm and Dying Fetus. I had never heard of them before and WOW did they put o a hell of a show, I bought the CD immediately after their set was over and have not stopped listening to it since. I have been a fan of Korpiklani for a while now but I think I like their style of folk metal better. Great mix of metal guitars and old style instruments (bagpipes, flutes, violin, hurdygurdy). It works so well give them a shot, the CD sounds great but they sound even better in person!

    Posted on December 5, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Take two very epic sounding types of genres: Folk metal and real Gothenburg (At the Gates, Dark Tranquillity) and give all of their musicians excellent musicianship, and you will get the sound presented on this album.

    A couple of weeks ago I was listening to Music Choice when all of a sudden this song entitled “Grey Sublime Archon” came on and was blown away. It’s an excellent blend of folk insturments, growls and clean vocals, and the Gothenburg-ish guitar riffs. The growl/sung chorus comes in with “Gray Sublime Archon I’ve been called. . .” gave me goosebumps and is an example of when combining growls and clean vocals is a good idea. (a bad example of when it goes wrong being In Flames)

    So I bought this album and all I have to say is that it is just as epic as that track. “Inis Mona” with its deep sung chorus and beautiful flute playing the melody, the many wonderfully put together insturmentals, and the song “Slania’s Song” with female vocals really stick out to me.

    Even the weakest track imo is amazing. “The Somber Lay” is an extremely strong track like the others, but the folk insturments in the chorus of the song sometimes sound like they’re going all over the place and like there is too much going on. It was sort of an awkward listen, but still an excellent track.

    Overall, if you like Dark Tranquillity, Finntroll, Moonsorrow, any other folk metal bands, get this album. You won’t be disappointed.

    Posted on December 5, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now