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4.0 out of 5 stars Blast beats and bag pipes?, 6 Dec. 2008
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Hedon (Eternal Night) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Slania (Audio CD)
Imagine you're a fan of good ol' Gothenburg melodic death metal. You've listened to 'The Gallery' about 10 million times, and you can whistle every solo on 'The Jester Race' in your sleep. But you also love a bit of traditional celtic folk music and are a bit dissapointed that those Swedes never used bagpipes, tin whistles or fiddles in their music. Ever wanted blast beats and thrashing guitars with flutes and hurdy gurdy's playing leads over the top? Well, if thats the case then Slania is the album for you, my friend

Eluveitie are something of a oddity, even within the rarther odd sub-genre that is folk metal. This is due to te fact that the guitars, aside from the odd acoutic section, never actually play anything folky at all; just about every riff is deeply grounded in Gothenburg metal and wouldn't go amiss on the latest Dark Tranquillity album. If we stripped away the bagpipes, hurdy gurdys, flutes, tin whistles and what nots from 'Grey Sublime Anchor' or 'Bloodstained Ground' and this would sound like any other melodic death album. But with the highly orignial and very talented use of these aforementioned instruments Slania takes on a magical, if rather bizzare, character all of its own that no other band really sounds like. An its in these elements that the band really shines. Form the magestic flair of the opener Salmon, the anthemic feel of Inis Mona, the stratospheric melodies of BloodStained Ground or the sombre feel of Slania's Song the flutes and pipes really give this album an incrediable feel. Its also wonderful that, unlike many folk/viking bands who use keyboards to synthesize such sounds, Eluviete use real istruments, which gives the album a very organic and authenic feel, which only adds to the excellent songwriting. And i love the way that there is almost no lead guitar on the album whatsoever, with the celtic instruments playing al the leads. They also use choirs and female vocals a few times, nothing new to the genre but adds a nice touch.

There is a huge amount of folk metal out there these days, but i'd have to say that Slania is both good enough and original enough to deserve your attention. It's also nice to here a band of this style that doesn't have its roots in black metal for a change.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars most certainly a quality release, 13 May 2008
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sean paul mccann "mccanns23" (ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Slania (Audio CD)
Eluveitie are a swiss band that forge metal and folk and celtic melodies and instruments into one big boiling pot and this their second album is the results of such a gathering,and it is a feast worth dining on readers.
The band play melodic death metal much like amon amarth to name just one band but add alot more melody and that is found with a very clear celtic influence,there are panpipes,the hurdy-gurdy,tin whistle and bodhran and female vocals that are mildly haunting.
The use of celtic sounds work perfectly and are used prominently,and add something else to a sound thats all to familiar these days,that being melodic death metal.
As i have compared the band to amon amarth i feel i must take away the notion that this band are as fast and urgent as the swedes,they arent,but they have the same way of stirring emotions and bring images to the mind,those as i am who are irish can feel a kinship with this band easily,it makes one feel patriotic and proud but all the while this is metal and that makes me happy as well,i dont listen to irish ceile music as we call it really but here in a form with metal i have found a great band.
There are a couple of instrumentals fired in that work and dont work but ultimatley there is little to fault here,the songs dont rattle about lasting so long that you wish you could die,they are all 5 minutes and under more or less and the final album track is a mantra almost that is a real classic sounding track,vital?yeah why not,but i am not wishing for every metal band to sound like this,lets not overkill this unique sound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Majestic and passionate, 7 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Slania (Audio CD)
O.K. So Eluveitie's Slania. To the uninitiated, Eluveitie are a Swiss folk metal band and have an interesting array of instruments, including a flute, a hurdy-gurdy, a violin and a set of uilleann pipes. The style of the Folk is very celtic.
O.K. The plus points of the album are that it feels really different, the different instruments sound great and are integrated seemlessly into the guitarwork and the celtic melodies are wonderful. There is a farily constant counter-pointing of the high flutes with the low and cruchy guitars, a similar techinique to the use of female voices in symponic metal. Also, what is really nice is the notes on each and every song in the album, setting it in context and also, by extention, teaching one about Celtic culture. A down side is that many of the songs sound the same. But hey, when they sound this good, it's a minor quibble !

1. First, the intro Samon. Crackling logs and a breathy murmurring followed by an atmospheric and anticipation building section make this a perfect into! 9/10
2. Primordial Breath follows this and pick up perfectly in musical terms, the guitar chords are driving and the uilleann pipes are just wonderful! 9/10
3. Inis Mona. Well, simply the track of the album. It has an epic, dreamy feel with the uilleanns at with just the right amout of whistful sighing to them and the flute solo is marvellous. 10/10
4. Gray Sublime Archon rocks, with a rushing flute riff giving the song fast paced feel, as though running through a forest. 9/10
5. Anagantios. What a mournful song. Simply sublime action on violin and hurdy-gurdy and with a strangely English Folk (in a good way, not some beardy, guitar-strumming twerp burring on about young maidens in a over-exagerated west-country accent :lol: !). Very complatative and slightly sad. Magic. 10/10
6. Bloodstained Gound feels a bit like the guitar boys got a bit fed up about beign cut out of the previous song and so retaliated with this blinder. Whew, this is brutal and the flute rides above it, high and herioc like the pennat fluttering above some war-torn battlefield! 9/10
7. The Somber Lay is not very somber and feels much like the last song, although the flute plays throughout and demonstrates much more variety. 9/10
8. Slania's Song is lovelly, in Gaelic and the vocals are not death grunts but a woman's voice. 9/10
9. Giamonios is a lovelly little bit of flutework, a sort of interlude. 9/10
10. Tarvos. Wow, this song is just pure celebration and is wonderful! Also, it has a proper guitar riff as opposed to keeping this instrument for chords only! 9/10
11. Calling The Rain has a galloping feel, but sounds like a lot of the others. Still it is great. 9/10
12. Elembivos. This has the violin taking the tremble melody and this makes a really nice change. Also, there is some great chanting! 9/10
13. Finally, an accoustic version of Samon. But hey, this is folk metal, so instrumental versions are gooooodddddddddd! 9/10

I don't know about anybody else who has listened to this, but I found the notes made my question the my traditional viewpoint on Ancient Celts, whom I had alway thought rather savage. But they seem rather more civilised and in touch with nature in this interpretation. And it is true that most of what we know comes from the Romans, their enemies. Still, I can't entirely dismiss the ideas of their nastier aspects, such as human sacrifice and the brutality with which they kept attacking each other. But then again is this bellicose nature any worse than the invading Romans? Just less organised. Hmm, interesting thoughts (for me anyway :lol: ) ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sepultura meets The Chieftains, 25 Mar. 2013
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A fantastic blend of Gaelic folk and raw heavy metal, though to be honest, I can understand very little of what is going on at any time, which is also true of two bands I have compared them with. Astonishingly fresh. I bought this after buying their latest release and I am loving it all. Well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!, 7 Feb. 2014
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The album that got me into Eluveitie's music. Hard hitting and heavy but also beautifully melodic with some catchy folk melodies and rhythms. I highly recommend this to fans of Equilibrium, Arkona, Faun and Korpiklaani.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Metal for Metalheads, 4 Oct. 2014
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Classical Metal, for real Metalheads! these guys will blow you away, so get ready to Mosh!
Folk music mixed with the Heaviest Metal imaginable, completely rocks you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Go Anna go!!!, 30 May 2013
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As a fan of Anna Murphy and a player of the hurdy gurdy I can really appreciate the work that went into this album. It is simply superb.
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