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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.Read more ›
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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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!
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.Published on 30 May 2013 by Dr.Uid