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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Twilight
  • ASIN: B000ZA31A6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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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.
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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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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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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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