Eluveitie - Helvetios


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Release date: 10 February 2012
Style: Celtic folk metal, Gothenburg metal

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01. Prologue
02. Helvetios
03. Luxtos
04. Home
05. Santonian Shores
06. Scorched Earth
07. Meet The Enemy
08. Neverland
09. A Rose For Epona
10. Havoc
11. The Uprising
12. Hope
13. The Siege
14. Alesia
15. Tullianum
16. Uxellodunon
17. Epilogue
18. A Rose For Epona [Acoustic Version][Bonus]

The best Folk Metal album of 2012

Line-up
Siméon Koch - guitars, mandola
Patrick "Päde" Kistler - bagpipes, whistles
Anna Murphy - hurdy gurdy, vocals
Christian "Chrigel" Glanzmann - vocals, mandola, whistles, uilleann pipes, bodhran, bard harp
Kay Brem - bass, voice
Meri Tadic - fiddle
Ivo Henzi - guitar
Merlin Sutter - drums, percussion

Additional musicians:
Alexander "Sandy" Morton - narrations
Sarah Wauquiez (né Kiener) - accordion
Fredy Schnyder - hammered dulcimer
Christoph Pelgen - vocals
Nina Macchi - recorder

Guest review by
FatherOfBodom
Rating:
7.9
If you're a first time listener, hearing folk metal can be a tad bit intimidating. Trust me, I had my share of questions when I first got into the scene. For instance: What is folk metal? What the heck is a "hurdy-gurdy"? And why do they love the woods so much? Thankfully for me, the first folk metal album I ever listened to front to back was Helvetios, by Eluvietie. This album also happened to flipping rock front to back as well.

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15.02.2012 - 03:42
Rating: 1
Rulatore
Utterly boring. Too generic, uninspired and way too long, didnt manage to listen to the whole thing, maybe they should wait more 5 years and take some time to write something new

That track "Home" anyone noticed that sounds exactly as a song of the first album ? Cant remember which one now....
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15.02.2012 - 03:53
Kenos
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Written by 3dd on 13.02.2012 at 15:39

Evocation I - The Arcane Dominion was a kind of exception, though.


An exception with still very mediocre results. Further proof that this bunch of clowns can do no good with folk stuff either.
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16.02.2012 - 02:38
Kenos
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Written by Wes on 16.02.2012 at 01:56

Just out of curiousity, do you even like the albums I listed?


Spirit and Slania are decent/good folk-metal albums, about 6,5 - 7/10 for me.
Of course it's not the kind of metal I love, but in the end I can't really dislike them either.
After that it's just the same boring trite formula with generic melodeath stuff and tiresome folkish elements. And, as I mentioned before, even the "experiment" of Evocation is a fairly mediocre work. Methinks.
If I hadn't had to review this *thing* for the webzine where I usually write I wouldn't have cared that much, since I already didn't like Everything Remains at all.
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17.02.2012 - 14:22
Rating: 8
VaronoZz
Vampbaron
Powerful.. mysterious.. absolutely Eluveitie..!
When i saw that this album contains so many songs my mind immediately brough up the Evocation album which i found it a bit "quite" for eluveitie's standards. But fortunately this album is really strong with the traditional Eluveitie sound and with a diversity at their sound. Nice vocals as always. Looking forward to see them again at their next tour!
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17.02.2012 - 14:26
Rating: 8
VaronoZz
Vampbaron
Written by Rulatore on 15.02.2012 at 03:42

Utterly boring. Too generic, uninspired and way too long, didnt manage to listen to the whole thing, maybe they should wait more 5 years and take some time to write something new

That track "Home" anyone noticed that sounds exactly as a song of the first album ? Cant remember which one now....



how can u even rate than with 1..? Thats too biased. u dont just rate it in comparisson with what they had done in the past. Judge it also as if it was their first album. 1 is for rubbish. That is definitely not even close to rubbish
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17.02.2012 - 19:03
Rating: 8
VaronoZz
Vampbaron
Written by Guest on 17.02.2012 at 15:16


Hmmm, yes... 3 or 4 is more adequate. But I don't know what is more out of reality - if 1 or 9.


Everyone has a strict list of favorite bands for a reason, which for me eluveitie is included, so its a kinda normal for me to like an album of them a lot when it is not too diferent from the previous ones. So yea its 9 by trusting my ears which is also the most common vote for this album if u havent noticed.
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17.02.2012 - 22:17
Rating: 8
VaronoZz
Vampbaron
Written by Guest on 17.02.2012 at 20:12

Written by VaronoZz on 17.02.2012 at 19:03

Written by Guest on 17.02.2012 at 15:16


Hmmm, yes... 3 or 4 is more adequate. But I don't know what is more out of reality - if 1 or 9.


Everyone has a strict list of favorite bands for a reason, which for me eluveitie is included, so its a kinda normal for me to like an album of them a lot when it is not too diferent from the previous ones. So yea its 9 by trusting my ears which is also the most common vote for this album if u havent noticed.


Yes, I have noticed that... You're right. Unfortunately, Eluveitie are on that strict list of my favourite bands as well. As I said before, Slania and Everything Remains As It Never Was were great albums, really, so my expectations raised up when reading first articles about upcoming Helvetios. However, in the end, this album is a total letdown, I can't help myself.


Good, u have one more reason to have an opinion then. But it really pisses me off when people who dont really listen to some bands and just because they are not into them they have to vote with 1.
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19.02.2012 - 13:46
Rating: 7
neonxaos
This is definitely no Slania, but I gotta spin it some more...
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20.02.2012 - 19:48
Rating: 3
AngelofDeth
Cyborg Raptor
The Folk equivalent to Khaos Legions.
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25.02.2012 - 04:15
Rating: 3
AngelofDeth
Cyborg Raptor
Written by Guest on 13.02.2012 at 00:02

A big disappointment... Why Eluveitie, why?!

A few words to say - generic sound, recycled melodies, monotonous album. Love previous two though!

My thoughts exactly, Thought Spirit, Slania and Everything Remains were excellent but this is definitely subpar. Not only is alot of the stuff recycled but its also dumbed down. Their metal riffs sound weaker and more generic than ever, Folky elements only occasionally sounding fresh, and the chick definitely has some strong vocal talent but makes the amatuerish mistake of over-dramatizing ever other word.

"Alesia" near perfect example of the flaws i just stated.
"Luxtos" - wtf??? why does korpiklaani have a song on the album??? lol
"A Rose for Epona" i dont mind the occasional pop elements in my metal, but this is too far.
"Havoc" epic folk melodiy, but drop the ball with the garageband sounding riffs.

The rest of the album sounds incredibly generic and/or watered down with only sprinklings of noticable changes and originality.
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25.02.2012 - 04:19
Rating: 9
EpicMayhem
Don't know what all the fuss is about, I'm thoroughly enjoying this release personally.
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28.02.2012 - 16:47
Rating: 6
Pesek
The best song is cover... no, no, no... very very sad....
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28.02.2012 - 23:27
Rating: 8
musicalkaratekid
Written by Rulatore on 15.02.2012 at 03:42

Utterly boring. Too generic, uninspired and way too long, didnt manage to listen to the whole thing, maybe they should wait more 5 years and take some time to write something new

That track "Home" anyone noticed that sounds exactly as a song of the first album ? Cant remember which one now....


I'd agree with you that the album is in fact a bit too long. 17 tracks is very exhaustive indeed, but the last few eluveitie albums have been of similar length, Maybe if they cut out the minute long interludes and the dreadful songs that are driven by the female singer's voice, then it would be probably more of an 8 or 9 for me. The fact that i gave it a 7 is fully based on the remaining tracks that don't let the album down.
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29.02.2012 - 20:32
Rating: 6
beyondtehdarksun
At first listen, the usual problem: all the 'metal' songs sound the same...
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29.02.2012 - 23:25
tirim4
Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IS5LqqWXGw

I wish they had evolved ina more progressive folky way and not as someone put it, laying folk on top of some bland gothenburg metal.
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02.03.2012 - 10:32
Rating: 7
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
Please make the intro tracks stop.
On The Siege, the higher, Freddy Lim-esque voice: is that Anna Murphy giving harsh vocals a go?
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02.03.2012 - 11:42
Rating: 6
beyondtehdarksun
Written by M C Vice on 02.03.2012 at 10:32
On The Siege, the higher, Freddy Lim-esque voice: is that Anna Murphy giving harsh vocals a go?

Allegedly, yes. But it did disappoint me a little after the epicness that was Quoth The Raven.
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06.03.2012 - 22:05
Rating: 6
Aw Yiss
'Meet The Enemy', 'The Uprising' and 'The Siege' starts very fast and loud, and are dominated with harsh vocals and Gothenburg style guitar and drums which kills the folk sounds. Therefore, they sound like average songs, nothing special. Whereas, in songs like 'Helvetios' and 'Uxellodunon', the balance between folk melodies and metal tunes is perfect, and in 'Santonian Shores' too which is the best song so far for me in this album.
Other remarks I wanna make are:
'A Rose For Epona' is a big disappointment; because it has an awesome melody but very bad vocals that do not fit the album in any way.
Prologue and Epilogue is a cool addition, creates the Helvetii atmosphere very well.
I don't agree with the criticism about 'Alesia'. I think it's a decent duet, and female vocals are not very poppish as in 'A Rose For Epona'.
As a last comment: I don't like Eluveitie because they are a kickass metal band, I like them because they could blend awesome celtic folk tunes with the metal I love but they somewhat failed at that in this album. So, it came out to only be a mediocre album.
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22.03.2012 - 00:51
Rating: 8
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This is better that "Everything Remains...." and its very close to be a great one, but they have to work on there generic guitar riffs because for me that was the downside of this album.
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31.03.2012 - 18:53
Rating: 8
WorpeX
Not sure why people are flipping out and kicking over chairs because of this album. I think its great. Anna does not have "pop" vocals in any of these songs, even rose for epona. I've never heard ANY pop singer bother to get that kind of range out of her voice. Anna is way too dynamic. Not every female lead has a pop voice. Not to mention she growls on The Siege and sounds amazing.

I'm loving the album. Some of my favorites are: Helvetios, Luxtos, Santonian Shores, A Rose for Epona, The Siege, and Alesia. I love how they're combining the elements from Evocation into the sound that they started with. The album is actually varied as well with lots of unique elements in the songs, which is unusual for an eluveitie album! The only songs I don't really like much are Scorched Earth and Meet The Enemy... the later is the most generic Eluveitie song ever, kinda disappointing that they made a video for it.
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11.06.2012 - 03:40
Rating: 7
ThunderAxe1989
Irreligious
Not bad. They've done slightly better before, but still a great release. Finally I got the chance to listen to the entire thing!
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29.08.2012 - 16:54
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight
Like 4 songs would make a solid EP...but to make a long lasting album out of this? meh...
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04.03.2013 - 00:53
Rating: 3
AngelofDeth
Cyborg Raptor
The fact that this got best folk album of the year really shows the sad state of folk metal right now..
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04.03.2013 - 11:13
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight
Its not the sad state of folk metal, but the sad state of folk metal fans...
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12.04.2013 - 06:59
drf1223
First Eluveitie CD I get to listen. In my opinion the album has some good songs, and a few outstanding acts like Helvetios and Meet the Enemy, but in total there are 18 tracks. So there's this abundant instrumental filler, and I'm not really fond of the acoustic numbers either. I don't agree with the bashing I see here, it's quite a pleasant piece of work, but I'm certain it appeals to some more than others.
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30.08.2013 - 19:01
Rating: 6
Feng
I just can't put my finger on exactly what I dislike about this release. I absolutely love Slania, its an incredibly solid piece of folk metal, but I feel since then they've lost the special atmosphere they managed to conjure. Part of me feels it because the metal is in itself boring, but even then when I think about it the folk does at times feel a bit dull. Its as if they managed to find a 'generic Eluveitie sound' and accidently water themselves down to the point of ripping themselves off? *ramble ramble*

I dunno, its good yes, but it unfortunately went down the same route as Everything Remains did for me. On the plus side, they haven't got worse live!
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