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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

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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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Cynic Metalhead - 01.09.2011 at 23:23  
Rating: 9 Hell Yeah!!

"Slania" and "Spirit" are their best work till now and "Helvetios" coming in...I think they gonna fucking explode. Too much excited!!
tibosax - 14.09.2011 at 21:52  
  December 2012 ? Is it a joke ? I can't wait for 1 year ! I want more folk metal
Swamphell - 27.09.2011 at 00:39  
Rating: 8 Hell yeah!!!....... Hail Eluveitie
Ilidian - 30.11.2011 at 17:48  
Rating: 9 I'd say that December 2012 is not the correct date. It's more like December 2011. The album is done already and it should be released in early 2012.
Viltharis - 04.12.2011 at 21:14  
Rating: 7
Written by Ilidian on 30.11.2011 at 17:48

I'd say that December 2012 is not the correct date. It's more like December 2011. The album is done already and it should be released in early 2012.


It was wrong date, I corrected this.
wty789 - 06.12.2011 at 05:33  
  Hey...1 has it????Sounds interesting,lol
J. N. - 07.12.2011 at 02:14  
 
Written by Ilidian on 30.11.2011 at 17:48

I'd say that December 2012 is not the correct date. It's more like December 2011. The album is done already and it should be released in early 2012.

We usually put December when we don't know the exact date of the release.
kaspair - 15.01.2012 at 15:18  
Rating: 8 First listen:

01 Prologue: Not that special; just a man telling a Rhapsody Of Fire-like story.
02 Helvetios: The first minute I was like: Nightwish?!
03 Luxtos: Very catchy! You won't be able to sing along the chorus, though.
04 Home: Awesome!
05 Santonian Shores: Starts cool. So far the best track for me...
06 Scorched Earth: Instrumental track which reminds me of Turkish music. Epic, but it gets boring after two minutes.
07 Meet The Enemy: I love it!
08 Neverland: The vocals at the background make this song very special.
09 A Rose For Epona: Damn, she can sing!
10 Havoc: This song features a lot of awesome guitar and drum parts.
11 The Uprising: I like the part with the talking man in the middle of the song.
12 Hope: Soft instrumental track. It fits the album well.
13 The Siege: Damn, she can scream!
14 Alesia: I like this duet, but it won't be a song I'm going to listen to very often.
15 Tullianum: Fly rain man?
16 Uxellodunon: Just a normal Eluveitie track.
17 Prologue: I liked the choir they added to this outro.

Rating: 8.7/10 - Fantastic!
Fred - 15.01.2012 at 22:33  
  For those of you who don't know it yet, the album has leaked about 6 hours ago. Yet to give it my first spin, downloading in some minutes!
RhaegarTargaryen - 16.01.2012 at 19:38  
Rating: 9 Holy fuck, the album is amazing. I just could not resist, had to download it, now I can't stop listening to it. They didn't changed their sound, very similar to previous works, but songs are much better than the previous one. And I just love the story and the concept of it. Not sure, but it will probably be 9/10. Definitely gonna buy it, well worth it.
BudDa - 19.01.2012 at 10:57  
  This album is abit boring
beyondtehdarksun - 19.01.2012 at 12:59  
Rating: 6
Written by kaspair on 15.01.2012 at 15:18
13 The Siege: Damn, she can scream!

And I thought Quoth The Raven was supposed to be a one-time experiment.
kaspair - 19.01.2012 at 14:23  
Rating: 8
Written by beyondtehdarksun on 19.01.2012 at 12:59

Written by kaspair on 15.01.2012 at 15:18
13 The Siege: Damn, she can scream!

And I thought Quoth The Raven was supposed to be a one-time experiment.

Me too, but it worked out fine!
Robstar - 01.02.2012 at 20:42  
  Nice , I love these band, lets see how it will sound...
musicalkaratekid - 02.02.2012 at 00:15  
Rating: 8 To be honest, the woman singing on 'A rose for epona' really brings it down a lot...hopefully her voice will be omitted elsewhere on the album.
patrickmetal12 - 06.02.2012 at 06:04  
Rating: 10 Need to vote.... deserves a 15 at least.
and dude, ana... shes hot and her voice is angelical. =)
ruffio - 07.02.2012 at 06:57  
Rating: 6 I loved about 1/3 of the album, the rest didnt do it for me at all. 6/10
FREEDOM FOREVER - 08.02.2012 at 14:02  
Rating: 7
Written by musicalkaratekid on 02.02.2012 at 00:15

To be honest, the woman singing on 'A rose for epona' really brings it down a lot...hopefully her voice will be omitted elsewhere on the album.

Unfortunately, the song "Alesia" is even much worse I can't understand this new "poppish" trend in their music!!! Anyway, it will make for them a lot of money...
Kenos - 08.02.2012 at 15:20  
  The girl singing in this album is unbearable. I'd rather listen to a buzzing squeaky entry phone.
musicalkaratekid - 08.02.2012 at 18:00  
Rating: 8
Written by FREEDOM FOREVER on 08.02.2012 at 14:02

Written by musicalkaratekid on 02.02.2012 at 00:15

To be honest, the woman singing on 'A rose for epona' really brings it down a lot...hopefully her voice will be omitted elsewhere on the album.

Unfortunately, the song "Alesia" is even much worse I can't understand this new "poppish" trend in their music!!! Anyway, it will make for them a lot of money...

Yeah i agree, their music has taken a much 'poppier' turn. Oh well, it is still 'bearable' for the most part.
DaUndataka - 09.02.2012 at 11:09  
  I've always considered them "poppish". I really don't see, or hear, how this album is any different from previously released albums. I like it though.
RhaegarTargaryen - 10.02.2012 at 00:02  
Rating: 9 The first one to rate it, so I hope most of others will agree... 9 !
Destructo - 10.02.2012 at 03:30  
Rating: 9
Written by RhaegarTargaryen on 10.02.2012 at 00:02

The first one to rate it, so I hope most of others will agree... 9 !

Agreed !! It's definitely a 9.
neonxaos - 10.02.2012 at 11:55  
Rating: 7 Goddammit, I need this on my Spotify already!
MétalNoir - 10.02.2012 at 17:01  
Rating: 9 This album has the same problem Everything Remains had : layers of cool folk on generic (read "boring") Gothenburg metal. Plus, Anna taking more and more place? I don't know... Her contribution was great on "Slania's Song" and "Qoth the Raven", but she sounds fucking annoying wether she sings ("A Rose for Epona") or shrieks ("The Siege"). The band is even beginning to recycle old melodies, which is never a good thing. I'll keep on listening and hope this will grow on me but so far I'm not very enthusiast.
chronic-headache - 12.02.2012 at 05:42  
  I say POO to the nay sayers, this is one of my most antipated releases of 2012!!
Wes - 13.02.2012 at 00:18  
Rating: 8 definitely has value to me as an album, but not as good as the last ones most likely. Still needs time.
3dd - 13.02.2012 at 15:39  
Rating: 5 Bah, nothing new or special here. I gave it 3 chances, and all I can say is that "Meet The Enemy" is a good song.

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!


Yes, Eluveitie always made a generic sound, not original at all. Evocation I - The Arcane Dominion was a kind of exception, though.
AXA - 14.02.2012 at 07:11  
Rating: 4 I don't like this album with this stuff
...fast and Noisy album
I don't feel any thing special in this band .
dream weaver - 14.02.2012 at 10:49  
  Huge disappointment,uninspired.Please raise your standards metalheads!
Rulatore - 15.02.2012 at 03:42  
Rating: 1 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....
Kenos - 15.02.2012 at 03:53  
 
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.
Kenos - 16.02.2012 at 02:38  
 
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.
VaronoZz - 17.02.2012 at 14:22  
Rating: 9 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!
VaronoZz - 17.02.2012 at 14:26  
Rating: 9
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
VaronoZz - 17.02.2012 at 19:03  
Rating: 9
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.
VaronoZz - 17.02.2012 at 22:17  
Rating: 9
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.
neonxaos - 19.02.2012 at 13:46  
Rating: 7 This is definitely no Slania, but I gotta spin it some more...
AngelofDeth - 20.02.2012 at 19:48  
Rating: 3 The Folk equivalent to Khaos Legions.
AngelofDeth - 25.02.2012 at 04:15  
Rating: 3
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.
EpicMayhem - 25.02.2012 at 04:19  
Rating: 9 Don't know what all the fuss is about, I'm thoroughly enjoying this release personally.
Pesek - 28.02.2012 at 16:47  
Rating: 6 The best song is cover... no, no, no... very very sad....
musicalkaratekid - 28.02.2012 at 23:27  
Rating: 8
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.
beyondtehdarksun - 29.02.2012 at 20:32  
Rating: 6 At first listen, the usual problem: all the 'metal' songs sound the same...
tirim4 - 29.02.2012 at 23:25  
  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.
M C Vice - 02.03.2012 at 10:32  
Rating: 8 Please make the intro tracks stop.
On The Siege, the higher, Freddy Lim-esque voice: is that Anna Murphy giving harsh vocals a go?
beyondtehdarksun - 02.03.2012 at 11:42  
Rating: 6
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.
Aw Yiss - 06.03.2012 at 22:05  
Rating: 6 '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.
*!* - 22.03.2012 at 00:51  
Rating: 8 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.
WorpeX - 31.03.2012 at 18:53  
Rating: 8 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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