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Eluveitie – Origins

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Last Updated on 02:11 AM by Giorgos Tsekas

Genre: Melodic Death / Folk Metal
Country: Switzerland
Label: Nuclear Blast
Year: 2014

Eluveitie are definitely among the most popular bands in the folk / viking territories, with six records in twelve years and a pretty sizable fanbase of metalheads and non-metalheads alike. The band established itself with their awesome first two albums Spirit and Slania and have been keeping up ever since, releasing Origins this year.

The style of Eluveitie is by now distinctive and maybe a bit repetitive, fusing energetic folk melodies with standard melodeath guitar riffs. They haven’t produced anything different than what they have done in their previous records (excluding Evocation I) and maintain their own character and their own sound with Origins as well. The record naturally lasts almost an hour and contains no less than sixteen compositions.

I was not overwhelmed with the guitar work on the album, which is basically a collection of recycled, Eluveitie-ish melodic death metal riffs. However, it’s not the main characteristic of the album and serves it’s purpose well in creating a thick sound behind the traditional instrumentation and the afflicting vocals. Meaning that all Eluveitie fans will probably enjoy all about it anyway.

No complaints about the awesome vocal variety, from the amazing harsh screams to the stellar female cleans, fixing all the misgivings I had about the guitars right away. Having interludes of narrating stories like the album’s intro / outro, “Nothing”, “Ogmios” and the ending of “The Call of the Mountains”, origins flows like a fairy tale of a time long gone and that feeling is really good.

What really works and always has with Eluveitie is the combination of the female vocals with the cellos / bagpipes etc… These traditional instruments are again flawless and offer the biggest pleasure of all in Origins and the music of Eluveitie in general. Standout tracks were “Celtos”, “Virunus”, “The Call of the Mountains” and “Carry the Torch” for me.

Even though their new record is close to what has always been with Eluveitie and gets a bit repetitive towards the end, it has all the good points of the band and won’t disappoint to a certain degree. I’m not the hugest fan but not a hater either so it felt nice listening to it, even though I don’t know how many repeats it will get in the future.

4/6

VJ
VJ
The gate of the cavern is despair, and its floor is paved with the gravestones of abandoned hopes. There Self must die; there the eagerness, the greed of untamed desire must be slain, for only so can the soul be freed from the empire of Fate.

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