Music / Eluveitie

Catoues caletoi
Urit namantas anrimius
Ro- te isarnilin -urextont,
Au glannabi rhenus
Ad ardus alpon,
Tou' magisa matua
Tou' brigas iuerilonas...
Slania's Song

Eluveitie are a Swiss Folk Metal band. Eluveitie blends elements of Melodic Death Metal with Celtic folk music, all with a pagan theme. As far as folk metal bands go, they are a fairly well known and well established act, having released 6 full length studio albums since 2006. One of them, Slania (2008) charted in Switzerland and Germany.

Current lineup (as of late 2017 tour)

  • Chrigel Glanzmann – vocals, mandola, whistles, pipes, gaita, acoustic guitar, bodhrán, harp (2002–present)
  • Kay Brem – bass (2008–present)
  • Rafael Salzmann – lead guitar (2012–present)
  • Matteo Sisti – bagpipes, tin whistle, mandola (2014–present)
  • Alain Ackermann – drums (2016–present)
  • Jonas Wolf – rhythm guitar (2016–present)
  • Michalina Malisz – hurdy-gurdy (2016–present)
  • Nicole Ansperger – violin, backing vocals (2013–2015, 2016–present)
  • Fabienne Erni - female vocals, celtic harp, mandola (2017–present)

Live members

  • Nicolas Winter - bass (2015-2016)
  • Liv Kristine - vocals (2016)
  • Martina Lory - vocals (2016)
  • Laura Fella - vocals (2016)
  • César Gonin - bass (2018)

Former members

  • Merlin Sutter – drums (2004–2016)
  • Ivo Henzi – rhythm guitar (2004–2016)
  • Anna Murphy – hurdy-gurdy, vocals (2006–2016)
  • Shir-Ran Yinon - violin, vocals (2015–2016)
  • Patrick "Päde" Kistler – bagpipes, whistles, vocals (2008–2014)
  • Meri Tadić – violin, vocals (2003–2013)
  • Siméon Koch – lead guitar, vocals (2004–2012)
  • Sevan Kirder – bagpipes, flutes, whistles, vocals (2003–2008)
  • Rafi Kirder – bass, vocals (2004–2008)
  • Linda Suter – violin, vocals (2004–2006)
  • Sarah Wauquiez – hurdy-gurdy, crumhorn, accordion, vocals (2005–2006, guest 2009)
  • Dani Fürer – lead guitar (2003–2004)
  • Severin Binder – vocals, bagpipes, flutes, whistles (2004–2005)
  • Philipp Reinmann – Irish bouzouki (2003–2004)
  • Dide Marfurt – hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes (2003–2005)
  • Gian Albertin – bass, vocals, sound effects (2003–2004)
  • Dario Hofstetter – drums (2003–2004)
  • Yves Tribelhorn – rhythm guitar (2003–2004)
  • Mättu Ackermann – violin (2003–2004)

  • Spirit (2006)
  • Slania (2008)
  • Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion (2009)
  • Everything Remains (As It Never Was) (2010)
  • Helvetios (2012)
  • Origins (2014)
  • Evocation II: Pantheon (2017)

Eluveitie has examples of:

  • Audience Participation Song - Inis Mona, Slania's Song & The Call of the Mountains. They normally preform The Call of the Mountains in Swiss-German (De Reuf vo de Bärge) to allow for this.
  • Careful with That Axe - If you listen to Anna on The Siege and compare her to Chrigel, it sure seems like this.
  • Celtic Mythology
  • Everything's Louder with Bagpipes
  • Folk Metal - Of the Celtic variety.
  • Horrible History Metal
  • I Am the Band - Chrigel. Out of the lineup from Slania, Chrigel is the only one who remains.
  • Indecipherable Lyrics - Unless of course you speak the dead language Gaulish, which Eluveitie uses for some lyrics.
  • Motor Mouth - Averted. Chrigel and Anna growl/sing in a slow and understandable way.
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly - as is the case with most folk metal bands.
  • New Sound Album - Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion was the band's first acoustic album, ditching the metal for almost pure folk music. It appears the plan is to occasionally release pure folk albums along with folk-metal albums.
    • Confirmed with the release of Evocation II
  • Non-Appearing Title - Your Gaulish War, Elembivos, Slania's Song, Bloodstained Ground, Primordial Breath, Samon, Omnos, Carnutian Forest, Nata, The Arcane Dominion, A Girl's Oath, Lugdūnon, (Do)minion, Qouth the Raven, Everything Remains As It Never Was [They say 'It will remain as it never was.], Otherworld, A Rose for Epona, Tullianum, The Siege, The Uprising, Scorched Earth, Luxtos, Carry the Torch, The Silver Sister, Inception, Virunus.
  • Lyrical Dissonance - Songs like The Siege and Thousandfold are more upbeat and their sound doesn't really match the lyrics.
    • Brictom seems like quite a positive song compared to their other songs. And then you learn it's based off of a curse tablet and the lyrics have deliberately been left untranslated. By scientists...
    • Vianna is a much softer song but the lyrics are supposedly about a girl who was sacrificed.
    • Omnos. Omnos in English is Fear. Listen to the song and read the translated lyrics with it.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni - Anna & Chrigel. This is shown between the two vocalists. Anna is normally shown to be cracking jokes and she is a lot more fun loving. Chrigel is shown to be quieter and he doesn't make as many jokes as Anna does.
  • Revolving Door Band - The line-up has had many session musicians and with the exception of Chrigel, the line-up from their first 2 albums has either quit or been fired.
  • Rock Trio - Since Merlin being fired and Ivo & Anna leaving to follow him, they have since made a band called Cellar Darling (With is named after Anna's solo album.) It consists of them with Anna being the vocalist and hurdy-gurdist, Ivo being the guitarist and bassist and Merlin being the drummer.
  • "Setting Off" Song - Luxtos from Helvetios. "At the rise of a new dawn, rose the children of the sun to inhabit a kingdom augustly crowded in rock mass vast."
  • Silly Love Songs - While not a love song, Home has the lines: "On that day, in our place I recall the smell of the rain. And I'd protect you from them if you want me to take, take you there again! Good night my love, let me watch you sleep from here or above..."
  • Soprano and Gravel: Surprisingly averted; Anna Murphy alternates between clean singing and a Death Growl as harsh as the male vocalist's.
    • Averted with new singer Fabienne Erni, who thus far leaves the gravel to Chrigel.
  • Two Girls to a Team - The Hurdy-Gurdist & Violinist. Which was Anna & Meri for a long time.
  • Walking the Earth - Multiple songs on Helvetios.
  • War Is Glorious / War Is Hell: The Helvetios album explores both these themes.