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Artist: Eluveitie
Album: Origins
Genre: Folk Metal
Release Date: August 1, 2014

This week’s album was originally intended to be last week’s but due to the untimely passing of Justin Lowe, I featured an After the Burial album instead. This week’s feature is the sixth album from Swiss Celtic folk metal band Eluveitie, Origins. Origins was released almost exactly a year ago, but I only just purchased it last week.

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Eluveitie is an eight member band that blends traditional Celtic folk instrumentation with some good ole melodic death metal, and pack their lyrics full of Gaulish mythology. That theme is what Origins is based around. Every song on the album explores an aspect of Gaulish mythology. If you didn’t know, the Gauls were a Celtic tribe that lived across a large swath of Western Europe, including Eluveitie’s homeland of Switzerland, before they were wiped out by the Romans. The band even goes so far as to write some of the songs on Origins almost entirely in ancient Gaulish.

There’s a lot of interesting stuff happening on this album. Origins is bookended by a spoken-word intro and outro, and contains a handful of spoken-word intermezzos that tie into the album’s music. It gives the album an unique feel when you listen through all the way. Of course, the main reason to listen is the fantastic music. My personal favorite songs are “Celtos,” “The Call of the Mountains,” “Vianna,” “The Silver Sister,” and “King,” but as I said, every song is good. I noticed that most of my favorites are songs on which hurdy-gurdy player and co-vocalist Anna Murphy provides her beautiful voice, which is only a handful. Of course frontman Chrigel Glanzmann’s growls are top notch as well.

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Other things to note with this album is that it is the first to feature new members Ivo Henzi and Nicole Ansperger on guitar and violin respectively, and the last to feature exiting bagpipe player Patrick “Päde” Kistler.

Take a listen to Origins below and let me know what you think!

Album of the Week brings you an album to listen to every week. Maybe a new release, maybe an old favorite. My tastes range from alt-rock to technical death metal and everything in between, but if there’s something else you want to hear, be sure to leave your suggestions! Check out last week’s album!

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