Eluveitie – Origins – Nuclear Blast– Out Now
Eluveitie’s star has risen with great speed since its small start as a studio project back in the winter of ‘02/’03. It soon became clear that Eluveitie had to become a real band and in 2006 the debut album “Spirit” came out and the rest is history, to pull a big cliché out of a drinking horn. A furious mix of Gothenburg melodic death metal and Celtic folk music proved to be a huge success for the band and after four regular studio albums and one acoustic album we arrive at the sixth album “Origins”.
Chrigel Glanzmann – Vocals, Mandola & Mandolin, Tin & Low Whistles, Bagpipes, Bodhràn
Anna Murphy – Hurdygurdy, Vocals, Flute
Nicole Ansperger – Fiddle
Ivo Henzi – Guitars
Rafael Salzmann – Guitars
Patrick Kistler – Tin & Low Whistles, Bagpipe
Kay Brem – Bass
Merlin Sutter – Drums
“Origins” continues along the same lines as, one of my personal favorites of all time, predecessor “Helvetios”, giving you a healthy dose of melody and heaviness. However, “Origins” feels a lot more subdued, less harsh. The guitars seems to be a bit softer in the mix and the balance between the vocals of Chrigel and Anna seem to have shifted more in favour of Anna’s clean vocals. Some might take that as a bad thing, but what it mostly does is to emphasize the melodic side of the band. Back in the past all the violins, flutes and whatnot were easily pushed aside by the heavy pounding assault of the guitars and drums.
Before the release of the album the band already released two songs into the wild: “King” and “The Call of the Mountains”, both which showcase the two faces that this album has. “King” shows off the heavy side, reminiscent of “Slania”, whereas “The Call of the Mountains” has a main focus on Anna and an overall more accessible side to it.
The latter actually goes for a lot of the album, it’s quite accessible; both due to the more melodic structure of the songs, less emphasis on heavy guitars and the very enjoyable vocals of Anna. It lacks a lot of the punch that “Helvetios” had and personally I don’t dig it as much as I had hoped upfront. The album is still undeniably Eluveitie, but if they purposefully chose for a slightly softer and more melodic approach, they might have benefited more from recording a second acoustic album instead. It has been in demand for quite a while now anyway. As it stands, “Origins” is a good addition to the band’s repertoire, but it’s missing the fire to actually be a stand-out album.
Undeniably an Eluveitie album, yet at the same time it lacks the aggression that the band had in the past. I’d still recommend it for all people interested in Celtic music as well as heavy music, yet it’s not one of their better albums, I’m afraid.
- The Nameless
- From Darkness
- The Call of the Mountains
- The Silver Sister
- The Day of Strife
- Carry the Torch
Score: 3.8 out of 5
Text by: Robert Popovic