Re­jigged folk metal troupe head down the acous­tic path

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums -

Eluveitie are no strangers to line-up changes, but when three core mem­bers left last year it shocked the folk metal com­mu­nity. Evo­ca­tion II – Pan­theon, fea­tur­ing six new mem­bers, is the band’s sec­ond acous­tic re­lease – a style that suits Eluveitie’s mourn­ful yet joy­ous take on Celtic metal. Stripped of their heav­ier sen­si­bil­i­ties, and with founder and multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist Chrigel Glanz­mann fore­go­ing death growls, Evo­ca­tion II… is car­ried by a serene, el­e­men­tal sense of mys­tery. Many of the tracks be­gin with the sound of rain and new vo­cal­ist Fa­bi­enne Erni’s haunt­ing, earthy tones con­tinue the band’s trend of singing in an­cient Celtic lan­guage, Gaul­ish (where do they find th­ese Gaul­ish-flu­ent singers?). At 18 tracks it’s a tad over­long, but in songs like Epona, Lvgvs and Nan­tosvelta, Eluveitie have un­earthed some real ear­worms.

FOR FANS OF: Kor­pik­laani, Fin­ntroll, Moon­sor­row


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