ELUVEITIE Band Working On Second Acoustic Album, 'Evocation II'

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Folk metal, Melodic death metal
Eluveitie (/ɛlˈveɪti/ el-VAY-ti)[1] is a Swiss folk metal band from Winterthur, Zurich, founded in 2002 by Chrigel Glanzmann. The project's first EP, Vên, was released in 2003. Vên was a studio project of Glanzmann's, but its success led to the recruitment of a full band. The band then released a full-length album, Spirit, in June 2006. In November 2007, Eluveitie was signed by Nuclear Blast. The group rose to fame following the release of their first major-label album, Slania, in February 2008. The album peaked at number 35 in the Swiss charts and number 72 in the German charts.

Eluveitie describe themselves as "The new wave of folk metal". The band's style incorporates characteristics of melodic death metal combined with the melodies of traditional Celtic music. They use traditional European instruments, including the hurdy-gurdy and bagpipes, amidst guitars and both clean and harsh vocals. Their lyrics include references to Celtic mythology, particularly the Celtic Gaul village. The lyrics are often in the extinct ancient language Gaulish. The name of the band comes from graffiti on a vessel from Mantua (ca. 300 BC). The inscription in Etruscan letters reads eluveitie, which has been interpreted as the Etruscan form of the Celtic (h)elvetios (“the Helvetian”), presumably referring to a man of Helvetian descent living in Mantua.

Swiss folk metallers ELUVEITIE are working on their next album, the long-awaited second part of their acoustic concept effort "Evocation".

The band plans to start the studio recording at the end of the year and to release the album next spring.

ELUVEITIE mastermind Chrigel Glanzmann comments: "We're looking forward to 'Evocation II'!

"The concept of the album sticks in our head already for years and it has matured a lot.

"Our second acoustic album will continue the tradition of the first one but it will be even more rough, folk and mystic! It will be the Celtic mythology in its pure culture, formed into music!"

ELUVEITIE has also announced its first Swiss acoustic tour of 2016. At these shows, ELUVEITIE will give fans a taste of what they can expect from the new record in the form of some brand new material.

ELUVEITIE in May announced the departure of drummer Merlin Sutter, vocalist Anna Murphy and guitarist Ivo Henzi.

The band's latest album, "Origins", was released in August 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records. The effort was once again recorded at New Sound Studio in Pfäffikon, a municipality in the canton of Zurich in Switzerland, with producer Tommy Vetterli (a.k.a. Tommy T. Baron; CORONER/ex-KREATOR guitarist).
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