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Formed: 2002
From: Switzerland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Eluveitie News

Below is our complete Eluveitie news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Eluveitie Recruits New Violinist

After announcing its split with Meri Tadic, Swiss folk metal institution Eluveitie is pleased to officially announce Nicole Ansperger as the band's new violinist. Eluveitie comments:

"As hard as farewells can be, as auspicious are new beginnings! We are thrilled to introduce to you Meri's successor. We consider ourselves lucky to have found a true master of Celtic Folk fiddling! A full-blooded musician and violin player through and through, she has played countless shows over many years and also played as a session musician for many well-known acts (such as The Hooters, for instance).

"During the last ten years she further made a name for herself through her engagement with the Irish folk rock bands Paddy Goes To Holyhead and Across The Border, but also the renowned medieval/classical metal act Haggard. Not only a virtuoso of the fiddle, she also plays the 7-stringed violin as well as the cello! So, ladies and gentlemen - please welcome to the Eluveitie camp: Nicole Ansperger!”

Nicole also adds: “Dear Eluveitie fans, I am absolutely delighted to be Eluveitie’s new violin player. I love Eluveitie’s music and have been a fan myself for a long time. Is there anything better than getting to play for the band you love? I am looking forward to many sweat-inducing, incredible shows with you and the band. See you on stage!”

Nicole will join on stage with Eluveitie for the first time at the upcoming "Eluveitie & Friends" festival and will play a brand new song from the group's next album.

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Eluveitie Splitting With Violin Player

Swiss folk metal institution Eluveitie is parting ways on mutual agreement with longtime violinist Meri Tadic at the end of 2013.

The “Eluveitie & Friends III” festival, which will take place on December 28th, 2013 in Frauenfeld, Switzerland, will be the final appearance of the eight piece music act. The band comments:

"There is an end to all things‘ is a saying. Nevertheless, having to say goodbye is never easy. Meri has been an important part of Eluveitie for 11 years – we have played hundreds of shows around the globe together! We will miss Meri, but foremost we want to say: Thank you for 11 years spent together!

"Every ending means a new start and a new chance. We are looking forward to working with Meri’s successor very much and to have new musical influences this way – we are in the midst of a creative working progress for our new album. In this sense this means: Excitement & creative mode: ON!"

Meri also comments:

"After 11 years of Eluveitie I have decided that it is time for me to move on. I have had the privilege to live through wonderful and unique years on stage and on the road as well as rough ones within the band. My decision has absolutely nothing to do with Irij and the upcoming album. Since many of you know i already have been involved with Irij for quite a few years now. Nevertheless i'll continue with and evolve on my musical journey and thus focusing on the new release, debut shows, rehearsals, new influences and possibilities. More...

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Nuclear Blast To Release New "Monsters Of Metal"

Nuclear Blast Records will be releasing "Monster of Metal Volume 9," a new DVD/Blu-Ray compilation, on January 10th, 2014.

"Monsters of Metal" will bring you a total of 45 music videos from all corners of the metal genre with a total duration of 211 minutes.

Check out a trailer below, and the complete track listing is as follows:

01. Accept – Teutonic Terror
02. Amorphis – Hopeless Days
03. Avantasia - Sleepwalking
04. Black Star Riders – Hey Judas
05. Doro – Raise Your Fist In The Air
06. Epica – Storm The Sorrow
07. Gotthard- Starlight
08. Korpiklaani - Rauta
09. Nightwish – Storytime (live)
10. Powerwolf – Amen & Attack
11. Rage - 21
12. Sabaton – Ghost Division (live)
13. Sonata Artcica – I Have A Right
14. Threshold – Staring At The Sun
15. Anti-mortem– Stagnant Water
16. Asking Alexandria – Closure
17. Children Of Bodom - Transference
18. Eluveitie - Havoc
19. Hatebreed – Honor Never Dies
20. Heaven Shall Burn– Hunters Will Be Hunted
21. Hypocrisy – End Of Disclosure
22. In Flames – Where The Dead Ships Dwell
23. Kataklysm - Elevate
24. Meshuggah – Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
25. Moonspell - Lickantrope
26. Nile – Enduring The Eternal Molestation Of Flame
27. Soilwork – Spectrum Of Eternity
28. Suffocation – As Grace Descends
29. Suicide Silence – You Only Live Once
30. Thy Art Is Murder – Reign Of Darkness
31. Death Angel - Truce
32. Destruction - Carnivore
33. Devildriver – The Appetite
34. Kreator – Phantom Antichrist
35. Legion Of The Damned – Mountain Wolves Under A Crescent Moon
36. Lost Society – Kill (those Who Oppose Me)
37. Overkill – Electric Rattlesnake
38. Tankard – A Girl Called Cerveza
39. Testament – Native Blood
40. Free Fall– World Domination
41. Graveyard – Endless Night
42. Kadavar – Come Back Life
43. Orchid - Capricorn
44. Scorpion Child – Polygon Of Eyes
45. The Vintage Caravan – Expand Your Mind More...

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Caladmor Taps Eluveitie Member For New Album

Swiss folk metal outfit Caladmor has checked in with the following statement about the band's new album:

"It’s time to reveal some secrets from our upcoming album 'Of Stones and Stars:' The Cover! We hope you guys love it as much as we do!

"The wonderful artwork is done by Seelenzorn Design. Thank you so much for this awesome creation! Meanwhile George Necola is working hard for us in order to get on with the mixing process. So it’s only a question of some couple of weeks now until ‘Of Stones and Stars’ will be unleashed!!

"...and another secret from our upcoming album 'Of Stones and Stars' shall be revealed: Chrigel Glanzmann (Eluveitie) will appear as a guest musician on the two tracks 'Heralds of Doom' (Uillean Pipes) and 'Dawn of the Deceiver' (Flutes & Uillean Pipes)!

"Thank you Chrigel for your absolute brilliant work! We are really happy that you gave us your support." More...

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Eluveitie Suffers Vehicle Breakdown On Tour

Folk metal act Eluveitie, named as the best live act of 2012 during our annual best-of awards, has checked in with the following announcement about getting stuck out on tour:

"It is with much regret that we have to announce that we are stuck in Poland, roughly 800 km from Vilnius, in a broken bus. Even though we have tried all possible options, neither we nor our friends from Wisdom will be able to make the show tonight.

"We are absolutely devastated to miss this gig, which was to be Eluveitie's second appearance in Lithuania and the first since our appearance with Kreator in 2009. We hope to be able to make it up to our Lithuanian fans soon!" More...

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Metalunderground.com's Best Of 2012 Awards

Metalunderground.com wishes all our regulars and newcomers a happy new year as we look forward to a 2013 full of improvements and hopefully even more awesome metal than the preceding year. The 2011 “best of the year” piece ended up so late it actually became an April Fool’s joke (with “Lulu” of course winning the top album spot), but this time around we’re going to dive right into a retrospective of the last 365 days of metal and how they impacted the scene at large.

Recent years have been fairly uneven for metal, punctuated by stellar releases surrounded by flops and mediocre albums from the big names. We’ve seen the continuing sad decline of some of the oldest and biggest names in metal in the past few years, but 2012 shook that up and was a year where the underground earned a greater focus.

2012 was a highly productive year for several prominent sub-genres (power, prog, and djent all saw a horde of releases from acts both known and unknown), but a little more sparse for others (there were only a handful of symphonic black metal releases by established bands.) Considering the sheer number of albums, EPs, singles, demos, etc. that see the light of day per year, we’re inevitably going to end up overlooking some that were definitely good releases, so please accept our apologies in advance if a band you dig didn’t get a nod. We love all forms of metal, and there’s just no way to cover everything that happened in 2012 in a single article.

While 2012 was an off-year on the release schedule for some of the highest profile acts, there were still plenty of bands in the upper echelons that dropped new material. Metaldom saw albums hit from the likes of Between the Buried and Me, Therion, The Sword, Dethklok, Cradle of Filth, Kamelot, Enslaved, Katatonia, Korpiklaani, Borknagar, and Lacuna Coil. Obviously that alone covers a huge range of sound, and we also got to hear some highly anticipated new material from God Seed, Ministry, Wintersun, Baroness, Meshuggah, Woods of Ypres, and Ex Deo. Some of those ended up being worth the hype, while others didn’t meet the high level of expectation, and below you’ll see how our contributors voted on last year’s releases.

Before we jump into the different categories and winners, I’d like to mention how this was such a good year for bands that mash up genres. Fans of different styles colliding were in for a treat as cross-genre experimentation seems to be becoming more of the norm these days. The Wretched End blended together death and thrash, Diablo Swing Orchestra worked swing music into metal, Kontrust melds pop and metal, Stealing Axion worked through just about every sub-genre that exists, and Nachtblut blurred the lines between industrial and symphonic black metal. It seems like this trend is running strong and cross pollination is going to widen metal fan’s musical horizons and introduce mainstream music enthusiasts into the more extreme stuff. More...

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Eluveitie Posts Part II Of Tour Documentary

Swiss folk act Eluveitie posted the second part of the "Helvetios" World Tour Documentary, which showcases behind the scenes footage, interviews and performance clips from the band's long world tour for the album "Helvetios." The tour itself continues on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, when the band travels North America once again, this time with Wintersun and Varg, where the entire "Helvetios" album will be played (see link for tour dates).

Check out the documentary footage here:

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Eluveitie To Perform Full "Helvetios" Album

Swiss folk metal act Eluveitie has issued the following announcement about performing the full "Helvetios" album on upcoming tour dates with Varg:

"North American tour update: the full album 'Helvetios' to be performed live! We cannot wait to be back to North America in support of our two recent releases, for the first time headlining with material from our latest concept album. To celebrate this occasion, we have decided to treat our North American fans to a very special show, one that in fact we have only performed once before: Besides a selection of our all-time hits, we will be playing the full album 'Helvetios' from beginning to end, live on stage, every night!

"Tickets are going fast, so make sure you get yours in time! Links can be found in the touring section on our website. Also included on the billing are Wintersun (who have just celebrated worldwide charts success with their long-awaited release 'Time I') and the German folk metal heroes from Varg." More...

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Eluveitie Frontman To Give Lecture At University

Nuclear Blast Records has issued the following announcement about Chrigel Glanzmann offering a lecture at a Swiss university:

"Chrigel Glanzmann, the front man and lyricist for Swiss folk metal superstars Eluveitie, has confirmed his participation on an open forum about the gaulish war at Zurich University. The event will take place on November 22nd, 2012 and will be hosted by Dr. Eckhard Deschler-Erb. Besides Chrigel lecturing, Eluveitie's latest effort 'Helvetios' will also be featured throughout the evening."

Chrigel adds, "We are super happy about this special request from the Zurich University. I feel deeply honoured to take part in Dr. Deschler-Erbs lecture series. This will for sure be an exciting and educational event!"

More info will be available soon at this location.

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Metal Daze: The Metalcamp Diaries, Part III

... Continued from Part II...


11:00am. After two full days of brushing my teeth with bottled water, “morning” and “night” (relative terms), without a sink, I have toothpaste streaked in white stains all over my army-green shorts. I’ve already lost count of people who’ve asked me how much I’ve been jerking it.

12:00pm. A bracing gust of wind pummels the gazebo. So far, the guy lines and tent pegs anchoring the flimsy metal stanchions to the ground have held (with some occasional coaxing), but they’ve taken a beating from the continuous breeze. We’re situated on the crest of a slope that scoops up the air and sends it hurtling into our camp. More...

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Varg Confirms North American Tour

Today, German pagan metallers Varg confirm their first North American tour, starting next month, alongside Nuclear Blast recording artists Eluveitie and Wintersun. Touring in support of the forthcoming "Guten Tag" album - set for North American release on November 27th through NoiseArt (and distributed by NAPALM), along with a reissue of last year's "Wolfskult" album - the 21-date tour will start out west on November 28th and then conclude out east on December 21st.

The band also commented: "Soon we will come to America and Canada to support the mighty Wintersun and the great Eluveitie. It's our very first North American tour, so it's up to you to show us how you metalheads party over there. Watch out for our last Wolfmetal massacre Wolfskult, which entered the German Album charts on #33, and be prepared for our new album Guten Tag hitting stores in late November - two albums full of pure Wolfmetal and Rock 'n' Roll! Let's have a big Rock'n Roll Party! The German Wolves are coming! Skål!" More...

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Wintersun Announces First North American Tour

Finnish metal band Wintersun announced that the band tour North America for the first time in support of Swiss folk masters Eluveitie. Additional support will come from pagan metal lords Varg. The tour is set to commence on November 28, 2012 in Tempe, AZ at 910 Live and end on "apocalypse day," December 21, 2012 in Boston at Royale. The band's new LP "Time I" is scheduled for release on October 12th, 2012 (EU) and October 19th, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast with "Time II" expected in 2013.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

11/28/12 910 Live – Tempe, AZ
11/29/12 The Roxy Theater – Hollywood, CA
11/30/12 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
12/01/12 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
12/02/12 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
12/03/12 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
12/05/12 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
12/06/12 Republik – Calgary, AB – CANADA
12/07/12 Louis’ Pub – Saskatoon, SK – CANADA
12/08/12 West End Cultural Centre – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
12/09/12 Station 4 – Saint Paul, MN
12/11/12 Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
12/12/12 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
12/13/12 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
12/14/12 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON – CANADA
12/15/12 Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA
12/16/12 Imperial – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
12/18/12 Water Street Music Hall (at The Club) – Rochester, NY
12/19/12 Mr. Small’s Theatre – Millvale, PA
12/20/12 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
12/21/12 Royale Boston – Boston, MA More...

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Eluveitie Posts Preview Video For Unreleased Song

Swiss folk act Eluveitie posted up a preview video featuring a snippet of an exclusive unreleased song entitled "Divico." The song was partly composed 10 years ago, in late 2002 and was originally supposed to appear on Eluveitie's demo, today known as "Vên," but the track wasn't finished in time. Since then, it laid idle until this spring when it was finished!

The song will appear on the band's 10th Anniversary 2CD digipak entitled "The Early Years." The release will contain the re-mastered version of the debut full length "Spirit" along with the fully re-recorded version of the debut EP "Vên." "The Early Years" was released on August 17, 2012 in Europe and will see a September 25, 2012 North American release through Nuclear Blast.

Check out the preview video here:

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Eluveitie Posts New Interview Footage

Swiss act Eluveitie posted up new interview footage with mainman Chrigel Glanzmann regarding the the band's 10th Anniversary 2CD digipak entitled "The Early Years." The release will contain the re-mastered version of the debut full length "Spirit" along with the fully re-recorded version of the debut EP "Vên." "The Early Years" is slated for release on August 17, 2012 (EU) and September 25, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast.

The band is streaming the recorded versions of "Your Gaulish War" at this location and "Lament" over at this location. Check out the interview here:

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Eluveitie Posts "Your Gaulish War" Lyric Video

Swiss act Eluveitie posted up a lyric video for the newly re-mastered version of "Your Gaulish War" which appears on the band's 10th Anniversary 2CD digipak entitled "The Early Years." The release will contain the re-mastered version of the debut full length "Spirit" along with the fully re-recorded version of the debut EP "Vên." The band re-recorded the EP with Coroner guitarist Tommy Vetterli (a/k/a Tommy T. Baron) at Newsound Studio. "The Early Years" is slated for release on August 17, 2012 (EU) and September 25, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast.

Check out the re-recorded version of "Lament" streaming at this location.

Check out the lyric video here:

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Eluveitie Streaming Re-Recorded Track "Lament"

Swiss folk masters Eluveitie are streaming the newly re-recorded song "Lament" which appears on the band's 10th Anniversary 2CD digipak entitled "The Early Years." The release will contain the debut full length "Spirit" along with the fully re-recorded version of the debut release/EP "Vên" (on which "Lament" originally appeared). The band re-recorded the EP with Coroner guitarist Tommy Vetterli (a/k/a Tommy T. Baron) at Newsound Studio. "The Early Years" is slated for an August 17, 2012 release date through Nuclear Blast.

Check out the "Lament" here:

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Dew-Scented Confirmed For Summer Breeze

This year's Summer Breeze festival will be taking place from August 16th - 18th, with full details available at the festival's website here. The organizers of Summer Breeze have now issued the following announcement about confirming new bands:

"Since the release of their amazing breakthrough album 'Inwards', Dew-Scented have been at the forefront of European thrash metal. Since then, the cool bunch led by frontman Leif Jensen have been producing fantastic albums full of unstoppable riff power and overwhelming intensity at nicely regular intervals, cementing the band's excellent reputation time and again. In 2012, Dew-Scented aim at kick-starting their career with an entirely new line-up – with the exception of band boss Leif – and the fantastic new album 'Icarus', and are gearing up to shatter the Summer Breeze Open Air into small pieces. We are stoked to welcome the indestructible machine called Dew-Scented at our festival once more. Get thrashed!

"When Agrypnie played the Summer Breeze festival in 2008 for the first and only time so far, they were booked as consolation for all those who were mourning the recent disbanding of Nocte Obducta. Four years, one studio album and one EP later, the Hessians have made a career for themselves, having now reached the same level as the aforementioned group. Their new studio album is still being recorded as we speak, but their last EP 'Asche' was already an announcement for big things to come in the realm of post black metal. Expressive, multi-faceted, melancholic, dynamic – all these attributes fit Agrypnie like a glove and are underlined by the fact that their songs don't ever become predictable or interchangable. One of the most exciting bands our scene has to offer nowadays."

The Summer Breeze 2012 bill now looks like: More...

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Eluveitie Reveals "The Early Years" Artwork

As was previously announced, Swiss founder of the “New Wave Of Folk Metal” will sweeten your summer with a new CD package over the course of its 10th anniversary.

Following the release of fifth studio album, "Helvetios," in February 2012, it’s time to take a big step into the band’s past with the release of a 2-CD-Digipak-bundle, "The Early Years," on August 28th via Nuclear Blast.

The collection will consist of the band’s sought-after debut album, "Spirit," plus a completely re-recorded version of the band’s very first EP “Vên,” which is currently being laid down together with producer, Tommy Vetterli, in his Newsound Studio. The cover artwork for the new release can be viewed below. More...

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Eluveitie To Release 10th Anniversary Collection

Swiss folk masters Eluveitie will celebrate the band's 10th Anniversary this year by releasing a 2CD digipak entitled "The Early Years" containing the debut full length "Spirit" along with the newly re-recorded version of the debut release/EP "Vên." The band are currently re-recording the EP with Coroner guitarist Tommy Vetterli (a/k/a Tommy T. Baron) at Newsound Studio. "The Early Years" is slated for an August 17, 2012 release date through Nuclear Blast.

Frontman Chrigel Glanzmann commented on the release: " 'The Early Years' will give both old and new fans access to the very first steps in Eluveitie’s history. I can't believe it’s been ten years already! Speaking of that, to celebrate our ten year anniversary (2002-2012) we wanted to offer you something special. Therefore we have decided to re-record the tracks of our first EP Vên! We had a lot of fun putting those songs on tape again – some of which we have been playing live to this day and that have developed together with us over all these years."

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Eluveitie Announces U.K. Tour

Swiss folk metal act Eluveitie, which will be appearing at the upcoming Summer Breeze festival, has now issued the following announcement about a U.K. tour in November:

"UK tour, including Ireland & Scotland, in November! We are happy to unveil yet another leg of our current Helvetios World Tour, which will join forces with Sabaton this fall. The tour will continue throughout the UK in November, including our very first appearances in Ireland!"

1.11.12, UK, Norwich Waterfront
2.11.12, UK, Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
3.11.12, UK, Manchester HMV Ritz
4.11.12, SCO, Glasgow Garage
6.11.12, IRE, Dublin Button Factory
7.11.12, IRE, Belfast The Limelight
9.11.12, UK, London HMV Forum
10.11.12, UK, Cardiff Great Hall 2
11.11.12, UK, Sheffield Corporation

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