Eluveitie - Evocation II: Pantheon (Nuclear Blast Records)

Overall if you were screaming for a heavy folk flavour with an emphasis on acoustic passages from Eluveitie you’ll love this record,
Release Date: 
18 Aug 2017 (All day)

Swiss Folk Metal Masters Eluveitie return with their 7th album, released by Nuclear Blast Records, Evocation II: Pantheon…

With Evocation II Eluveitie push their folk sound to the limits, surpassing their familiar Folk/ Melodic Metal and have gone full circle with an acoustic raid on the listener. This change of sound is brought about by short intros just about every odd numbered song which ties into each following track building the mood, setting the temperament for the listener. 

The musicianship of this epic troupe of composers consisting of Chrigel, Kay, Rafael, Nicole, Matteo, Alain, Jonas, Michalina and Fabienne is nothing short of amazing. The use of traditional folk instruments like the Hurdy Gurdy, Bag Pipes, Celtic Harp, Mandola and Whistles is ever present making this album a Folk devotee’s dream.

The major change which is standout is that the majority of the album is only sung in clean vocals not the growls that are present in their previous works, but don’t let that disappoint you as one of the newest members Fabienne sure does a spectacular performance with her clean vocals. This shift in vocal style has opened up an ambitious new path for Eluveitie, a path that has not yet been tamed – it will be intriguing to see where Eleuveitie move on from here. 

Evocation II is an enlightened journey through what sounds like middle ages Europe, induces you into reaching for a glass of mead, sitting down and relaxing, listening to stories of old by the camp fire on your throne of pelts. To be exact, this album feels like a sturdy mixture of both ethereal music and tradition throughout history… 

Overall if you were screaming for a heavy folk flavour with an emphasis on acoustic passages from Eluveitie you’ll love this record, but if you are looking forward to hearing the dark twist of their former Folk/ Melodic Death Metal sound as on previous albums, perhaps you will have to wait till next time…