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Eluveitie's Slania, a Modern Folk-Metal Masterpiece!

Discussion in 'Heathen Crusade' started by PurpleCrayonWriter, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. PurpleCrayonWriter

    PurpleCrayonWriter Just a Kid at Heart

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    While I wait for my CD to arrive from Germany, I downloaded a copy of Slania, the new release from Swiss Folk-Metal octet Eluveitie. ( I don't know about you, but I think it's totally kick-ass to see Sevan Kirder heavy metallin' on the bagpipes.

    The album clocks in at around 45 minutes in length and contains four (two metal, two acoustic) Celtic-themed instrumental tracks, interspersed between truly compelling songs that feature what's become Eluveitie's trademark sound: traditional Celtic instruments (bagpipes, hurdy-gurdy, violin, flute) mixed with death-metal vocals, and a guitar/bass/drum onslaught that's intense in a Dark Tranquillity sort of way. Here's the track listing:

    1. Samon (instrumental)
    2. Primordial Breath
    3. Inis Mona
    4. Grey Sublime Archon
    5. Anagantios (instrumental)
    6. Bloodstained Ground
    7. The Somber Lay
    8. Slanias Song
    9. Giamonios (instrumental)
    10. Tarvos
    11. Calling The Rain
    12. Elembivos (instrumental)

    Sure, other Folk-Metal bands play heavier, faster, louder. But none play it walking -- without falling -- the precarious tightrope between ancient-Celtic traditions and modern-metal intensities. Eluveitie will be the band to watch on the upcoming Pagan Fest USA 2008 tour.

    Bill
     
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    Awesome song. Great band.
     
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    Let's talk about good viking metal releases, like Steadfast! It's amazing
     
  4. Reign in Acai

    Reign in Acai Gnats before thy gums

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    Is that Alexi Laiho's little brother Andy on vocals? Fuck this poppy folk shit!
     
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    Dmanx Pit Jester of Tranquillity

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    I dig this band but it seems like this is Nuclear Blast's big push to market the folk metal genre to the masses.

    Spirit was a good release and the new one sounds decent too.
     
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    I really don't like this album. Spirit had it's metalcore-ish moments that were tolerable, but the new one is just unbearable to me. I couldn't make it through a whole song, just kept skipping to the next one hoping it would be better. Very, very disappointing.
     
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    When it comes to Folky stuff... I love... Lumsk and Mael Mordha.
     
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    Reign in Acai Gnats before thy gums

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    Fuck yea, unlike this faggy shit. Am I rite?!?!


    :kickass:
     
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    I would not go far as to say masterpiece just yet, but I will still pick it up when it becomes available in the U.S.
     
  10. PurpleCrayonWriter

    PurpleCrayonWriter Just a Kid at Heart

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    You guys are a tough crowd. :)

    Bill
     
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    Reign in Acai Gnats before thy gums

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    PurpleCrayonWriter Just a Kid at Heart

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    That's a great link!

    I love reading the comments about how bad people think Eluveitie is.

    I own close to 3,000 CDs. My tastes range far and wide, and have for over 30 years. I'm always on the lookout for good music, and I try to avoid the bad. Maybe my ears aren't as keen as they used to be.

    Help me out. Can those who think Eluveitie is crap provide a lucid reason why? I'm not being critical of your opinion. I'd like to understand it.

    1. Is the musicianship poor?
    2. Are the lyrics badly written?
    3. Do you prefer less traditional instruments (hurdy-gurdy, flute, violin, etc.) and more metal guitars?
    4. What about the lead singer do you dislike?
    5. In other words, is there anything objective to indicate Eluveitie is crap? Or are your opinions based on personal tastes and preferences?

    Thanks for your input!

    Cheers,

    Bill
     
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    I think the vocalist is to quiet on half hte tracks and then when hes loud(like that video) its crap.
     
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    Yeah... the vocals need to be higher in the mix. Who ever mixed it should be shot.
     
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    Maybe they realized the vocals are the weakest part of the band and decided to drown it out in some parts :p

    I don't have any complaints about it otherwise. Good album that will get quite a few listens from me, but it definitely fails in comparison to Spirit.
     
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    I honestly don't like the metal factor of the new album. It's generic, metalcore/melodic death sounding stuff, and I just can't get into that. Some of these songs sound like new In Flames mixed with folk instruments, and that is a bad thing. It seems like they're trying to garner some mainstream appeal, with all the trendy metalcore scene kids.
     
  17. Det Som Engang Var

    Det Som Engang Var Viking Bastard

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    Which is why it's such a god damn shame. The folk aspects of this band are the best in the genre. Far better than anything Vratyas Vakyas or Lars Jensen could compose with a flute or fiddle, but the vocals and guitar work are just complete and utter shit.

    Spirit was a masterpeice, Slania is a disappointment. Fuck Paganfest, I barely feel like going now.
     
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    There's still Týr to look forward to, unless you aren't a fan. Týr is my main reason for attending Paganfest anyway.
     
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    Det Som Engang Var Viking Bastard

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    I like Tyr sometimes.
     
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    Honestly, Eluvetie is some of the worst folk metal that I've ever heard.
     

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