Eluveitie is a band that needs no introduction. They are one of the most successful (if not the most) folk bands these days, as their contract with Nuclear Blast easily reveals. This 8-member Swiss band that was formed in 2002 has already released 4 albums and is touring around the world with great success. Their last year’s album “Evocation I – The Arcane Dominion” was an acoustic folk album, but now they return with their “official” folk black/death metal sound.
I have to admit that Eluveitie has never been one of my favorite bands and I always found the “praise” around their name a bit too exaggerating. It is also true that I liked a lot their acoustic album. Before I listen to this album, I had read many controversial reviews, while some of them were quite disappointing for the band. So I wasn’t expecting too much from this release. Luckily enough “Everything Remains” is a very good album. I believe it’s the best and most complete work of the band so far. Of course the production and overall sound is perfect, like always. Their style remains “as it ever was”, Swedish death / black metal combined with folk tunes and instruments. Only that this time everything sounds more balanced and tight. Their guitar riffing is more melodic and in harmony with the folk scales, so the result is much more solid. The vocals are once again brutal male death metal and folk female ones, and there are as well some choirs in the refrains. There are 13 songs in this work and most of them are about 3 minutes long, so it’s more like a concept album rather than separate songs. On the other hand, there are also some more “stand-alone” songs like the hit “Thousandfold” that has already its own videoclip.
Eluveitie has managed to bring this “extreme” folk metal genre to the masses. They worked hard for this very professional result, without any compromises in their style. They played this music from the beginning and unlike other bands who want to reach higher sales, they don’t reduce their black / death metal elements. With this album they really gained my respect and changed my opinion about them. Like most releases of Nuclear Blast, there are many versions of “Everything Remains”. Except for the normal CD edition, there is a digipak version with 2 bonus songs and a bonus DVD, a box set including the digipak plus a pendant, and there is also an LP version. If you need more info and want to listen to some songs, you can visit their official pages.
Originally published on HeavyMetalCosmos