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Eluveitie at Cernunnos Fest
Background information
Origin Switzerland
Genres Folk metal, celtic metal, pagan metal, melodic death metal, acoustic folk
Years active 2002-Present
Labels Fear Dark
Nuclear Blast
Merlin Sutter
Siméon Koch
Chrigel Glanzmann
Meri Tadic
Ivo Henzi
Anna Murphy
Päde Kistler
Kay Brem

Eluveitie (pronounced El-vay-Tee[1]) is a pagan metal band from Switzerland. Their sound can be described as Celtic folk with melodic death metal influences. The band formed in 2002 and their first EP, Vên came out in 2003. The band then released a full-length album, Spirit in June 2006. In November 2007, Eluveitie was signed by Nuclear Blast.[2] The first product of the collaboration, Slania, was released in February 2008. The album peaked at number 35 in the Swiss charts and number 72 in the German charts.[3][4]

Eluveitie use traditional instruments amidst guitars and screams. The lyrics are often in the extinct language Gaulish. Eluveitie is Helvetic Gaulish for "I am the Helvetian", referring to an inscription dating to the earliest record of the Celtic Helvetii tribe from what is now Switzerland.



The band was founded in the winter of 2002 by Christian "Chrigel" Glanzmann as a studio project featuring different people on different tracks. October the following year saw the publication of the MCD Vên (Helvetian Gaulish for "wild joy" [5]). After Chrigel decided to make Eluveitie a real band instead of a studio project, he assembled nine other musicians, making it a full ten-piece band.

Shortly afterwards, the group performed its first shows, one including the Swiss metal festival Elements of Rock, and Eluveitie signed a contract with the Dutch record label Fear Dark which released a re-recorded Vên in 2004. Other live performances were played, such as on some events of "Fear Dark Festivals", and even as support for the established international pagan–folk metal acts such as Korpiklaani and Cruachan. At this point, the band became full-time, and 7 of the 10 members left for various reasons, leaving Chrigel Glanzmann, Sevan Kirder, and Meri Tadic to carry on with new members. They recruited six others, including Sevan Kirder's brother Rafi to play bass, making Eluveitie a nine-piece band.

A limited edition tribute album to the German-Icelandic band Falkenbach was published in 2006 to celebrate their 15th anniversary. The album included Eluveitie's cover song, "Vanadis".

At the beginning of 2006, there was another change in the band's line-up. Sarah Kiener was replaced by Anna Murphy to play hurdy gurdy and Linda Suter was removed, trimming the band down to eight members.

In the second quarter of 2006, the album entitled Spirit was published on Fear Dark, and in September that same year Eluveitie toured Europe with the German band Odroerir. At the end of 2006, Eluveitie signed a new recording contract with the German label Twilight Records. In early 2007, they played at Ragnarök Festival.

In November 2007, Eluveitie signed a contract with label Nuclear Blast. The new studio album Slania (a girl's name that Chrigel saw on a 2500-year-old tombstone[1]) was released on February 15, 2008.

On June 4, 2008, brothers Rafi Kirder and Sevan Kirder (bassist and bagpipe player, respectively) announced on their MySpace pages that they would leave Eluveitie following their concert at the Metal Camp Open Air in Slovenia on July 8, 2008[6].

Eluveitie's next project, Evocation, was announced in 2008. The first part of the album, Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion, was released in April 2009. [1] The band released an official special edition of this new album as Slania / Evocation I - The Arcane Metal Hammer Edition on the May Edition from the Metal Hammer, the magazine was released on 15 April 2009 with six songs from Evocation I - The Arcane Dominion and six from Slania album[7].

Eluveitie announced via their website [8] on 17 September 2009 that they were working on a new album titled Everything Remains (As It Never Was). As a winter solstice present they released the video of the song "Thousandfold" [9] from the upcoming album on 23 December at their myspace page. Closer to their album release they posted the song "Kingdom Come Undone" also on their myspace page. [10] The entire album was made available for "full prelistening" [11] through the band's myspace page on 12 February, to remain available until the album's European release. The album was released 19 February 2010. [12]

Eluveitie toured India in February 2010 when they played at the college campus of Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Assam, India. As of late February 2010, the band are on a European tour, with a schedule that concludes on 26 March at the Rocking Chair Festival in Vevey, Switzerland. The band plan to tour the US and Canada in April 2010, beginning in Ramona, California (San Diego) on 7 April.

Anna Murphy has agreed to make a guest appearance on the upcoming album Ouroboros by metal band Status Minor. [13]



Former members

  • Sevan Kirder – bagpipes, flutes, whistles, vocals (2003–2008)
  • Rafi Kirder – bass guitar, vocals (2004–2008)
  • Severin Binder – bagpipes, flutes, whistles, vocals (2004–2006)
  • Linda Suter – fiddle, vocals (2003–2004)
  • Sarah Kiener – hurdy gurdy, crumhorn, accordion, vocals (2005–2006, guest 2009)
  • Dani Fürer – lead guitar (2003–2004)
  • Dide Marfurt – hurdy gurdy, bagpipes (2003–2004)
  • Gian Albertin – bass, vocals, sound effects (2003–2004)
  • Dario Hofstetter – drums (2003–2004)
  • Yves Tribelhorn – rhythm guitar (2003–2004)
  • Philipp Reinmann – Irish bouzouki (2003–2004)
  • Mattu Ackerman – fiddle (2003–2004)

Guest musicians

  • Fredy Schnyder – guitar (2009)
  • Mina the fiddler – fiddle (2009)
  • Oliver Sa Tyr – nyckelharpa (2009)
  • Alan Averill – vocals (2009)
  • Torbjörn "Thebon" Schei – vocals (2010)
  • Brendan Wade – uilleann pipes (2010)
  • Dannii Young – spoken voice (2010)


Studio albums

Demo albums

  • Vên (2003, re-released in 2004)

Live albums

  • Live at Metalcamp (2007)


  • Omnos (2009)



  1. ^ a b c :: Metalist Magazine :: Interviews :: Eluveitie
  2. ^ "ELUVEITIE Signs With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS". 2007-11-14. Retrieved 2007-12-04. 
  3. ^ "Slania". Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  4. ^ "NUCLEAR BLAST Rocks German Charts". 2008-03-08. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  5. ^ Interview with Chrigel Glanzmann Retrieved 2010-02-24
  6. ^ Eluveitie Forum
  7. ^ Exklusive Eluveitie-CD im nächsten Metal Hammer
  8. ^ Eluveitie Forum:: View topic - RECORDING NEW ALBUM!
  9. ^ "Eluveitie - Thousandfold New Video From Everything Remains (As It Never Was)". Metal Call-Out. 2008-12-28. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  10. ^ "Eluveitie - New Song Streaming". Metal Call-Out. 2010-01-27. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  11. ^ News Retrieved 2010-02-12
  12. ^ "Everything Remains (As It Never Was): Eluveitie: Muzik". Amazon Deutschland. 2010-02-19. Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  13. ^ "Anna Murphy Guest Vocals on Status Minor Record". Metal Call-Out. March 3, 2010. Retrieved March 11, 2010. 

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Simple English

]] Eluveitie is a folk metal band from Switzerland. They started in 2002. Their style is a mixture of Celtic folk metal and melodic death metal. Most of their lyrics are in Gaulish.



  • Vên - 2003 (re-released in 2004)
  • Spirit - 2006
  • Slania - 2008
  • Evocation I - The Arcane Dominion - 2009 (acoustic)
  • Evocation II - Visions (MCD) - 2009 (acoustic)


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