Released: April 5th, 2019, Nuclear Blast Records
Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Reviewer: John Haseltine
Since 2002, Eluveitie, formed by Chrigel Glanzmann have been taking on the world with their brand of Swiss-folk metal as no other. They have proved not only to themselves, but to the metal community why they are regarded as one of folk-metal’s most revered and innovative bands with a massive global following unlike any other band in the genre.
ATEGNATOS is the latest release and one that does not bury them deep into the folk scene, but more into the melodic death metal genre. That with the addition of clean female vocalist Fabienne Erni, there is an added dynamic to their sound and music that sets them apart from the pack.
The latest album is a well rounded melodic death metal opus that infuses the bands Celtic folk-music heritage. It does not overwhelm the listener which may just broaden Eluveitie’s fan base beyond just the folk-metal scene. Not that that would be a bad thing, but after just the first listen of this album, you can tell that Eluveitie has their eyes set on the bigger prize.
Eluveitie has always had a sound that was far from the norm within the genre and this latest gem is proof of that hands down. The tracks are not only very catchy but very crunchy and aggressive as a thrash fueled melodic death metal album should be. This is just an amazing album!