Eluveitie + KORPIKLAANI
Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
October 3rd, 2019
A night of pagan folk metal came happily to Denver last week, with Finland’s KORPIKLAANI and Switzerland’s Eluveitie ending a long metal drought in Colorado. Despite some competing metal (or metal-adjacent) shows, a solid crowd showed up.
Finland’s premier drinking-themed folk metal outfit KORPIKLAANI knows how to throw a party. They had huge pits going throughout most of the show as they humpaa’d their way through 15 years of beloved material.
I’m not really sure what to label Switzerland’s Eluveitie – they layer a lot of folk instruments on top of vaguely Gothenburg style melo-death metal. They certainly make for a visual spectacle, with 8 members on stage playing all kinds of non-electric instruments.