Eluveitie
Origins


4.5
superb

Review

by Magnus Altkula STAFF
September 11th, 2014 | 59 replies


Release Date: 08/01/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Eluveitie keep proving doubters wrong

I’m always willing to admit when I’m wrong, or in this case, overly critical. When Helvetios came out two and a half years ago, I did give it a positive review, but also noted that it was nothing new for the band, casting doubt over whether they can keep their momentum going for much longer. I’m not sure why, but in hindsight, I may have been looking for flaws, instead of just noticing them. At present time, Helvetios is my second favorite album Eluveitie has composed. Sure, it’s a bit long and some songs don’t stand out as much as others do, but that last part is almost always an inevitability. Its core sound is great, and I have no qualms with it. Eluveitie seem to have struck the perfect middle-ground between silly, beer-driven, fairytale folk metal ala Korpiklaani, Equilibrium, or Svartsot, and darker, thoughtful, genuinely nature-inspired bands like October Falls, Agalloch, or Falls of Rauros. Being serious with their music without sacrificing any catchyness is what’s made Eluveitie a household name on the current European metal map, and Origins definitely keeps the band’s momentum up, being the group’s finest release to date, the one Helvetios comes after.

Let’s be clear here: Origins sounds just like like Helvetios did. The formula the band are operating with has stayed exactly the same. This is where me being overly critical comes into play though, because that formula just doesn’t seem to wear thin. Eluveitie never change their approach, but here’s the thing: they don’t need to! A band shouldn’t receive flack for improving their own sound with each passing release, on the contrary, they should be praised for finding faults that require microsurgery and for keeping the listeners engaged while staying inside the frames they so obviously have defined for themselves, which in itself is much harder to do than a full 180 degree turn. That’s why Origins is everything Helvetios is, only superior: it sounds better courtesy of a neater production job, it’s more vigorous with an array of spry songs, there’s no filler at all this time since the songwriting has been raised a notch, and it flows better as an entity as well. Really, the only thing Helvetios has on Origins is its outro: the epilogue of the former is such a strong, proud piece of music that you can easily imagine fading away to, while that of the latter is a more traditional, unsurprising closer. On every other level, Origins has the band’s other albums beat – currently, this is Eluvieitie at their peak.

As a homage, Origins is a sincere and honest piece of music that does its inspiration source justice; as a rendition, it’s a kickass take on folk metal. If the ancient Celts had had access to today’s musical instruments, they might well have produced music akin to that of Eluveitie’s. We can never be sure in that, but like the members of Eluveitie know, that shouldn’t stop us from guessing and fantasizeing. As they are six albums into their career and showing no apparent signs of slowing down, I myself will make a positive 180 compared to the 2012 version of me and say that Eluveitie are on a path of all-round success that they should follow as long as it yields results. At our heart, we should all be music fans first and critics second, and the wider point here is that there’s no point doubting bands that haven’t given us much reason to. The successor to Origins will probably sound a lot like it again, but as long as the group finds new ways to improve, more power to them. I know I’m already looking forward to the next chapter in Eluveitie’s story, because the latest one has closed on a real high.




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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2014


8394 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Long time, no review, sup sputs.

ExplosiveOranges
September 11th 2014


3912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Eluveitie? Can't say I'm surprised. Also, HOLY FUCKING SHIT MAGNUS REVIEW THIS IS AWESOME

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DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2014


8948 Comments


awful band

JohnnyOnTheSpot
September 11th 2014


1970 Comments


review is pretty good yeah

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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2014


8394 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Eluveitie? Can't say I'm surprised. Also, HOLY FUCKING SHIT MAGNUS REVIEW THIS IS AWESOME
Well since you couldn't guess it you must be at least a little surprised ;)

And noctus, c'mon, let's share some good vibes instead! On that note, thanks Johnny.

ExplosiveOranges
September 11th 2014


3912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Eh, well, you know. This does look good, though.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2014


16496 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

well shit

i have to listen to this now

CaptainDooRight
September 11th 2014


30366 Comments


gd jb

Will def check

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Gyromania
September 11th 2014


16094 Comments


so fucking epic

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2014


16496 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

regardless of how good this is, i still think 16 tracks is way too many

Gyromania
September 11th 2014


16094 Comments


this is pretty good, kyle. not sure if you'd dig it

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2014


16496 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i like their past material so i'm hopeful, listening now

Gyromania
September 11th 2014


16094 Comments


oh yah, just saw that you gave their debut a 4.5. it's still my fave, but this is enjoyable (thinking prob a high 3.5)

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2014


6345 Comments


Great review Magnus, I have heard anything from this band though, gonna spin the SC link in a minute.

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2014


16496 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

welp it sounds like eluveitie

rasputin
September 11th 2014


14555 Comments


good review, hate this band

Funeralopolis
September 12th 2014


11895 Comments


awful band [2]

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Totengott
September 12th 2014


1634 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, I still need to check this out.

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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
September 12th 2014


8394 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

welp it sounds like eluveitie
That it does my friend, that it does.

Thanks a lot everyone, and even if we can't bond here, I'm with all of you digging the new Darkspace album!

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2014


20165 Comments


nice review. Only album of theirs I'm familiar with is Slania but I dig that one so i'll give this a spin

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