eluveitieEluveitie is a folk metal band from Switzerland. Their sound can be described as Celtic folk metal with melodic death metal influences. 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. After Chrigel decided to make Eluveitie a real band instead of a studio project, he assembled 9 other musicians, making it a full 10-piece band. Their first EP, Vên came out in 2003. The band then released a full-length album, Spirit. In November 2007, Eluveitie was signed by Nuclear Blast. The first product of the collaboration, Slania, was released in February 2008. The album peaked at number 35 in the Swiss charts and number 98 in the German charts.

They use traditional instruments amidst guitars and wide-ranging, emotional screams. The lyrics are often in the extinct language Gaulish. Eluveitie is Etruscan for “the Helvetian”, referring to an inscription dating to the earliest record of the Celtic Helvetii tribe from what is now Switzerland.

Other Information

  • Origin: Switzerland
  • Genres: Folk metal, Celtic metal, Melodic death metal
  • Years active: 2002-present
  • Labels: Fear Dark, Nuclear Blast Records
  • Website: http://www.eluveitie.ch
  • Members:
  1. Chrigel Glanzmann – vocals, mandola, whistles, pipes, gaita, acoustic guitar, bodhran
  2. Meri Tadic – violin, vocals
  3. Merlin Sutter – drums
  4. Siméon Koch – lead guitar
  5. Ivo Henzi – rhythm guitar
  6. Anna Murphy – hurdy gurdy, vocals
  7. Kay Brem – bass
  8. Pade Kistler – bagpipe, whistles



  • Vên (2003) – Demo
  • Vên (2004) – EP
  • Spirit (2006)
  • Slania (2008)
  • Live at Metalcamp (2008) – Live
  • Evocation I – The Arcane Dominion (2009)
  • Evocation II – Visions (2009)


~ by molco on September 29, 2009.

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