01. Journey of Discovery
03. Æther Realm
05. One Chosen by the Gods
07. Winter’s Grasp
08. Odin Will Provide
Æther Realm are the best melodic death metal band deceptively not from Finland you’ll have the pleasure of hearing this year. Their sound can only be described as Wintersun sitting down one day for a horn of mead to discuss being beyond great, when Eluveitie show up and decide that it’s time for collaboration. Their debut effort One Chosen by the Gods certainly incorporates orchestral touches for that added huge sound, but never lets the heaviness of the music fall by the wayside or simply get lost.
Over the break, photographer Maclyn Bean (who has been previously published by the likes of Metal Injection, Sick Drummer, Premier Guitar, and Brooklyn Vegan!) has joined our ranks and will be hitting up shows for us from time to time. You previously saw his work published on Heavy Blog when he shot Powerglove’s set for us, but now he reports back with photos from folk metal legends Eluveitie’s headlining tour featuring Wintersun on their first ever US tour. You can view the photos of both sets after the jump!
We just can’t take it. Not only is Wintersun’sTime I actually finally coming out, the band have just announced their first ever US tour, making the trek alongside folk metal giants Eluveitie and VARG. My god!
Here are the dates for the epic wintry trek:
11/28/12 910 Live – Tempe, AZ
11/29/12 The Roxy Theater – Hollywood, CA
11/30/12 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
12/01/12 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
12/02/12 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
12/03/12 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
12/05/12 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
12/06/12 Republik – Calgary, AB – CANADA
12/07/12 Louis’ Pub – Saskatoon, SK – CANADA
12/08/12 West End Cultural Centre – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
12/09/12 Station 4 – Saint Paul, MN
12/11/12 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
12/12/12 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
12/13/12 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
12/14/12 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON – CANADA
12/15/12 Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA
12/16/12 Imperial – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
12/18/12 Water Street Music Hall (at The Club) – Rochester, NY
12/19/12 Mr. Small’s Theatre – Millvale, PA
12/20/12 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
12/21/12 Royale Boston – Boston, MA
Nowhere near Heavy Blog HQ, unfortunately! But it’s good that Wintersun are coming back to relevancy swinging! Hopefully they’ll make the trip out again when they drop Time II next year. It’s also good that they’re playing on 12/21/12 The good people of Boston can ride out the end of the world while jamming to some folk metal.
Eluveitie’s The Early Years retrospective is out September 25th, and Wintersun’s Time I is out October 22nd on Nuclear Blast Records.
05. Santonian Shores
06. Scorched Earth
07. Meet The Enemy
09. A Rose For Epona
11. The Uprising
13. The Siege
I’ve never been too familiar or fond of Eluveitie, the Swiss folk-metallers, or folk metal in general—I much prefer the drastically different sounds of folk rock— but 2012 seems to be passing by at a snails pace, and I was desperate for a new release that could spark some sort of fire in me, so I gave Helvetios—their fifth studio album; a sprawling concept album that stretches just shy of the one hour mark—a spin. I wasn’t expecting much, but I figured it would be better than nothing. With that in mind, let me say just how wonderful it is when a band completely shatters your expectations, and has you re-evaluate your thoughts behind them. With this album Eluveitie have done something right, and set a phenomenal precedent for the rest of the year.
I can’t say I’m much of a fan of folk metal, but I did dig Eluveitie‘s last album Everything Remains (As It Never Was). I’m a sucker for lively melodeath riffs and the whole folky modern metal sound that the band had struck me as being pretty neat. It was certainly a catchy record, and at that point their most accessible.
So as it turns out, just like every other band that has a female involved, it would appear that they’ve gone even more mainstream friendly if ‘A Rose For Epona’ is a sign of things to come from Eluveitie. ‘A Rose For Epona‘ dials back the harsh vocals quite a bit and is centered around frontlady Anna Murphy. It’s also quite hilarious that Chrigel Glanzmann (vocals, various folk instruments) looks bored to death in the video above as he idly plucks his mandolin. Can we start giving the band a cute nickname like Folkanescence or Folkuna Coil now?
Jokes aside, obviously it’s just a single! Eluveitie’s forthcoming album Helvetios is due out February 28th (woah, what a day!) on Nuclear Blast.