Helvetios

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Helvetios
Studio album by Eluveitie
Released February 10, 2012 (2012-02-10)
Recorded 2011 at New Sound Studio, Pfäffikon[1]
Genre Folk metal, melodic death metal, Celtic metal, pagan metal
Length 59:12
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Tommy Vetterli,[2] Eluveitie
Eluveitie chronology
Everything Remains (As It Never Was)
(2012)
Helvetios
(2012)
Origins
(2014)
Singles from Helvetios
  1. "Meet the Enemy"
    Released: January 17, 2012

Helvetios is the fifth full-length album by the Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie. The album was released February 10, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at New Sound Studio in Pfäffikon, a municipality in the canton of Zurich in Switzerland, with producer Tommy Vetterli.

Concept[edit]

Being the band's first concept album it focuses on the Gallic Wars from a perspective of the ancient Helvetians.[3][4]

Style[edit]

The album features melodic death metal combined with Celtic folk music instruments like fiddle, hurdy-gurdy, flutes, whistles, bagpipes, mandola, bodhran, and hammered dulcimer. Band member Anna Murphy has been more involved in songwriting and has been given more vocal parts than on previous releases.[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
Der Metal Krieger 9/10 stars[6]
Metal Hammer (Germany) 6/7[4]
Sonic Seducer very favourable[3]
Stormbringer 4.5/5 stars[7]
Lambgoat 8/10 stars[8]
Peek from the Pit 10/10 stars[9]

Helvetios received favourable professional reviews in Germany with the Sonic Seducer magazine calling the album "pure efficiency (pure Effizienz)."[3] The German edition of Metal Hammer lauded the tracks "Meet The Enemy", "Neverland" and "The Siege" for their aggressive Metal style and concluded that Eluveitie's musical virtues were being continued on this album.[4] A review by the Austrian Stormbringer compared the track "The Siege" to Sepultura's style and called the album a "piece of art."[7]

Chart performance[edit]

The album reached the top ten album charts in Switzerland and the Top Heatseekers of the United States.

Charts Peak
position
SWI[10] 4
CAN[11] 73
GER[12] 27
FIN[13] 47
FRA[14] 81
Billboard USA[15] 143
Heatseekers USA[15] 3

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Prologue"   Glanzmann Glanzmann 1:24
2. "Helvetios"   Glanzmann Glanzmann, Henzi, Murphy 4:00
3. "Luxtos"   Glanzmann Glanzmann, Henzi, Tadic 3:56
4. "Home"   Glanzmann, Murphy Glanzmann 5:16
5. "Santonian Shores"   Glanzmann Glanzmann, Henzi, Murphy 3:58
6. "Scorched Earth"   Glanzmann Glanzmann 4:18
7. "Meet the Enemy"   Glanzmann Henzi, Glanzmann 3:46
8. "Neverland"   Glanzmann Henzi, Glanzmann, Murphy, Tadic 3:42
9. "A Rose for Epona"   Glanzmann Glanzmann, Henzi, Murphy 4:26
10. "Havoc"   Glanzmann Glanzmann, Henzi, Murphy 4:05
11. "The Uprising"   Glanzmann Henzi, Glanzmann 3:41
12. "Hope"   Glanzmann Glanzmann 2:27
13. "The Siege"   Glanzmann Henzi, Glanzmann, Murphy 2:44
14. "Alesia"   Glanzmann Glanzmann, Henzi, Murphy 3:58
15. "Tullianum"   Glanzmann Glanzmann 0:24
16. "Uxellodunon"   Glanzmann Henzi, Murphy, Tadic 3:51
17. "Epilogue"   Glanzmann Glanzmann 3:16
Total length:
59:12

Personnel[edit]

Eluveitie[edit]

Guests[edit]

  • Alexander Morton – voice in the narrations of tracks 1, 11 & 17
  • Nina Macchi – recorder in track 12
  • Christoph Pelgen – gwerz vocals in track 6
  • Fredy Schnyder – hammered dulcimer in tracks 4 & 7
  • Sarah Wauquiez – zugerörgeli (helvetic accordion) in track 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nuclear Blast page". Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Blabbermouth release date". December 2, 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Eck, Markus (2012). "Eluveitie: Großer Spannungsbogen". Sonic Seducer (in German) (Thomas Vogel Media e. K.) (3): 42–43. 
  4. ^ a b c Riedl, Katrin (28 February 2012). "Eluveitie – Helvetios". Metal Hammer (in German). Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Allmusic review". 
  6. ^ "A Review of Helvetios". dermetalkriger.com. 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2012-03-21. 
  7. ^ a b Isch, Stefan (2 February 2012). "Eluveitie - Helvetios". Stormbringer. The Austrian Heavyzine (in German). Retrieved 22 March 2012. Ein Gesamtkunstwerk ist Helvetios allemal! [Helvetios is definitely a total work of art!] 
  8. ^ "Album Review: Eluveitie - Helvetios". Lambgoat. 2012-08-03. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  9. ^ "Peek from the Pit review". 
  10. ^ "Swiss Charts". 
  11. ^ "Billboard / Eluveitie". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-03-08. 
  12. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Eluveitie / Longplay". musicline.de (in German). PHONONET GmbH. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  13. ^ "Eluveitie: Helvetious [sic]" (in Finnish). IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  14. ^ "Les classement des albums nouveautés. Semaine du 22/02/2010 au 28/02/2010". Disque en France (in French). SNEP. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  15. ^ a b "Billboard / Eluveitie". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-03-08.