Cellar Darling

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Cellar Darling
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Cellar Darling performing at Rockharz Open Air 2018
Background information
OriginWinterthur and Lucerne, Switzerland
GenresFolk Metal, progressive metal
Years active2016–present
LabelsNuclear Blast[1]
Associated actsEluveitie
MembersMerlin Sutter
Ivo Henzi
Anna Murphy
Drummer Merlin Sutter performing at Rockharz Open Air 2018

Cellar Darling is a three-piece folk metal band from Winterthur and Lucerne, Switzerland founded in 2016.[2] The group was formed by Anna Murphy (vocals, hurdy-gurdy, flute), Merlin Sutter (drums) and Ivo Henzi (guitars and bass). Cellar Darling incorporates heavy metal, folk, classical, and progressive influences. Notably, the band uses a hurdy-gurdy, an old folk instrument and a traverse flute. The trio has previously been part of the Swiss metal band Eluveitie.


On 6 June 2016, former Eluveitie band members Anna Murphy, Ivo Henzi and Merlin Sutter founded the band following their split from their previous band. On 23 September 2016 they launched a single called "Challenge" along with the b-side track "Fire, Wind & Earth".[3][4] The single was self released and the video was created and directed by the band themselves. Cellar Darling played their first ever shows soon after, in December 2016 supporting Amorphis in Zurich, Switzerland[5] and The Gentle Storm in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.[6]

In January 2017 the trio announced their signing to a German metal label Nuclear Blast Records, and that their first album would be released through the label in the summer.[1][7]

On 4 May, it was announced that Cellar Darling's first album This Is the Sound was to be released on 30 June 2017. They also posted the tracklist of the album.[8]

Cellar Darling released their second single called "Black Moon" on 19 May 2017, along with a music video.[9] This was followed on 17 June 2017 with a third single, "Avalanche".[10] Both videos were shot in Tenerife. [11]

The debut album was released on 30 June 2017 to widespread critical acclaim.[12][13][14]

On 2 November 2018 they released the first single from the album "Insomnia"[15] Cellar Darling's second album The Spell was released on 22 March 2019.[16]


Guest musicians[edit]

  • Shir-Ran Yinon – violin (2016–2017, 2018)
  • Brendan Wade – uillean pipes (2016–2017)
  • Fredy Schnyder – piano (2016–2017)

Live musicians[edit]

  • Rafi Kirder – bass (2016)
  • Nicolas Winter – bass (2017)




Music videos[edit]


  1. ^ a b "CELLAR DARLING – sign to Nuclear Blast!". 19 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Former Eluveitie Members Launch Cellar Darling". Blabbermouth.net. 27 September 2017. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  4. ^ "News". Cellar Darling.
  5. ^ "Cellar Darling". www.facebook.com.
  6. ^ "The Gentle Storm".
  7. ^ "CELLAR DARLING Feat. Former ELUVEITIE Members: Debut Album To Be Released Via NUCLEAR BLAST". Blabbermouth.net. 19 January 2017. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  8. ^ "CELLAR DARLING Feat. Former ELUVEITIE Members: 'This Is The Sound' Album Due In June". Blabbermouth.net. 27 April 2017. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  9. ^ "[NEWS] CELLAR DARLING Release New Video". d'Italia Pty Ltd. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  10. ^ "[NEWS] CELLAR DARLING Release Avalanche Video". d'Italia Pty Ltd. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  11. ^ a b "CELLAR DARLING Feat. Former ELUVEITIE Members: 'Black Moon' Video". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  12. ^ "[ALBUM REVIEW] CELLAR DARLING 'This Is The Sound'". Heavymag.com.au. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Album Review: Cellar Darling – This Is The Sound". Antihero Magazine. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Cellar Darling – This Is The Sound". Metal.de. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  15. ^ a b c Nuclear Blast Records (1 November 2018), CELLAR DARLING – Insomnia (OFFICIAL VIDEO), retrieved 3 November 2018
  16. ^ https://www.sonicperspectives.com/album-reviews/cellar-darling-the-spell/
  17. ^ a b Nuclear Blast Records (16 June 2017). "CELLAR DARLING – Avalanche (OFFICIAL VIDEO)" – via YouTube.
  18. ^ a b "CELLAR DARLING Feat. Former ELUVEITIE Members: 'Six Days' Animated Video". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. 7 November 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  19. ^ Nuclear Blast Records (19 May 2017). "CELLAR DARLING – Black Moon (OFFICIAL VIDEO)" – via YouTube.
  20. ^ Cellar Darling (22 September 2016). "Cellar Darling – 'Challenge' [Official Lyric Video]" – via YouTube.
  21. ^ Cellar Darling (14 February 2019). "CELLAR DARLING – announce premiere of new music video for 'Death' and live Q&A session for their fans!" – via Nuclear Blast Records.
  22. ^ Nuclear Blast Records (8 March 2019). "CELLAR DARLING – Drown (OFFICIAL VIDEO)" – via YouTube.

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