Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion

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Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion
Eluveitie Album Cover Evocation.jpg
Studio album by Eluveitie
Released April 17, 2009
Recorded December 2008
Genre Acoustic folk, folk rock, celtic folk
Length 50:24
Language Gaulish
Label Nuclear Blast
Eluveitie chronology
Slania
(2008)
Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion
(2009)
Everything Remains (As It Never Was)
(2010)
Singles from Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion
  1. "Omnos"
    Released: April 28, 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Metal Hammer 6/7 stars[2]
metal.de 8/10 stars[3]

Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion is the third full-length album by the Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie. It was released on April 17, 2009 through Nuclear Blast. Contrary to their previous works, this album is almost entirely acoustic. The vocals are primarily handled by hurdy-gurdy player Anna Murphy. The album cover represents Cernunnos, a Celtic deity of nature. The lyrics are partly based on Gaulish inscriptions, e.g. "A Girl's Oath" uses the text of the Larzac tablet, and "Dessumiis Luge" that of the Chamalières tablet.

Background[edit]

Vocalist Chrigel Glanzmann has said about the album:

"As Evocation I - The Arcane Dominion is a concept album setting pure gaulish mythology into music, we also wanted the artwork to be in the same line. Kernunnos is one of the most important and central characters in celtic mythology, so we conceived a topical portrayal of that figure, representing the ancient mythological content of Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion, as well as its musical character."[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sacrapos - At First Glance" (feat. A.A. Nemtheanga on voice) A. Murphy 2:01
2. "Brictom" J. Shorland, C. Glanzmann 4:22
3. "A Girl's Oath" A. Murphy 1:18
4. "The Arcane Dominion" (feat. Oli S. Tyr on long-necked lute) Traditional 5:43
5. "Within the Grove" (feat. Fredy Schnyder on hammered dulcimer, Mina the Fiddler on 5-stringed viola) Traditional 1:52
6. "The Cauldron of Renascence" C. Glanzmann 2:05
7. "Nata" (feat. A.A. Nemtheanga on additional vocals) C. Glanzmann, Traditional 4:02
8. "Omnos" C. Glanzmann 3:48
9. "Carnutian Forest" C. Glanzmann, Traditional 3:17
10. "Dessumiis Luge" M. Tadiç, A. Murphy 3:28
11. "Gobanno" (feat. Sarah Wauquiez on zugerörgeli, Fredy Schnyder on hammered dulcimer, Mina the Fiddler on 5-stringed viola) Traditional 3:15
12. "Voveso in Mori" A. Murphy, C. Glanzmann 4:09
13. "Memento" E. López, P. Kistler 3:20
14. "Ne Regv Na" C. Glanzmann, A. Murphy 5:07
15. "Sacrapos - The Disparaging Last Gaze" A. Murphy 2:43
Total length: 50:24

Credits[edit]

  • Chrigel Glanzmann – tin and low whistles, mandola, mandolin, uilleann pipes, bodhrán, vocals
  • Anna Murphy – hurdy-gurdy, flute, lead vocals
  • Ivo Henzi – acoustic guitars
  • Päde Kistler – tin and low whistles, Scottish highland pipe, redpipe
  • Meri Tadic – fiddle, vocals
  • Kay Brem – acoustic and fretless bass
  • Sime Koch – acoustic guitars
  • Merlin Sutter – drums, percussion
Guest musicians[4]
  • Freddy Schnyder - hammered dulcimer on "Within the Grove" and "Gobanno"
  • Mina The Fiddler - 5-stringed viola on "Within the Grove" and "Gobanno"
  • Oliver S. Tyr - longnecked lute on "The Arcane Dominion"
  • Alan Nemtheanga - additional voice and vocals "Sacrapos- At First Glance" and "Nata"
  • Sarah Wauquiez - zugerörgeli on "Gobanno"
Production
  • Arranged by Eluveitie
  • Engineered by Chrigel Glanzmann and Merlin Sutter
  • Mixed in January 2009 at Finnvox Studios, Helsinki, Finland by Arto Tuunela of Major Label
  • Mastered in January 2009 at Finnvox Studios, Helsinki, Finland by Mika Jussila
  • Produced by Arto Tuunela and Eluveitie

The drums, guitars, bass, bagpipes, fiddle, hurdy-gurdy, flute, percussion, and vocals were recorded in December 2008 at Devils Studio, Vaduz/Liechtenstein. These recordings were engineered by Merlin Sutter. The tin whistles, low whistles, mandola, mandolin, bodhran, hammered dulcimer, 5-stringed viola, zugerörgeli, and sound effects were recorded in December 2008 in Illnau Switzerland. These recordings were engineered by Chrigel Glanzmann.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Freeman, Phil. "Review: Evocation I – The Arcane Dominion". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Bösch, Simone. "Eluveitie EVOCATION I – THE ARCANE DOMINION Review". Metal Hammer (in German). 
  3. ^ "ELUVEITIE - Evocation I - The Arcane Dominion". metal.de (in German). 3 April 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Eluveitie MySpace Blog". Retrieved 2009-01-28.