This article is about the album. For the star, see 51 Pegasi.
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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.
Helvetios received favourable professional reviews in Germany with the Sonic Seducer magazine calling the album "pure efficiency (pure Effizienz)." 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. A review by the Austrian Stormbringer compared the track "The Siege" to Sepultura's style and called the album a "piece of art."
^ abIsch, 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!]