Metal Mondays: Hurdy-gurdy of STEEEEEL

Do you have any idea how long I’ve been waiting for a folk-metal band that wasn’t a joke?

Recently signed to Nuclear Blast is the Swiss band Eluveitie (etymologically related to “Helvetica“). Their first release on NB, Slania, came out two days ago, I just discovered it this morning, and it’s currently my favorite thing ever.

Essentially, these guys are playing Dark Tranquillity songs with bagpipes and hurdy-gurdy taking the place of DT’s synthesizers. The folk/Celtic element isn’t the central focus of the band, nor is it tacked on clumsily. It’s just part of what they do. And what they do is rock your face off.

This one’s my favorite tune at the moment:

EDIT: it’s been taken down from YouTube. Here’s the Amazon page for the song, with a streaming sample.

And here’s the single, with an actual music video. It is almost certainly the most earnest attempt to make a hurdy-gurdy look intimidating that you have ever seen. Unfortunately, the song itself is lame:

Keep an eye out for the vicious Sevan Kirder and his goat-skull-adorned pipes:



3 Responses to “Metal Mondays: Hurdy-gurdy of STEEEEEL”

  1. 1 Madeline February 18, 2008 at 8:27 am

    OH MY GOD.

    This is everything I dreamed it would be. Right down to the Hurdy Gurdy. My prayers have been answered! And so well!

    (I cannot express how happy I am about this band.)

  2. 2 RobertK February 21, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    I don’t know, I would say Steeleye Span came pretty close to being folk-metal (especially on “Came Ye O’er From France” and “King Henry”), albeit in a more Sabbath/Zepp kind of way. But I just downloaded that “Primordial Breath” track from Emusic and I have to agree with you about its rockingness.

  3. 3 David Wynne February 25, 2008 at 3:06 am


    Are you aware of Skyclad?
    ( )
    Not a million miles away. And they did a storming cover of Thin Lizzy’s Emerald back in the day.

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