Eluveitie clearly belongs to the fastly growing "Pagan Metal" scene, anyhow brings some "fresh wind" into it: Eluveities sound is authentic, traditional Celtic Folkmusic combined in a unique way with modern styled Melodic Death Metal, strongly influenced by the classic Gothenburg sound.
Originally formed by mastermind Chrigel Glanzmann in Winter 2002 as a mere studio project, the first MCD "Vên" was recorded in spring 2003 - already unique in it's way of having Folkmusic on an equal footing with the Metal sound.
The self-financed MCD was ardently received by scene and press and sold out within a few months. In 2004 Eluveitie signed to the Dutch label Fear Dark Records, which released a re-mastered (and partly re-recorded) version of "Vên", and continued as a "real" band, playing gigs together with bands such as Finntroll, Amon Amarth, Korpiklaani, Ensiferum and many others while touring Europe and playing festivals & openairs.
Although some line-up changes still had to happen, Eluveitie grew into being a band and developed their very own style, formed by the different influeces of eight musicians, rooted in diverse styles of music.
In late 2005 Eluveitie was finally ready to enter the studio again and record their first full-lenght album "Spirit", which was again released through Fear Dark Records. Furthermore a videoclip for the Song "Of Fire, Wind & Wisdom" was produced in Summer 2006, directed by Martin Schäppi, Merlin Sutter & Chrigel Glanzmann / Eluveitie.
With "Spirit" Eluveitie went a big step forward, presenting a completely new style of Folk Metal to the scene - starting a new wave of Folk Metal!
While the album was turning out to be a huge success, the band toured their asses off again. Yet whilst touring and playing many festivals like the Graspop Metal Meeting (Belgium) or Summerbreeze Open Air (Germany), Eluveitie already began to work on new material for the succesive album.
Finally in Summer/Fall 2007 the new Album "Slania" was recorded in different studios in Sweden, Switzerland & Liechtenstein, produced, mixed & mastered by Jens Bogren (Amon Amarth, Opeth & more) at the Fascination Street Studios in Orebrö/SE (www.fascinationstreet.se). Having recorded nothing less than the perfection of their very own style, Eluveitie now was in the lucky Situation to receive many offers from almost every known Label in Metal Music & ended up signing with the well-known German Record Company Nuclear Blast Records, where a new home was found under perfect conditions.... After some talks & the production of a new videoclip (again produced & directed by Merlin Sutter & Martin Schäppi) a release date was set, and the band is getting busy taking over the world in 2008 - With appearances at most of the bigger european summer festivals as well as follow-up tours to the successful run through Europe & the US with "Paganfest 2008" - more infos on that will follow soon....