Eluveitie, Wintersun, Varg
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The bands saga of success began when mainman and mastermind Chrigel Glanzmann decided to form ELUVEITIE with the goal to fuse gothenburg styled melodic death metal with ancient folk melodies and themes to create a powerful mixture that would soon become the “New Wave Of Folk Metal“. That was back in 2002 and Chrigel only meant to form a studio project.
Of course all that is history by now and the so called “studio project“ grew into a respected, well-known and active band. Eluveitie’s label debut “Slania”, marked their first chart entry (Switzerland: #35, Germany: #72) and was followed by massive touring activities all around the globe throughout 2008.
In 2009 the band fulfilled their dream of producing an all acoustic folk album without shredding guitars or growling vocals – for the first time in the bands history Hurdy Gurdy player Anna Murphy took over vocal duties. A masterpiece of folk music that fascinated fans and press alike. “Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion“ also hit the charts hard – Switzerland: #20, Greece: #23, Germany: #60. 2010 and 2011 saw the band touring even more, but also dropping their most heavy and harsh album to date in February 2010: “Everything Remains... As It Never Was” - a contradictory title that, also in contradiction to its increased heaviness, hit the charts as high as never before: Switzerland: #8, Germany: #19, Austria: #22, Greece: #23, USA: #23 (Billboard Heatseekers), Finland: #30.