Folk metal - Switzerland

Eluveitie Band

While Eluveitie always belonged to the fast growing European folk metal scene, they always brought some fresh wind into it: Eluveitie’s sound is authentic, traditional Celtic folk music combined in a unique way with modern styled melodic death metal. With their various albums they managed to deepen every aspect of that unique style, which can only be described as “The New Wave Of Folk Metal”.

Originally formed by mastermind Chrigel Glanzmann in Winter 2002/2003 as a mere studio project, the first MCD “Vên” was recorded in spring 2003 – already unique in its way of having folk music 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 Dutch label Fear Dark Records, who released a re-mastered (and partly re-recorded) version of “Vên” in Europe, 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 many festivals.

Although some line-up changes still had to happen, Eluveitie grew into being a band and developed their very own style. In late 2005 Eluveitie were finally ready to enter the studio again and record their first full-length album “Spirit”, which was again released through Fear Dark Records in Europe. 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! Finally, folk metal freaks from USA and Canada were able to get hold of “Vên” and “Spirit” in 2008, when Season of Mist released them in North America.


  • Christian 'Chrigel' Glanzmann : Vocals, Acoustic guitar, Mandolin, Uilleann Pipes, Bodhràn, Tin and low whistles, Gaita
  • Merlin Sutter : Drums
  • Rafi Kirder : Bass
  • Sevan Kirder : Irish flute, Tin whistles, Bagpipes
  • Sarah Kiener : Hurdy Gurdy, Bass-shalm, Crummhorn, Zugerörgeli, Vocals
  • Meri Tadic : Fiddle, Vocals
  • Linda Suter : Fiddle, Vocals
  • Simeon Koch : Guitar, Vocals
  • Ivo Henzi : Guitar

This band is no longer active on Season of Mist.

Available territory: North America.