Eluveitie Premiere “Lvgvs” Music Video

Eluveitie have premiered a new video for their new song “Lvgvs.” This track is from their new album “Evocation II – Pantheon,” which will be released on August 18. The effort, which is a sequel to their 2009 acoustic release “Evocation 1 — The Arcane Dominion”, will be the first to feature the band’s new revamped lineup: Jonas Wolf (guitar), Matteo Sisti (whistles, bagpipes, mandola), Nicole Ansperger (fiddle), Alain Ackermann (drums), Chrigel Glanzmann (vocals, whistles, mandola, bagpipes, bodhran), Fabienne Erni (vocals, celtic harp, mandola), Kay Brem (bass), Michalina Malisz (hurdy gurdy), and Rafael Salzmann (guitar).

Glanzmann said the following:

“We’re excited to present to you the second single and video clip of our upcoming acoustic album: ‘Lvgvs’! Lugus is one of the most enigmatic, fascinating and mystical deities in the Celtic pantheon and occupies an important place in ‘Evocation II’! And so is our brand new single: ‘Lvgvs’. It comes with playful lightness, but is still very deep at the same time, full of mysticism, eclectic details, deepness and emotion. And furthermore we’re also happy to have our good, old buddy Netta Skog from ENSIFERUM and her accordion on board in this song!”

Eluveitie Premiere “Epona” Music

Eluveitie have premiered a new video for their new song “Epona.” This track is from their new album “Evocation II – Pantheon,” which will be released on August 18. The effort, which is a sequel to their 2009 acoustic release “Evocation 1 — The Arcane Dominion”, will be the first to feature the band’s new revamped lineup: Jonas Wolf (guitar), Matteo Sisti (whistles, bagpipes, mandola), Nicole Ansperger (fiddle), Alain Ackermann (drums), Chrigel Glanzmann (vocals, whistles, mandola, bagpipes, bodhran), Fabienne Erni (vocals, celtic harp, mandola), Kay Brem (bass), Michalina Malisz (hurdy gurdy), and Rafael Salzmann (guitar).

Glanzmann said the following about the video, which was filmed in Avenches, Switzerland:

“We’re super happy and proud to present you ‘Epona’ — the first single of our upcoming album, ‘Evocation II – Pantheon’! The song is an ode to the riding goddess queen of the Celtic pantheon! And this not only lyrically. Also musically, for even though ‘Epona’ is an acoustic track, the song surges ahead with verve, power and speed and dashes like a galloping horse! It is a good song to give you a first glimpse of the raw, wild, honest, very folky and thoroughly Celtic character of ‘Evocation II – Pantheon’!”

Eluveitie To Release New Album “Evocation II – Pantheon” In August

Eluveitie have announced that their new album “Evocation II – Pantheon” will be released on August 18. The effort, which is a sequel to their 2009 acoustic release “Evocation 1 — The Arcane Dominion”, will be the first to feature the band’s new revamped lineup: Jonas Wolf (guitar), Matteo Sisti (whistles, bagpipes, mandola), Nicole Ansperger (fiddle), Alain Ackermann (drums), Chrigel Glanzmann (vocals, whistles, mandola, bagpipes, bodhran), Fabienne Erni (vocals, celtic harp, mandola), Kay Brem (bass), Michalina Malisz (hurdy gurdy), and Rafael Salzmann (guitar).

Glanzmann said the folliwing

“‘Evocation II’ is a journey back to the source of it all: Antumnos, the otherworld. Join us on this wayfare through the Celtic pantheon, the world of the gods of our ancestors! The album cover expresses nothing less but exactly this! It’s full of symbolism and meaning and depicts things of deepest meaning and importance in Celtic mythology. The symbol contains the ‘great wheel’, symbolizing the wheel of the year with the four seasons and the equinoxes — forming the foundations of Celtic mythology. The great wheel is framed by a tripartite Enneagram; while three is an important number in Celtic mythology in general, we also face trinity in the Celtic pantheon! While the inner circle contains the initials of the names of the deities revered on this album — arranged tripartitedly according to their relations within the pantheon and place in the mythology — the outer circle utters an invitation as well as a blessing, a magical benediction for the one to dare to enter and set forth on this journey. The core of the symbol implies triune symbolism. The depiction shows the god Lugus, who was sometimes also addressed in the plural — Lugoves — since he’s a triune god, as well as a tricephalos. The ‘one with the skillful hand’ and ‘artisan of all skills’ is depicted and a combination of two important symbols: On the one hand he’s shown as ‘high king’ (and druid of druids), a typical gallic symbolism of an essential meaning and sigificance. On the other hand, he’s framed by the gallic ‘lord of the animals/lord of life’ symbolism: The character surrounded with diverse animals, but being strongly connected with all of them at the same time. So after all, the album cover vibrantly and mystically expresses the content of ‘Evocation II’! Join and let the journey begin!”

Eluveitie, Amaranthe, & The Charm The Fury Announce 2017 European/UK Tour

Eluveitie, Amaranthe, and The Charm The Fury have announced a 2017 European/UK tour together. Check out the dates below.

Tour Dates:

10/25 Parma, Italy – Campus Industry
10/26 Budapest, Hungary – Barba Negra
10/27 Warsaw, Poland – Progresja
10/28 Zlin, Czech Republic – Masters of Rock Cafe
10/29 Vienna, Austria – Simm City
10/30 Stuttgart, Germany – LKA Longhorn
10/31 Ljubljana, Slovenia – Kino Siska
11/02 – Paris, France – Cabaret Sauvage
11/03 – London, UK – Assembly Rooms
11/04 – Eindhoven, Netherlands – Effenaar
11/05 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
11/06 – Frankfurt, Germany – Batschkapp
11/08 – Berlin, Germany – Kesselhaus
11/09 – München, Germany – Backstage
11/10 – Leipzig, Germany – Hellraiser
11/12 – Bochum, Germany – Zeche

Eluveitie Announce New Lineup

Back in May 2016, Eluveitie parted ways with Merlin Sutter, Anna Murphy, and Ivo Henzi. Now the band have announced their replacements, along with more new members they added. The group now features all of the following: Jonas Wolf (guitar), Matteo Sisti (whistles, bagpipes, mandola), Nicole Ansperger (fiddle), Alain Ackermann (drums), Chrigel Glanzmann (vocals, whistles, mandola, bagpipes, bodhran), Fabienne Erni (vocals, celtic harp, mandola), Kay Brem (bass), Michalina Malisz (hurdy gurdy), and Rafael Salzmann (guitar).

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The band said the following:

“Above all we’re super happy and thankful that we’re complete again (even more than complete, actually) and given the chance to have such gifted musicians on board!

“What could be a better start into a new year? 2017 is our year!

“We cannot wait to enter the studios soon and finish ‘Evocation II’. And right afterwards we’ll be back with full force to rock the summer festival stages.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Eluveitie Part Ways With Three Members

Eluveitie have parted ways with Merlin Sutter, Anna Murphy, and Ivo Henzi. The band was apparently planning to fire Sutter, and this led Murphy and Henzi to exit the group as well.

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Here is the band’s full statement:

“With a heavy heart we have to announce that Eluveitie will go through another change soon.

We have decided to part ways with our longtime drummer Merlin Sutter. In the consequence of this, Merlin‘s close personal friends Anna Murphy and Ivo Henzi decided to leave Eluveitie as well.

We all developed a lot over the last ten years – not only as a band, but also as individuals. And we partly developed in different directions; different goals, wishes and ideas emerged. Over the last years we all had to deal with interpersonal challenges within the band. Instead of pulling together, our days have rather been shaped by wearing friction and constant clash of interests. And thus we felt that we have become something we shouldn’t have; that we’ve diverged from what Eluveitie was always meant to be – a band, a family, a passionate and deep-rooted group of musicians, where heart’s blood can flow freely! Eluveitie was always meant to be about „rock’n’roll“, passion and also about ‘carrying the torch’ of the Celtic spirit.

Yet over the years we have partly diverged from our roots, which is not good.

Each and every single one of us is definitely a passionate musician! But in this group constellation, we seemed to rather cumber, than to inspire each other. The band has suffered from this for a longer time now.

So we ended up in this painful situation where the mentioned facts have made it impossible to us to continue like this and we came to the point eventually, where we believe, it’s best to go seperate ways.

It was a terribly hard decision to make and it hasn’t been done carelessly, but with tears and a heavy heart.

We know that this is tough to handle – for everybody. And we know it sucks badly that things developed this way.

Above the fact that this is hard to handle for us personally and emotionally, we are painfully aware of how much it also must disappoint you, our fans… which makes it even harder.

We do not part from each others in hatred though.

From our hearts we wish Merlin, Anna & Ivo only the very best for their future ways and also all the best of luck and success for all their further musical projects. For we’re sure their musical journey will go on and it will be great. And maybe our ways will even cross again in future, in a different way.

For us in Eluveitie this now also means a lot to deal with.

We do not want to look at it as yet another line-up change!

For us it means to seclude ourselves for a while, to take the inward turn and to recollect. We will go back to our roots and become again what we once have been.

We will still play the next couple of shows together with Merlin, Anna and Ivo. Their last performance with Eluveitie will be the FortaRock – The Festival in Nijmegen (NL) on the 5th of June. So you should grab your chance and come to one of these shows!

After that we will not leave you, our fans, hanging. We promise you to play every single show we have confirmed so far! We will perform with temporary stand-in musicians until our new line-up is ready and we promise to do everything to find the best possible session musicians we can! There won’t be „replacements“ – Merlin, Anna and Ivo are unique and not „replaceable“. Yet we will come on stage with a very strong live line-up – this is a promise.

If you want to share your feelings about this all – please feel free to contact us at anytime; we will do all we can to share this time with you and answer your questions!

Here you go with a common statement from Merlin, Anna and Ivo:

“For more than 10 years, 6 studio albums, and nearly a thousand shows in 46 countries on 6 continents, Eluveitie has been at the very centre of our lives. We’ve had the immense privilege to bring joy to fans from around the world, exploring a diverse range of places and cultures few ever get to experience in their lifetime.

We have now been faced with an impossible situation, and left with no choice but to announce our departure. Personal differences and decisions taken by the remaining members have made it impossible for any of us to continue. None of us wanted to leave Eluveitie, and it is important to us that you, the fans, know that disappointing you is the most difficult part in this decision. We can only hope for your understanding. Without your support we would have achieved nothing, and we are eternally grateful for it.

Chrigel Glanzmann will continue on his path just as we will on ours. Therefore, the music you love will evolve and branch out, and we encourage you to look forward to it. In the meantime, we will give it everything on stage one more time, hopefully with you, while completing the current world tour as well as our last European shows in May and early June. Our last show in Switzerland takes place in Basel on June 3rd, and our final show with Eluveitie will follow the same weekend at Fortarock Festival in Holland.

We would like to clarify that Shir-Ran Yinon, Eluveitie’s amazingly talented current (non-voting) session violin player and our good friend, has not been involved directly in these unfortunate events. She will continue to perform (and kick ass!) with Eluveitie for the Summer festivals and will then continue on to new adventures as well.

As for the three of us: our musical journey together is far from over, and we are incredibly excited to share new music with you in the future. If you would like to continue supporting us, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the like – we will share news about our future projects as soon as they are ready. In fact, following our official channels is the most certain way to be among the first to hear new music.

Please also take the time to visit Anna Murphy, Merlin Sutter and Ivo Henzi now, where we have shared personal statements and where we will be doing our best to answer your questions, or just reflect with you on all the good times in the past decade. We do ask you to respect that the particulars of what happened should remain private, and thank you for your understanding.

Anna, Ivo, and Merlin.”

Epica & Eluveitie Announce Co-Headlining North American Tour

Epica and Eluveitie have announced a North American tour. The Agonist will serve as the supporting act for this run.

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Tour Dates:

09/08 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
09/09 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
09/11 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
09/12 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Theatre
09/13 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
09/15 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
09/16 Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
09/18 Saskatoon, SK – O’Brians Event Centre
09/19 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
09/20 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Ballroom
09/22 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
09/23 Seattle, WA – Neumos
09/25 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
09/26 Los Angeles, CA- Fonda Theatre
09/28 Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
09/29 Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium
10/01 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
10/02 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
10/03 New York, NY – Irving Plaza