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2012 release from the Swiss Folk/Pagan Metal band. Eluveitie belong to the ever-growing Pagan Metal scene which has been producing such bands as Finntroll, Ensiferum, and Turisas. Eluveitie have become one of today's most exciting acts and leaders of this new movement They have embraced their heavier elements on this album, making the delicate mixture of ancient and progressive their most infectious and instantly enjoyable album yet. They have become a phenomenon in North America and their sales are definitely on the rise.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Prologue 1:24
  2. Helvetios 4:00
  3. Luxtos 3:55
  4. Home 5:16
  5. Santonian Shores 3:58
  6. Scorched Earth 4:18
  7. Meet the Enemy 3:46
  8. Neverland 3:42
  9. A Rose for Epona 4:25
  10. Havoc 4:04
  11. The Uprising 3:41
  12. Hope 2:27
  13. The Siege 2:44
  14. Alesia 3:58
  15. Tullianum 0:24
  16. Uxellodunon 3:51
  17. Epilogue

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 28, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,992 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Lazaroff on March 1, 2012
Format: Audio CD
A non-historian's take on this concept album

Helvetios is a Gaulish/Celtic tribe that used to inhabit the region of Gaul that is now Switzerland, and some of modern-day France. It tells the story of the Gaulish War from the perspective of this particular tribe.

1 - Prologue
It is years after the Gaulish War and an old man laments those terrible years, what he and his people endured, and how they remember.

2 - Helvetios
This song describes the rise of the Helvetians. How they became a distinct sect of people from other Gauls. It depicts some of their beliefs, their deities (Succellus, Ogmios, Bricta), and a bit of how their afterlife (Antumnos) plays a role in their lives.

3 - Luxtos
Luxtos portrays Helvetios for what they were: rich, free, wild, and strong. This is the calm before the storm, the so-called "golden age" as it was for them when life was about just living, being happy, and enjoying oneself.

4 - Home
This is an account of the time when the Romans were encroaching on Helvetios. The Gauls had to leave their home and find a new one to avoid being swept into war. On their journey they consider going back, but realize that just isn't possible and they must press on.

5 - Santonian Shores
Continuing from the previous song, Santonian Shores recounts another event as Helvetios flees the Romans drive them from their land, again. The storyteller looks back and sees his village burning as they wandered into the night in search of a safe haven, leaving their past lives behind.

6 - Scorched Earth
As the Helvetians travel onward, in search of a new home, they take a look back, the night sky colored red by the fires that was once their home.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By AWZ on February 29, 2012
Format: Audio CD
It's important to note that Helvetios is a concept album. What this means is that the entirety of the album is to be taken together as a piece that attempts to paint a larger picture - with each song being an individual portion of that picture.

For Helvetios, the album as a whole is a journey, the story of the Helvetii - ancestors of the Swiss from Ancient Roman times - told from their point of view as they fought against the might of the Roman legions, as led by Caesar and as later documented by Caesar in his "Commentaries on the Gallic War". (Fun fact: 'Eluveitie' is derived from an early piece of graffiti meaning 'Helvetian'). The prologue and epilogue speak of war, and individual songs are named after battle locations and take the listener along the Helvetians' journey as they fight for a place to live, settle, and ultimately come to terms with their demise.

At its core, Helvetios is still very much Eluveitie.

Without getting into specifics of individual songs, Helvetios exhibits something of an evolution. A lot of people will be wary when reading that Eluveitie may have changed their style with this latest album, and upon first listen, the album may seem to be a bit disjointed, with rougher transitions than previous albums, and less folk melodies. While this is all somewhat true, given a few more listens from beginning to finish, and the genius in the way they've laid out the last journey of an extinct culture begins to rise beyond a slight unfamiliarity with the style.

It feels that Eluveitie is trying to tell a story first and foremost with this album, beyond even trying to make amazing music (which there is still quite a bit of).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Demoret on June 21, 2013
Format: Audio CD
if you like rock, if you like guitar, if you like music that clearly took painstaking hours upon hours of thought, talent, and devotion to produce, then buy this. yes, it is very VERY different than what most people here in the US are used to hearing. but it's just amazingly well done. it's a recounting of the gallic wars taken from the commentarii de bello gallico, which is Caesar's own account of the wars. but it's told from the perspective of one of the more prominent tribes he opposed. so that's the story the lyrics are telling you, now throw in amazingly heavy death metal, and somehow add in flutes, whistles, bagpipes, hurdy gurdy, etc., and BOOM. I promise you, you'll catch yourself headbanging to flutes. This was my introduction to Eluveitie, and now I have all their albums and have been exposed to sooo many other bands I'd never heard of before. But still, this is their best work. Buy It.

I encourage anyone who loves metal of any kind, give this album a chance. you will not be disappointed. It will open new doors to many different genres of metal for you.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By neasden oz on June 4, 2012
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Seriously, if Klingons did folk metal, this is what it would sound like.

Eluvetie are the pinnacle of this brand of music, and the only one that gets away with the Cookie Monster vocals.

All of the band's icons are here, but it is held together with a story, where the main body of the music and songs are bracketted by two English language monologs, explaining briefly the presumptive meaning of their lives. These underline a great sense of loss, which we should mourn...or not.

In proper proportions, contemplation, melody, Klingon Rock-n-roll, and moments of rare beauty.

Mostly, it rattles along at a good lick, and overall does not ease back. There is much to maintain one's interest.
Easily this band's best work.

Hard to top. Masterpiece.
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