Yet another pre-release review! Yeah, I like it. This time I am working on a new Eluveitie album which has been delivered to us by Nuclear Blast. The release is already known to the fans as the label published it just a few hours later. This makes me concentrate more on a sheer evaluation than on a usual depiction.

After a good yet a bit bland album Helvetios, the time is ripe for Origins. What an album is that… Eluveitie brings us another masterful combination of folk and metal. This band does not imitate folk music. They create its natural continuation keeping the cultural heritage alive. Am I the only one to feel as if they had someone stolen from historical books among them, who would be showing how the music had been played in their times? The new release is very mature and well-thought-out. What was important for its preparation is that it took quite a long time: two songs has already been performed on gigs for months (Sucellos, From Darkness) so they were sure to be well-received. Two other songs (King, The Call Of The Mountains) have been released with music videos. To tell the truth, I believe those four… well, I’d swap Sucellos for Celtos (more on it later)… are the best courses available at this gourmet buffet. I don’t want it to be perceived as a suggestion that those are awesome and the rest is not. That would be a horrible misunderstanding. All the songs create integral parts of that masterful totality and none of them can be perfectly strong without the others. That’s what makes that album so complete. What can I say about the sound? There’s an excellent balance between heavy and gentle parts, between Chrigel’s and Anna’s vocals and – as always – between all the instruments.

Let me write something about some chosen tracks as well. From Darkness is a really catchy composition, as good as my ever-favourite Everything Remains As It Never Was. A fantastic song. Next is Celtos which is even more Celtic than all the Celts themselves. It’s already been hailed as a new Inis Mona. Can I agree? No, I can’t. The song is equally good, but has its own story. It will proudly embody what Eluveitie is shoulder to shoulder with Inis Mona and neither of the songs will ever outshine the other one. The Call Of The Mountains is a track that gives some alleviation in the middle of the album: just like A Rose For Epona, it’s a melodic masterpiece with Anna Murphy on vocals. Finally, King, which brings a whole lot of energy to me. Rhythmic masterpiece, interesting and fierce melodic line, fast pace. I can’t wait to hear it live.

This review is surely a bit different from my earlier ones. I had to change its form as the album is so mighty and elaborate, and has been already published what makes my usual pre-release style quite useless. Still, my evaluation standards remain unchanged. My evaluation is always horribly severe, what can be seen with Frosttide Awakening, my favourite 2013 album, which got only 8.5 (!). To get a 10/10 from me, the album has to be so good that I’d be able to listen to it every single day for half a year and still would take it on a desert island with myself later. Why do I mention that? I considered giving a 10 to Origins. As you can easily suspect, the full score is a rarity for me and only one folk metal album (no review of it from me, unfortunately) got it so far. And… it’s not going to change today. Eluveitie made a melodic album, mighty and mature as hell. Origins is marvellous. Never have I written a review of such an excellent release. Yet, with honesty to my conscience, I refuse to give a full score, having decided to give still the highest grade I’ve ever gave:

9.5 / 10