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Like the old, but better than ever - 96%

Indecency, October 26th, 2014
Written based on this version: 2014, CD, Nuclear Blast

Eluveitie are right back it again, having never waited more than 2 years to release a new metal album. This new album doesn't stray far from the old material, so if you're looking for some new revolutionary change, well, go look for a new band. This is Eluveitie, their new album sounds like Eluveitie, and if you like Eluveitie, you will like Eluveitie.

The first thing noticeable on this album is the production job. Eluveitie, while having a clean, clear sounding production throughout most of their history, have has this annoying habit of making the recordings sound very thin. 2012's "Helvetios" cleaned up some of the production but it never managed to make it any thicker or heavier. While "Origins" is still quite a ways from perfect, it is the first production job that I find does not hinder the music whatsoever and that I could be happy with if they continued with it their entire career.

All of the typical folk instruments are back in this release, with a heavier influence on orchestral strings thanks to Nicole Ansperger, the new violinist. This record has the super folky fast whistle melodies as well as the slower, more epic/symphonic backing melodies.

One thing I noticed that Eluveitie has finally managed to perfect is their fast melodic death metal sections. Previously, for the most part, their folk instruments would take a seat while a faster melodic death riff was being played, and would only come back during choruses, breaks, bridges, intro, outros, and the like (or it would play some irrelevant melody overtop). You will now hear folk instruments not only during the fast parts, but often times being the main melody of their while the guitars are playing the rhythm as power chords, tremolo picking, or something else and the drums are blasting away. This is seen in tracks like 'From Darkness' or the end of 'Inception'. Other fast tracks on the record include 'The Silver Sister' and 'The Day of Strife' (which seems to be the only song from the album that the band hasn't played live).

Speaking of songs on the album, there are truly 14 of them including the intro and outro (the intermissions are just spoken word), and they're all quite well divided into fast paced, mid paced, and slow paced. 'The Call of the Mountains' is the new 'A Rose for Epona', and just like the latter, it's quite catchy. It's surprising that I would like it since I'm not much for the slow songs. This song is offered in English as well as the 4 official languages of Switzerland. 'Celtos' is another great slow song, offering an odd time signature and only partial English lyrics. As for midpace, they're nothing to write home about, but they're definitely not filler. 'The Nameless', 'Sucellos', 'King', and 'Carry the Torch' all fit the bill.

The drums on this album is what you would expect. Slow folky beats to the slow folky riffs, and thrash beats and blast beats during the faster melodic or tremolo picked parts. I found the drumming particularly exception on tracks 9 and 11. The guitars are some of the best yet they've ever been. Again, it's still a lot of what you would expect. The same goes for a lot of the folk instruments (which the previously aforementioned slight change in orchestral strings).

Overall, this is an Eluveitie album, and it's the best yet. If you really do like the band, and you don't have it in your head that the band must do something drastically different release to release, there's no reason why you shouldn't like this release. It has everything they've done in this past, only slightly refined and bundled into a 58 minute package. If you can catch them on their current Fall 2014 tour, I would as they're playing most of this album and the album is definitely worth it.