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Much more refined - 95%

Sir_General_Flashman, March 17th, 2008

Eluveitie has changed a lot since their last album Spirit. Whereas Spirit was more of a melee of the instruments almost fighting to be heard, Slania is much more organized. Now don't get me wrong, Spirit was awesome, but this is much better on my musical mind.

From the first real song(Primordial Breath) everything seems to work like a piece of highly mechanical equipment. Each instrument is extremely important and every part has it's part to shine in. There is a nice chorus in the background, which is easily heard over the lead singer, but doesn't drown him out.

Unlike the first album the guitars have some real work in this album, with a few good solos sprinkled throughout the album. The beauty of this album is that you aren't just going to hear guitar solos. When listening to this album you hear flute, violin, and a variety of different instruments solos. This nice mix of solos is best heard in Inis Mona where, for about a minute you hear some nice guitar, followed by a flute solo, and then a variety of hard to name instruments all shining brilliantly.

As if I haven't written it enough, the flow of this album is really nice. It's interrupted by one quiet intermission, but that intermission only adds to the build of the album. The album manages to string together the fast and slow, short and long, loud and soft very well, which is exceptionally hard to do.

The vocalist is a major part of how well these songs string together. His range in singing, screaming, and even whispering manage to keep the songs on their path to greatness. A less talented vocalist, and this album could and probably would be ruined. The rest of the band prove to be good vocalists as well.

I haven't mentioned the drummer yet, and that is because he is decent, but hardly noticeable. The album is so filled with sweet combinations, that it is hard to focus on the drummer, but if you really try to hear him, you'll find he's good.

This is a must buy for any folk fan.