Swiss folk-metal pioneers, ELUVEITIE, have revealed the details to the highly-anticipated follow-up to their 2012 release, Helvetios! Origins will be released on August 1st (EUR), August 4th (UK) and on August 5th (North America) via Nuclear Blast. Cover artwork was created by none other than the group’s mastermind himself, Chrigel Glanzmann. Origins was recorded once again with producer Tommy Vetterli (KREATOR, CORONOR) at New Sound Studios in Switzerland.
“Origins deals in-depth with Celtic mythology, or to be more precise, with aetiological tales from Gaul in particular,” explains Glanzmann with regards to the lyrical and historical themes of the album. “Hence we’re facing strongly mythical as well as spiritual subjects on this album, topics which we have approached very scientifically and in cooperation with several scientists and diverse universities.
“Many aspects of Gaulish mythology and spirituality remain in the dark nonetheless, while others run through the theme like a golden thread – like this eminent, yet innominate god, for instance, of which the Gauls claimed to be direct descendants and which was compared to the Roman chtonic deity Dis Pater.
“Today we cannot say which Gaulish god this was exactly. But according to all we know it’s likely that we’re dealing with Sucellos here. Throughout space and time he appears over and over again – from very old spiritual customs of ancient Gaulish tribes in today’s northern Spain all the way to later statues in today’s Switzerland, France and elsewhere.Perhaps he is this mysterious nameless one.
“The album cover of Origins is designed after the hammer/club-shaped ‘halo’ of Sucellos, as seen on a statue, that was found in a shrine of a gallo-roman household in today’s France. It was created under the scientific supervision of experts from the university of Zürich.”
ELUVEITIE scanned 4,242 copies of their latest album Helvetios in its first week of sales in the United States according to Nielson Soundscan. Helvetios came in at #143 on the US Billboard Top 200 Chart and #3 on the Heatseekers chart, making it their highest charting record yet! ELUVEITIE also cracked the Canadian Top 200 coming in at #73! Helvetios was released on February 28, 2012 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
ELUVEITIE released The Early Years, a collection of re-rerecorded and re-mastered early material, in September of that same year.