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ELUVEITIE – ROSEMOUNT HOTEL

Eluveitie by Misty, Shadow-World Photography
Eluveitie by Misty, Shadow-World Photography

Eluveitie
Rosemount Hotel
19 May

Eluveitie describe themselves as the new wave of folk metal – their musical style incorporates characteristics of melodic death metal combined with the melodies of traditional Celtic music. They use traditional European instruments, including the hurdy-gurdy and bagpipes, amidst guitars and both clean and harsh vocals. Chrigel Glanzmann is the brains behind it all, and he lead his 8 piece band at the Rosemount to a terrific 2 hour show.

The show started off with local act ‘Wrath of Fenrir’ on a day that I had heard was filled with controversy for them, they managed to get up on stage and perform their hearts out. I don’t think there would have been many bands from Perth that would suit a bill like this but they did their job. I particularly liked the lead singers ‘Road Warrior Animal-esque’ facpaint, straight out of the Legion of Doom. Oh, what a rush!

Eluveitie hit the stage and it was exciting, truly enthralling. I can’t give you a song by song listing of the nights proceedings, all I can do is explain to you what I heard and saw. This band is a well oiled machine. Chrigel is a great leader. From start to finish I found it to be such an interesting and powerful show. Chrigel does the bulk of the harsh vocals, if not all. I have to say the man has a madness to him, to be the architect of such music really is something to be impressed with.

The Celtic harp, Mandola player Fabienne Emi was a complete show-stealer for me. I think most of the crowd couldn’t take their eyes off her, she is charisma personified. I feel compelled to say that I have never heard a voice like hers. It was angelic as anything. Especially during the song ‘Ategnatos’.

Also rocking out on the hurdy gurdy was Michalina Malisz – whom in unison with Fabienne would do the coolest hairwhipping and windmilling I’ve ever seen. Such a great touch. Everybody in the band did a great job, but those were the standouts to me.

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The venue was packed, and buzzing. Further confirmation to me about how the metal scene in Perth always supports the bands that come over our way. It was a really great show – they played 23 songs that spanned their 17 year catalogue and didn’t leave one person at The Rosemount Hotel disappointed.

Photo Credit: Misty, Shadow-World Photography
(https://www.facebook.com/ShadowWorldPhotography)

Setlist
Ategnatos
King
Nil
Deathwalker
Black Water Dawn
Quoth the Raven
A Rose for Epona
Lvgvs
Artio
Epona
Worship
A Cry in the Wilderness
Kingdom Come Undone
Alesia
Drum Solo
Havoc
Ambiramus
Breathe
Gray Sublime Archon
Tegernakô
Helvetios

Encore
Rebirth
Inis Mona

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