INTERVIEW: THE EVOCATION RETURNS

Eluveitie are releasing their new album Evocation II: Pantheon on August 18, the second part to Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion.

The Evocation concept was written in 2008 and meant to be a double album from the start, but it wasn’t until now that front-man Chrigel Glanzmann decided it was time for it.

“We really don’t know, there’s no specific reason other than gut feeling, it just felt right,” Chrigel says.

“The decision the next album would be Evocation II: Pantheon was done quite a white ago, around the time when we produced Origins.”

Chrigel has always been the workhorse of the band switching between vocals, mandola, whistles, pipes, gaita, acoustic guitar, bodhran and harp, sometimes all in one show.

Their use of the ancient extinct Gaulish in many of their songs and the outside contributions helps delve into history in a unique way.

“It started early on, when we released our demo actually, I just looked some scientists up because I had some questions on the pronunciation of language and everything,” Chrigel says.

“I’d get recommended to other ones because they’d be a specialist in a certain area and now there’s a full network.”

Origins was super intense because of the topics and the Celts didn’t write them down themselves, you mainly depend on literature testimonies.”

Nicole Ansperger (violin, vocals), Matteo Sisti (bagpipes/whistles/mandola), Michalina Malisz (hurdy-gurdy) and Fabienne Erni (vocals/celtic harp/mandola) provide Eluveitie with its unique folk sound.

Kay Brem (bass), Rafael Salzmann (lead guitar), Jonas Wolf (rhythm guitar), and Alain Ackermann (drums) give the band it’s metal presence.

“The main idea with Evocation is to try and put pristine Celtic mythology into music somehow, and the first album took original texts and song lyrics,” Chrigel says.

“The idea of the second part is to kind of go back where to it came from, which in the Celtic understanding is the “other world” where we come from and go to at some point.”

“The album is like a stroll through the other world and meeting all these gods and goddess that are presented on the album.”

Evocation II: Pantheon will be released on August 18 and you can pre-order the new album here.

By Nutman

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