as (pagan) music saved my soul: Eluveitie
I’ve been listening to Pagan (also referred to as folk) metal for a while. I’ve currently got Eluveitie (Switzerland) on heavy rotation. Some of their songs are in ancient Celtic languages like Omnos (roughly translated as Fear) written in Gaulish — sort of music for nerds (at least, no songs in Klingon — Qapla’!) with a range of instruments including
- hammered dulcimers,
- hurdy gurdy,
- Irish bouzouki,
- uilleann pipes,
- and whistles,
- not merely the guitar, bass and drums structure in most popular music.
The only problem I’ve got is that a handful of tracks are plain screamo with slight folk metal in the far background. Needless to say (type), I’m a tough customer especially when adding material to my collection of over 600 discs ranging from folk (not metal) and country to electronica and rave to thrash and industrial metal.