Eluveitie is a Swiss folk metal band from Winterthur, Zurich, active since 2002. The project’s first EP, “Vên”, was released in 2003 by the founder Chrigel Glanzmann, which led to the recruitment of a full band. The band then released a full-length album, “Spirit”, in June 2006. In 2007, Eluveitie was signed by Nuclear Blast. The group rose to fame following the release of their first major-label album, “Slania”. By using a long gap of 5 years to gather momentum, they just forged their strongest album around it. “Ategnatos”, their latest album meaning “reborn”, will be performed during this China tour.
Eluveitie describes themselves as “the new wave of folk metal”. The band’s 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. Their lyrics include references to Celtic mythology, often in a reconstructed form of the extinct ancient language Gaulish. The name of the band comes from graffiti on a vessel, referring to a man of Helvetian descent living in Mantua.