Eluveitie - Evocation II - Pantheon

Eluveitie - Evocation II - Pantheon

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(CD, Nuclear Blast, 2017)

The second part of the “Evocation” concept has to be an easier-to-swallow pill especially to those who are not paying much attention to the fine print. Actually, there is no fine print in “Evocation II – Pantheon” as ELUVEITIE continue on the same path they opened some eight years ago when they released an acoustic album focused on female vocals. Still, there were many ELUVEITIE fans who were complaining about not having many Metal elements and I guess this album will not change their opinion. I hope that they will see the connection and their whining will stop but I would not keep my hopes high. At any rate, this is the first album after the radical lineup changes so it is interesting to see how much has the new lineup affected the songwriting although having Chrigel’s name on the credits you (should) know the answer.

And yes, the album sounds like the logical continuation to “Evocation I - The Arcane Dominion” to such extent that part of the music may have been written back then. Of course, the band has a different female singer, so expect to hear another timbre and maybe style. As in the first part of the concept, there are quite a few interludes with spoken parts, ambient effects that help the “dealing with the Celtic pantheon” theme, but at the same time kind of forbid from listening specific songs out of the 18-part tracklist. Well, ‘forbid’ may be a strong word to use as songs like the amazing “Epona" will get you in dancing mood no matter if you have or haven’t gone through the “Dureððu” intro. Like I said, the music is based on female vocals so Chrigel’s growls stay mainly on the background so if you cannot deal with this different balance then this album may not be for you. On the same subject, it is useful to note that there is no distortion but this should be expected as this album is labeled as being acoustic. After getting over the things this album does not have, let’s get into the meat of this review and highlight what it does possess. First of all, it has an amazing Folk atmosphere where you can feel the mysticism through the strange pronunciation of the lyrics written in Ancient Gaelic be it on the spoken or the sung parts. Yeah, listen how the dark and fateful “Tovtatis” sets the stage for the uptempo “Lvgvs” that will definitely wake the dancer in you. The accordion and the flute melodies smell Folk from miles away and I am sure you’ll be lip-singing the chorus no matter if you understand what Fabienne Erni is saying. Although, I am not fan of making comparisons I cannot but admit that I missed Anna’s timbre in this one and how her vocalisms matched ELUVEITIE’s music especially in the Folk(-ier) songs. However, a band is a living organism so I except to see Fabienne’s voice growing as she puts more studio and onstage hours with ELUVEITIE.

The primitive percussion and the chanting-like backing vocals of “Catvrix” will get your blood boiling while “Aventia” will tone things down although the violin lead melodies will lead you (again) down the dancing path. “Ogmios” should ring the “Inis Mona” bell or maybe it is best to say that both of these songs ring the “Tri Martolod” traditional song bell. Yeah, the latter connection is the correct one and in fact, “Ogmios” is closer to the original but no matter what, I like both versions and for different reasons.

It is rather simple; if you like the first “Evocation” part, then you will like even more the second one. The band sounds more confident by having completed the first acoustic album in ELUVEITIE’s backcatalogue. There is better flow on “Evocation II – Pantheon” and really, if you start listening, you will not stop until the end. At the same time, this is the album’s Achilles’ heel as it is kind of tough to pick a couple of songs to revisit in the future. Although, this is the definition of a concept album, right?

8/10


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Tracklist:

01. Dureððu
02. Epona
03. Svcellos II (Sequel)
04. Nantosvelta
05. Tovtatis
06. Lvgvs
07. Grannos
08. Cernvnnos
09. Catvrix
10. Artio
11. Aventia
12. Ogmios
13. Esvs
14. Antvmnos
15. Tarvos II (Sequel)
16. Belenos
17. Taranis
18. Nemeton


Lineup:

Chrigel Glanzmann - Vocals , Acoustic Guitar, Bagpipes, Bodhrán, Gaita, Harp, Mandola, Whistles
Kay Brem - Bass
Rafael Salzmann - Guitar
Nicole Ansperger - Violin, Backing Vocals
Matteo Sisti - Bagpipes, Whistles, Mandola
Alain Ackermann - Drums, Percussion
Jonas Wolf - Guitar
Michalina Malisz - Hurdy Gurdy
Fabienne Erni - Vocals, Celtic harp, Mandola