Top Ten Best Eluveitie Songs
Eluveitie are best known as a folk metal band that combines Celtic-tinged folk music with melodic death metal. They have had a lot of great songs over their decade-long career. However, like any other band, they still have songs that are better than others. Like the title says, these are what I consider to be the ten greatest Eluveitie songs. I will be listing some honorable mentions at the end, as I normally do with these kinds of articles.
10. “Luxtos” (Helvetios, 2012)
“Luxtos” is a song from Eluveitie’s newest album, entitled Helvetios. It features heavy use of female vocals, and a chorus sung in Gaulish. The uniqueness of the chorus was what originally grabbed my attention to this song. Maybe it’s not their heaviest or most artistic song, but “Luxtos” is definitely one of their best. It’s certainly the most memorable song from Helvetios.
9. “Quoth the Raven” (Everything Remains (As it Never Was), 2010)
Everything Remains (As it Never Was), is probably my least favorite Eluveitie album. Luckily it still had some awesome songs, like this one for instance. It’s easily the most creative from that album. It starts out as an incredible folk metal song, but the chorus and the cheesy but good spoken part make this song one of the band’s best. “Quoth the Raven” is particularly recommended to newer fans of the band, because it’s a pretty easy song to get into.
8. “Druid” (Ven, 2003/2004)
Ven, as a whole, was kind of inconsistent with the heavy tracks being amazing and the softer tracks being far less enjoyable. “Druid” is easily the highlight of that EP, it’s one of the most ferocious and guitar-driven tracks that the band has ever made. The choir-like vocals, dynamic shifts, and unyielding guitars make “Druid” essential listening. It’s relentless, but also beautiful and deep. It has that ancient atmosphere that a lot of the band’s early work had. Even though it becomes a little over-the-top after some time, it still deserves a place amongst the best of the band’s discography.
7. “The Song of Life” (Spirit, 2006)
“The Song of Life” is another one of the heavier Eluveitie songs. Being on their debut album, Spirit, it’s also a lot rawer than the newer Eluveitie songs. I think this rawness suits the band’s sound- makes it more authentic, perhaps. Anyway, “The Song of Life” contains some of the best metal and folk elements to any Eluveitie song. The opening guitar, while simple, is nice and rather memorable for this band. The folk melodies during the chorus are also some of the most memorable Eluveitie has written. Seriously… it’s not easy to get that melody out of your head.
6. “Bloodstained Ground” (Slania, 2008)
I like to think of “Bloodstained Ground” as the model for a typical (but good) Eluveitie song. If one of their songs sounds somewhat like “Bloodstained Ground”, then it’s a good one. This is not a particularly complex song, but it is a really fun and energizing listen. Like “The Song of Life”, the folk background during the chorus is one of the highlights. Chrigel (the vocalist) also sounds incredible, and “Bloodstained Ground” has some of his best growls. It’s also aggressive and quite angry sounding. Overall, “Bloodstained Ground” is one of the best on Slania and from the band in general.
5. “Slanias Song” (Slania, 2008)
“Slanias Song” used to be my absolute favorite from Eluveitie, so it certainly deserves its place on this list. It’s dominated by female vocals, but also features some growls. Additionally, it’s sung in Gaulish. “Slanias Song” is proof that a song can be in a language different from one’s own and still be extremely catchy. From the frantic intro to the aggressive passages to the calm verses, “Slanias Song” is pretty close to being perfect.
4. “Primordial Breath” (Slania, 2008)
“Primordial Breath” is the first real song on the Slania album. It also happens to be the best song from Slania. This one really hearkens back to the glory days of Spirit. In fact, it resembles that album quite a bit with the heavier guitar approach and the choir-like vocals. Perhaps this is why I like “Primordial Breath” so much- or maybe it’s because “Primordial Breath” is just a very good song.
3. “Uis Elveti” (Spirit, 2006)
Those closely following this article have probably already figured out that Spirit is my favorite of Eluveitie’s albums. It’s simply their best, and also their heaviest and most varied. “Uis Elveti” is a prime example of this, as it’s a song that just sounds like no other. The guitars are very rhythmic, but the folk melodies are just the opposite (they are extremely melodic, that is). The chorus is also one of the band’s coolest. I’ve already mentioned the choir-like vocals that the band was so fond of in their early years, but this song is another good example of why this vocal approach worked so well for the band (the next two songs feature these vocals, as well). I like the version of this song that appeared on Ven, but it’s not quite as good as the Spirit version.
2. “Of Fire, Wind, and Wisdom” (Spirit, 2006)
“Of Fire, Wind, and Wisdom” is kind of like the ‘hit’ song from Spirit. It’s one of the more talked about songs from that album, and it even has a music video. I love the lead melody, and the way the song has some shifts in dynamic. The chorus is also one of the band’s most addicting, featuring layered vocals. “Of Fire, Wind, and Wisdom” is also great for newer fans, because it’s a pretty catchy song and very representative of the band’s sound at the time.
1. “The Endless Knot” (Spirit, 2006)
Moody, atmospheric, and dynamic are three words that come to mind when describing “The Endless Knot”. It’s easily the most complex and progressive song that the band has ever done. Everything is highly varied- the guitars, the folk instruments, the pacing, and especially the vocals. It’s also got a lot of atmosphere which, unfortunately, is uncommon for anything they did after Slania (not that their more recent songs are bad- obviously I like those too). It also has a running time of almost seven minutes, so it’s also the band’s longest song (I think). I really don’t understand how Eluveitie was able to pull this off, but I’m glad they did. “The Endless Knot” is easily my favorite from Eluveitie. Honestly, I don’t know how it couldn’t be.
Which song from my list did you like the most?
All lists have to come to an end, and when they do there are always some honorable mentions. So here you go:
“Calling the Rain”
“The Dance of Victory”
“Your Gaulish War”
“Gray Sublime Archon”
Thanks for reading, and be sure to comment and vote! Tell me what you think, as I’m curious to hear other opinions.