"Origins", the new album from Swiss folk metallers ELUVEITIE, has registered the following first-week chart positions:
Says the band: "What's even better than #6 in Germany? That's right: #1 at home! Our brand new album, 'Origins', has entered the official Swiss album chart at NUMBER ONE! That is just unbelievable.
"We are proud, happy, and most of all thankful to you, our fans. Together with you we've achieved the impossible and put metal where it belongs: at the top!
"As if that weren't enough, 'Origins' has also made some significant folk metal impact in North America: #104 in the Billboard Top 200, #1 in the Billboard Heatseekers, and #60 in the Canadian Top 200!
"FROM ALL OUR HEARTS, THANK YOU!"
"Origins" was released on August 5 via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover artwork for the CD was created by ELUVEITIE frontman Chrigel Glanzmann and can be seen below. The effort was once again recorded at New Sound Studio in Pfäffikon, a municipality in the canton of Zurich in Switzerland, with producer Tommy Vetterli (a.k.a. Tommy T. Baron; CORONER/ex-KREATOR guitarist).
"Origins" track listing:
02. The Nameless
03. From Darkness
07. The Call Of The Mountains
11. The Silver Sister
13. The Day Of Strife
15. Carry The Torch
Chrigel previously stated about ELUVEITIE's new album: "'Origins' deals in depth with Celtic mythology, or, to be more precise, with aetiological tales from Gaul in particular. Hence we're facing strongly mythical as well as spiritual subjects on this album, topics which we have approached very scientifically and in cooperation with several scientists and diverse universities.
"Many aspects of Gaulish mythology and spirituality remain in the dark nonetheless, while others run through the theme like a golden thread — like this eminent, yet innominate god, for instance, of which the Gauls claimed to be direct descendants and which was compared to the Roman chtonic deity Dis Pater.
"Today we cannot say which Gaulish god this was exactly. But according to all we know, it's likely that we're dealing with Sucellos here. Throughout space and time he appears over and over again — from very old spiritual customs of ancient Gaulish tribes in today's northern Spain all the way to later statues in today's Switzerland, France and elsewhere.
Perhaps he is this mysterious nameless one.
"The album cover of 'Origins' is designed after the hammer/club-shaped 'halo' of Sucellos, as seen on a statue, that was found in a shrine of a gallo-roman household in today's France. It was created under the scientific supervision of experts from the university of Zürich."
ELUVEITIE recently announced the addition of violinist Nicole Ansperger to the group's ranks.