"The Call of the Mountains"
by Swiss Folk Metal Band Eluveitie
Eluveitie makes fantastic use of a wide variety of instruments, including the Hurdy-Gurdy, tin flute, bagpipes, and eclectic mix of ancient instruments. Some of their songs are actually sung in an extinct language, Gaulish and even their name comes from ancient history, referring the Helvetians. Their music is about as varied as any band I have ever spent any real time listening to deeply.
Eluveitie has an amazing collection of videos available on YouTube. The music ranges from uplifting and beautiful as found in “Omnos” to the harsh and HEAVY metal of “King” to somewhere in the middle with “A Rose for Epona.” If you sit and watch these four videos you will immediately be a fan.
This band has such an amazing variety of sound you can be entertained in any mood. One of the problems I find when I start to listen to Eluveitie is that I end up not being able to get up and do anything else. This is especially true when on line watching videos. Whoever writes, films and edits their videos is amazingly talented and creative. This is more entertaining and addicting than most television shows.
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Eluveitie will be touring the United States in late summer, early fall, and they are kind enough not to skip Los Angeles (Thank you, the drives to Vegas are monotonous). This may be the show I am most looking forward to for the rest of the year, and there are some real barnburners in my plans. They will be touring with the band Epica, from the Netherlands.
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Dan Adler was raised in Southern California to a mom and dad, one of whom appreciated Creedence and left wing anti-war politics. By the teenage years, Dan became obsessed with Black Sabbath, listening to the same seven albums repeatedly for 5 years. During this time, his favorite concert experience was seeing Metallica open for a bunch of bands that no longer exist and winning the 1st ever Santa Cruz Air Guitar contest. After several years in Africa listening and dancing to Chimurenga music, Dan returned to have the two best children in the world, one of whom spends a lot of time at concerts with him. What a lucky dad!