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Eight years after melodic death/folk metal masters Eluveitie released their acoustic album Evocation I, the Swiss musicians have decided to put aside their electronic instruments once again in favour of a new acoustic offering. Evocation II - Pantheon will be released August 18th via Nuclear Blast Records.
Band mastermind Chrigel commented on the artwork and new single 'Epona':
"Evocation II is a journey back to the source of it all: Antumnos, the other world. Join us on this wayfare through the Celtic pantheon, the world of the gods of our ancestors! The album cover expresses nothing less but exactly this! It's full of symbolism and meaning and depicts things of deepest meaning and importance in Celtic mythology. The symbol contains the 'great wheel', symbolizing the wheel of the year with the four seasons and the equinoxes – forming the foundations of Celtic mythology. The great wheel is framed by a tripartite Enneagram; while three is an important number in Celtic mythology in general, we also face trinity in the Celtic pantheon!
While the inner circle contains the initials of the names of the deities revered on this album – arranged tripartitedly according to their relations within the pantheon and place in the mythology – the outer circle utters an invitation as well as a blessing, a magical benediction for the one to dare to enter and set forth on this journey. The core of the symbol implies triune symbolism. The depiction shows the god Lugus, who was sometimes also addressed in the plural – Lugoves – since he's a triune god, as well as a tricephalos. The 'one with the skillful hand' and 'artisan of all skills' is depicted and a combination of two important symbols: On the one hand he's shown as 'high king' (and druid of druids), a typical gallic symbolism of an essential meaning and significance. On the other hand he's framed by the gallic 'lord of the animals/lord of life' symbolism: The character surrounded with diverse animals, but being strongly connected with all of them at the same time. So after all, the album cover vibrantly and mystically expresses the content of Evocation II! Join & let the journey begin!"
Today sees the reveal of the new cover artwork, as well as the launch of the album pre-orders:
The first single off the new record, 'Epona', is now available to purchase digitally: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/evocation-ii-pantheon/id1245639622
Pre-order the album on Limited Edition Double Gatefold Clear Vinyl from the Nuclear Blast UK store: http://www.nuclearblaststore.co.uk/shop/nuclearblast/products.php?cat=5096
“The time feels right to go on with Evocation II! It’s time for the album”, continues Chrigel, who revived the initial concept after three successful albums in the usual Eluveitie style.Evocation II conjures up images and emotions from another time, to eras long gone. As the title already reveals, the concept of the first opus continues and is entirely dedicated to the Celtic mythology. Evocation II takes you into the Gallic pantheon and bows down to the gods after which the song titles are named.
Jonas Wolf | guitars
Matteo Sisti | whistles, bagpipes, mandola
Nicole Ansperger | fiddle
Alain Ackermann | drums
Chrigel Glanzmann | vocals, whistles, mandola, bagpipes, bodhran
Fabienne Erni | vocals, celtic harp, mandola
Kay Brem | bass
Michalina Malisz | hurdy gurdy
Rafael Salzmann | guitars
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