So, like I said, I have recently received a free ticket to an Eluveitie show. If you are not familiar with these guys, they are a Swiss folk metal band. While I am a fan, of them, lyrics are what really speak to me. So if I can't make them out (Due to them either being in another language, or if there's too much growling/shrieking, or the production value being too low.) I have a tendency to ignore the band. With that being said, I do love when a metal band incorporates any kind of unique instrument. Folk metal almost always delivers with this. Many times, they'll include Old World instruments like the hurdy gurdy. In Eluveitie's case, the vocals aren't always quite as melodic as I'd prefer, and they're often in Gaulish. At the same time, however, they can still be categorized as melodic death metal, so they're not too unrecognizable, (The English ones, at least) and they do have some softer songs that sound quite beautiful, even though I have no clue what they're saying......Plus, they are by no means lacking in the unique instruments department, which, along with the Celtic folk melodies, is what really sells me. I have to say that this is one incredibly rare exception for me, where the lyrics take a backseat to the music.
Below are a couple examples of their work.
One last note. I should have added this earlier, but I forgot. While these music posts will be mostly some type of metal, they'll also be really unique bands. Seriously, if you don't go, "What the fuck?!" at least once in the next week....I dunno....I'll give you a cookie, or something. I don't have to come up with an "or else". You know why? Because you're going to go, "What the fuck?!"
Also that brings me to another point. This isn't really a music blog, so I'm limiting this series to about a week. I figure that gives me enough posts to share some unique bands, while also allowing me to incorporate some kind of flow.