“A Rose For Epona”, a brand new song from Swiss folk metallers ELUVEITIE, can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. The track comes off the group’s new album, “Helvetios”, which will be released on February 10 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Commented ELUVEITIE vocalist Christian “Chrigel” Glanzmann: “The song ‘A Rose For Epona’ appears about in the middle of the storyline — so, it tells about the time when the gaulish war broke out already. The Helvetians decided to leave their homeland and migrate to the west coast of Gallia, to start a new life there. In the time the song tells about, many Helvetians had to face pretty much shattered hopes. And so does the protagonist, from whose viewpoint the song is written: A young gaulish woman. She was part of the helvetic migration, but after the battle of Bibracte, all hopes that she and her people would ever reach their new home were torn to pieces. Furthermore you can imagine: She probably had lost her husband on the battlefields of Bibracte and she had to face fact that she can be glad if their common newborn child would not be killed and she herself would be sold into roman slavery. To sum it up: Her situation was desperate. In this situation ‘our’ young gaulish woman despairs, can’t accept her fate and turns to her goddess Epona… and accuses her for having forsaken her people. This is what the song expresses. On a historical note: ‘Epona’ was a gaulish goddess which was, among other things, in charge of taking care of horsemen and the cavallery. All over Gallia there were Epona temples where people traditionally offered up freshly cut roses or rose petals to their goddess.”
A video for “A Rose For Epona” was recently filmed and will make its online debut soon.
“Helvetios” was 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). According to the band, Vetterli “record[ed] drums, guitars and vocals and also produc[ed] and mix[ed] the record. Most folk instruments and also vocals [were] recorded by Anna Murphy and Marco Jencarelli at the Soundfarm studios in Lucerne.”
“Helvetios” track listing:
05. Santonian Shores
06. Scorched Earth
07. Meet The Enemy
09. A Rose For Epona
11. The Uprising
13. The Siege
A trailer for the album can be seen below.
ELUVEITIE‘s last album, “Everything Remains (As It Never Was)”, sold around 1,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 23 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
ELUVEITIE will join CHILDREN OF BODOM on the Finnish metallers’ North American headlining tour in celebration of the band’s 15th anniversary. The trek will kick off on January 30, 2012 in Rochester, New York and run through March 4, hitting 26 cities over the course of the five-week jaunt. Boston-based extreme metal band REVOCATION and Canada’s THREAT SIGNAL are also on the bill.
“A Rose For Epona” audio stream: