Eluveitie (pronounced el-vey-ti) is a folk metal band from Switzerland. Their sound can be described as Celtic folk metal with melodic death metal influences. The band formed in 2002 and their first EP, Vên came out in 2003. The band has since then released a full length album, Spirit. In November 2007, Eluveitie was signed by Nuclear Blast. The first product of the collaboration, Slania, was released in February 2008. The album peaked at number 35 in the Swiss charts and number 98 in the German charts.
One of Eluveitie's two largest draws is their liberal, virtuosic use of traditional instruments amidst guitars and Chrigel's wide ranging, emotional screams. The other is their lyrics; instead of any of the languages currently spoken in their home country, the screams, clean vocals, and occasional spoken word parts are often in the extinct language Gaulish. Eluveitie is Etruscan for "the Helvetian", referring to an inscription dating to the earliest record of the Celtic Helvetii tribe from what is now Switzerland.
Shortly afterwards, the group performed its first shows, one including the Swiss metal festival Elements of Rock, and Eluveitie signed a contract with the Dutch record label Fear Dark which re-issued Vên in 2004. Other live performances were played, such as on some events of "Fear Dark Festivals", and even as support for the established international pagan/folk metal acts such as Korpiklaani and Cruachan.
During the 15-year existence of the German-Icelandic band Falkenbach, a limited edition tribute album was published for them in 2006, which also included Eluveitie's cover song "Vanadis". Furthermore, it came at the beginning of this year to a change in the line-up. When Sarah Kiener was replaced by Anna Murphy to play hurdy gurdy, the band decided that they did not need Linda Suter to play fiddle anymore.
In the 2nd quarter of 2006, the album entitled Spirit was published on Fear Dark, and in September that same year Eluveitie toured Europe with the German band Odroerir. At the end of 2006, Eluveitie signed a new recording contract with the German label Twilight Records. In early 2007, they played at Ragnarök Festival.
In November 2007, Eluveitie signed a contract with label Nuclear Blast. The new studio album Slania (name of a women's tomb dead 2500 years ago which singer saw) was released on February 15, 2008.
On June 4, 2008, brothers Rafi Kirder and Sevan Kirder (bassist and bagpipe player, respectively) announced on their MySpace pages that they will leave Eluveitie following their concert at the Metal Camp Open Air in Slovenia on July 8, 2008.
Eluveitie's next project, Evocation, was announced in 2008 and should take the form of a two-disc concept acoustic album. Chrigel has stated that, despite it being acoustic, the album will feature many of the characteristics of previous Eluveitie work, such as growling vocals. The first part of the album, Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion, is due for release in December of 2008.