Helvetios (Nuclear Blast)
Reviewed by Raoul Hernandez, Fri., Aug. 10, 2012
EluveitieHelvetios (Nuclear Blast)
Freight-train thrash doesn't normally lead with its fiddler's cleavage, cranked up hurdy-gurdy, and a frontline manning whistles, but Swiss folk-troupe Eluveitie (say "el-vay-ti") adds mandola, hammered dulcimer, and narrative to its fifth full-length. Rarely do the unlikely twin strains fuse convincingly on the overlong/underwhelming Helvetios, its Alanis Morissette chalkboard keying ("A Rose for Epona") no substitute for "Havoc," whose double kick drums fuel buzz-saw fiddle and a mortar attack of guitar and sect leader Chrigel Glanzmann's grizzly man vox.