Helvetios, the new album from Swiss folk metallers Eluveitie, sold 4,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 143 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at position No. 3 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.
Helvetios was released in Europe on February 10 via Nuclear Blast RecordsNew 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.”
The Havoc video can be seen below. The clip was produced by the Polish company Grupa13, which previously worked with the band on the videos for Thousandfold and A Rose For Epona as well as with such other acts as Behemoth and Aman Amarth.
Eluveitie has just completed a North American tour as the support act for Finnish metallers Children Of Bodom. The trek kicked off on January 30 in Rochester, New York and ran 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 were also on the bill.
Helvetios track listing:
05. Santonian Shores
06. Scorched Earth
07. Meet The Enemy
09. A Rose For Epona
11. The Uprising
13. The Siege
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