Aug 022017
 

Switzerland’s new mystic sound force Cellar Darling (feat. former Eluveitie members) has become unstoppable! After the release of their debut album “This Is The Sound”, Anna Murphy, Merlin Sutter and Ivo Henzi have relentlessly played festival shows and even an exclusive concert with Evanescence in Pratteln and their chart success (#16 in the Swiss album charts, #19 in the UK Rock Charts…) only spurred them on. So this autumn, the founders of the New Wave of Folk Rock will not only support Delain on several dates, but also join the Italian Gothfathers Lacuna Coil on their extensive European tour!

Cellar Darling states: “This Is The Sound has been out for a month, and we’re at a complete lack of words. We’re incredibly thankful for glowing reviews, for video views and comments beyond our wildest hopes, for amazing first festival shows, and most importantly, for the deluge of awesome feedback from the best fans in the world.

Now we have one priority, and one priority only: getting back on the road, and making it our mission to visit each and every one of our fans to celebrate our music live together. We’re already excited about hitting the road with Delain in the fall, after premiering our club show with two dates in Switzerland, and are proud and happy to announce that we’ve added another 27 shows with none other than the amazing Lacuna Coil!” Continue reading »

Jul 292017
 

The debut album from Cellar Darling is perhaps perfectly titled . This is the Sound introduces the band and their unique blend of folk, metal, and rock and showcases the talents of the band in a way that should create a sizable fan base.

Cellar Darling traces its roots back to the Swiss folk metal legends Eluveitie and the summer of 2016 when Anna Murphy, Ivo Henzi, and Merlin Sutter left the band but realized they still wanted to craft music.  Fusing metal, folk, and alternative styles with traditional instruments like the hurdy-gurdy, ethereal vocals, powerful drums, and heavy riffs, Cellar Darling began crafting their songs of lyrical tales of old.  In fall of 2016, the singles “Challenge” and “Fire, Wind & Earth” were released and the band signed to Nuclear Blast Records in January 2017.  Three more singles followed and This is the Sound was released at the end of June 2017.

One of the great things about reviewing albums is when you get a new artist you haven’t heard of, to just fire up the album and start listening.  That’s what I did with Cellar Darling’s This Is the Sound and this is one of those albums that grabs you immediately.  After seeing they are on Nuclear Blast, I had a feeling I likely knew something about the band, and after a bit of google, suspicions were confirmed as the band is made up of former Eluveitie members.  While they can’t escape that, make no mistake, this is not Eluveitie-style folk metal.  I would best describe this as folk-influenced almost hard alternative or perhaps radio-friendly metal, heavy enough to keep the metalheads engaged  but not heavy enough to drive off the casual metal listener. Continue reading »

Jul 052017
 

Nuclear Blast UK went to visit Cellar Darling in the beautiful Swiss mountains… Check out the video interview in 2 parts below.

Cellar Darling, the new band featuring former Eluveitie members Anna Murphy (vocals, hurdy-gurdy), Merlin Sutter (drums) and Ivo Henzi (guitars, bass). Their debut album “This Is The Sound” was released on June 30 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was recorded at New Sound Studio with producer Tommy Vetterli (Coroner/Eluveitie).

When asked about the biggest challenges facing Cellar Darling since the band’s conception, Anna told AAA Backstage: “There haven’t really been many, as everything kind of fell into place and happened naturally. For us, writing the album was actually quite an easy task because we had so many ideas and so much output. But, of course, there were struggles within the realm of real life. Financially, we obviously weren’t having a great time since we lost our main job in Eluveitie and thus didn’t have any money. Merlin‘s living at the rehearsal room at the moment and I’m also forced to leave my apartment, so everything is a bit chaotic. We’re trying to get our real lives back on track, but creative things are so great and that’s more important so I would say we’re facing the challenges we have very well.” Continue reading »

Jul 012017
 

The official lyric video for ‘The Hermit’, a brand new song from Cellar Darling, the new band featuring former Eluveitie members Anna Murphy (vocals, hurdy-gurdy), Merlin Sutter (drums) and Ivo Henzi (guitars, bass) can be seen below. The song is taken from Cellar Darling‘s debut album, “This Is The Sound”, which was released on June 30 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was recorded at New Sound Studio with producer Tommy Vetterli (Coroner/Eluveitie).

When asked about the biggest challenges facing Cellar Darling since the band’s conception, Anna told AAA Backstage: “There haven’t really been many, as everything kind of fell into place and happened naturally. For us, writing the album was actually quite an easy task because we had so many ideas and so much output. But, of course, there were struggles within the realm of real life. Financially, we obviously weren’t having a great time since we lost our main job in Eluveitie and thus didn’t have any money. Merlin‘s living at the rehearsal room at the moment and I’m also forced to leave my apartment, so everything is a bit chaotic. We’re trying to get our real lives back on track, but creative things are so great and that’s more important so I would say we’re facing the challenges we have very well.” Continue reading »

Jun 222017
 

Cellar Darling, the new band featuring former Eluveitie members Anna Murphy(vocals, hurdy-gurdy), Merlin Sutter (drums) and Ivo Henzi (guitars, bass), will release their debut album, “This Is The Sound” on June 30 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was recorded at New Sound Studio with producer Tommy Vetterli (Coroner/Eluveitie).

Do you want to know why Cellar Darling chose Tommy Vetterli to produce the album, watch the video below.

In addition, the band has launched the pre-order for “This Is The Sound” and now you can get their new album in the form of a CD or double vinyl. For a little extra, a limited digibook is also available featuring three bonus tracks. Each band member chose a cover song to interpret in Cellar Darling‘s own, unique style. Anna picked ‘The Cold Song’ from Henry Purcell‘s “King Arthur” opera, Tears For Fears‘ ‘Mad World’ was chosen by Ivo and, to top it all off, Cellar Darling recorded the epic Queen classic ‘The Prophet’s Song’ — Merlin‘s all-time favorite. Also included in the digibook will be an alternative and limited cover artwork plus an extended 32-page booklet, filled with the band’s notes on the stories behind their songs. Continue reading »