The Revolver Magazine Tour featuring Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie conquer the Mercury Ballroom with The Agonist, Martina Edoff and Caducus.

It’s not often that a band from Switzerland, performing unfamiliar music (Celtic Folk Metal) completely dominates a room, but that is what Eluveitie did on Thursday night at the Mercury Ballroom. Due to the sudden cancellation of Epica as co-headliners of this Revolver Magazine tour a few days earlier, Eluveitie completely reworked their show to bring their most comprehensive performance to date. Each evening, the band played a two-hour headline set including a never before performed, exclusive acoustic session. The result was just magical!

Eluveitie opened their first metal set with hard-hitting Celtic folk metal songs “King,” “Nil,” and “Thousandfold” which set the high energy tone for the rest of the evening. Over the next hour, they played a number of songs, including “Call Of The Mountain” featuring Anna’s incredible  vocals and “Kingdom Come Undone,” which Chrigel commented was the stress test for the security staff. He urged those in attendance to crowd surf over the front barrier which was happily done by the eager crowd.

After a very short break to re-set the stage, Chrigel and Matteo took their places on stools and proceeded to launch their acoustic set with a jig (traditional Celtic folk arrangement).  Now being joined on stage by other members of the group, Eluveitie performed a reel set (traditional Celtic folk arrangement) along with three other Celtic folk songs; “Hope,” “Carnutian Forest,” and “Memento.”  It was a treat to experience this unique acoustic set and was much appreciated by everyone in attendance.

Unbelievably, there was still more great music to come.   After a very short break to re-set the stage again, Eluveitie started their second metal set with the same energy and tenacity of the first performing “Helvetios” and “Meet the Enemy.” After sharing briefly the sentiment that family is everything, he dedicated “A Rose for Epona” to tour mates Epica; it was a great moment in the show. After urging everyone in the crowd to dance, Eluveitie finished the set with “Quoth the Raven,” “Havoc,” and “Alesia.” They left the stage to the roar and applause of the crowd.

The band  came out one final time with bagpipes screaming as they launched into their encore song, “Inis Mona.”  They capped off an incredible evening of Celtic folk metal music that all in attendance were fortunate to experience.

Eluveitie is Merlin Sutter (drums), Chrigel Glanzmann (vocals, mandola, mandolin, tin and low whistles, bagpipes, bodhràn),  Anna Murphy (hurdy-gurdy, vocals, flute),  Nicole Ansperger (fiddle), Ivo Henzi (guitars),  Rafael Salzmann (guitars),  Matteo Sisti (tin and low whistles, bagpipes), and Kay Brem (bass).

It should be noted that Dutch symphonic metal band Epica was scheduled as the co-headliner for this tour, but a family emergency forced an early cancellation of their remaining North American dates. Epica has commented that they will be rescheduling the North American tour in support of The Quantum Enigma for the beginning of 2016.

Canadian metallers The Agonist  were the main support for the evening, performing an almost 45-minute set of extreme metal pumping their February release, Eye of Providence.  Their sound was compelling; outstanding vocals from lead singer Vicky Psarakis combined with strong melodies and a solid stage presence combine to create an exceptional performance.

During their set, Vicky made mention of the importance of  family, dedicating a song to tourmates Epica before wrapping their set with “Follow the Crossed Line.”  The Agonist is Vicky Psarakis (vocals), Danny Marino (guitar),  Chris Kells (bass), Simon McKay (drums), and Pascal “Paco” Jobin (guitar).

Also supporting Eluveitie this evening was Martina Edoff from Stockholm, Sweden. Those in attendance warmed to her set of melodic rock receiving it well. Martina performed a number of songs from her new album, Unity, scheduled to be released on October 16.

Opening the evening with a set melodic alternative metal was Caducus from New Albany, Indiana.  Caducus is Michala Bouska (vocals) along with Steve McDougale (drums), Chuck Stoess (guitar), and Jason Cheatham (guitar, bass). 

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