Whether or not you truly believe that Eluveitie (and trust us, we can barely spell this band’s name much less pronounce it) is the “new wave of folk metal,” there’s no denying that this Swiss collective opts for unique approaches to how it presents its music and cultural trappings. They’re not the only pagan-leaning heavy act to use traditional instruments (fiddles, flutes, tin whistles and hurdy gurdies), but how many like-minded bands can say their lyrics are written and sung in an extinct language (Gaulish in the case of Eluveitie). In fact, the band’s name is derived from said tongue and translates to “I am Helvetian,” a reference to an ancient inscription from a Celtic tribe that used to pitch its tents in what is now Switzerland. Last year, Eluveitie was awarded Metal Hammer’s “Up and Coming 2010” title during the Wacken Open Air fest—and if this group’s getting props from the U.K.’s premiere working-man’s metal mag, then there’s no denying that Friday’s show at The Glass House will showcase how Eluveitie’s hurdy gurdies go all the way to 11.
Eluveitie w/3 Inches of Blood, Holy Grail and System Divide at The Glass House, 200 W. 2nd St., Pomona, (909) 865-3802; www.theglasshouse.us. Fri, Feb. 18. 7PM.