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Eluveitie - Slanias Song

Eluveitie - Slanias Song Eluveitie use traditional instruments amidst guitars and loud vocals. The lyrics are often in the extinct language Gaulish. The name of the band comes from a graffito on a vessel from Mantua (ca. 300 BC). The inscription in Etruscan letters reads eluveitie, which has been interpreted as the Etruscan form of the Celtic (h)elvetios (“the Helvetian”), presumably referring to a man of Helvetian descent living in Mantua.

The Helvetii were a Celtic tribe or tribal confederation,occupying most of the Swiss plateau at the time of their contact with the Roman Republic in the 1st century BC. According to Julius Caesar, the Helvetians were divided into four subgroups or pagi. Of these Caesar only names the Verbigeni and the Tigurini, while Poseidonios mentions the Tigurini and the Toygenoi (Τωυγενοί). They feature prominently in the Commentaries on the Gallic War, with their failed migration attempt to southwestern Gaul (58 BC) serving as a catalyst for Caesar’s conquest of Gaul.

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“Ambicatus is my name”

Another story behind the scenes: This photograph is originally horizontal. There was a insane long haired dude in front of me with his arms up in the air THE WHOLE FUCKING TIME. Anna was also in the frame, the composition was great, but his arm was in the way.

The solution was to crop vertically. The intensity did not vanish.

Eluveitie @ Teatro Odisséia, April 12th, 2015.

The Best Anime You’re Not Watching: Sora No Woto (Sound of the Sky)

Summary: 

In a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by war, Kanata Sorami is inspired to join the Helvetian Army after witnessing a mysterious soldier play Amazing Grace on the trumpet. She is assigned to the 1121st Platoon, a small squadron consisting of five girls stationed in the remote town of Seize. 

Why Nobody Has Seen It:

- At first glance it looks like a spinoff of K-ON!

- The characters come off as stereotypes (the happy-go-lucky one, the cool one, the quiet one, the tsundere, etc.)

- It’s mostly a slice-of-life show, which, combined with the moe artstyle, doesn’t usually lend itself to a post-apocalyptic army scenario

- Because it’s a slice-of-life, there isn’t really much of a plot at first

- The ending theme doesn’t match the rest of the anime AT ALL

Why Everybody SHOULD See it:

- Great development of the five main characters

- The characters amount to more than just their stereotypes

- Great design and animation on the tanks

- Episode 7.5 is fucking hilarious

- Actually gets serious and addresses the tragedies of war (not as much as it could have in my opinion, but at least it’s there)

- Shit can REALLY hit the fan (especially in the final two episodes)

- Surprisingly good at getting you on the Feels Train

- Absolutely beautiful soundtrack composed by Michiru Oshima (who previously did the soundtrack for Fullmetal Alchemist)

- The insert song “Servante du feu” is especially beautiful and carries a powerful message

- The opening is amazing; it has the same animation style as Elfen Lied’s opening (probably because both shows have the same director (not joking; look it up)) and the song is written by Yuki Kajiura and performed by Kalafina

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Eluveitie have unveiled their new multi-lingual track ‘The Call of the Mountains’, taken from their upcoming new album Origins. 

Featuring lyrics in five different languages - English, Swiss German, French, Italian and Romansh - the song is about “the long searched for destination at the end of the epic journey of the Celts, who were to become the Helvetians - a song about our mystical and unparalleled alps.”

The English-language version will feature on the album release, while those who mailorder through the band’s label Nuclear Blast can get the multi-language version, which will also be available to download on iTunes.