Thursday, January 5, 2012

I'm Gonna Folk You, Softly.

If you have even a modicum of interest in folk metal of any stripe, by now you've heard that Swiss melodic metallers Eluveitie have released a second song off their upcoming 'Helvetios' album (due in February), 'A Rose For Epona'.

Eluveitie - "A Rose For Epona"

Now of course you know that Epona is a Celtic horse goddess, the appearance of whom as a mare was a "bestower of sovereignty in the ancient Celtic rituals of kingship"1. Now I'm not casting aspersions, but those selfsame rites often included marriage.

To a horse.

Okay, yes, a goddess in the FORM of a horse, but still.

If you go by the stories, Epona herself was the result of a union between man and mare.  This of course means that the Tijuana donkey show actually has its roots in ancient Britain, but more importantly it makes you wonder why Eluveitie is giving her a rose, which suggests that they want to court her.  Maybe they're trying to get some of that 'kingship ritual' action IF YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING.

It's a pretty solid song.  I went through a phase of listening only to female-fronted metal bands and if I'd heard this maybe a year ago I'd have been all over it.  Right now it's not totally in my zone, but since I purport to be a purveyor of all things folk metally, I'm a lay it on you anyway.  Enjoy.

1. "The New Book of Goddesses and Heroines" (2000) Monaghan, Patricia.


islander said...

Why yes. Yes, I think I DO KNOW WHAT YOU'RE SAYING. It's about time we got Eluveitie's THINLY VEILED take on bestiality.

Mich9 said...

google knows it :-D

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