ELUVEITIE's Anna Murphy (hurdygurdy, vocals, flute) will be forced to miss the band's upcoming European tour with SABATON due to continuing health issues.
Says the group in a statement: "Anna Murphy, who has fallen ill last December and has already been forced to leave our recent South American tour, will unfortunately not be able to join us for the upcoming run with SABATON. She is currently in the midst of a several month long treatment and is not able to play shows in the coming weeks.
"While this is sad news and we will miss Anna sorely during this tour, we will do our very best to still put on the show our fans deserve.
"Anna needs some time to fully recover, and is already eager to rejoin us as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding, and for all the nice messages Anna has been receiving in the past weeks!"
ELUVEITIE performed its latest concept album, "Helvetios", in its entirety during the band's recent North American co-headlining tour with Finnish epic metallers WINTERSUN. The trek commemorated ELUVEITIE's 10th anniversary as well as served as WINTERSUN's introduction to North American shores. This momentous event also included the German pagan metal band VARG.
"Helvetios" sold 4,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 143 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at position No. 3 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
"Helvetios" was released in Europe on February 10, 2012 via Nuclear Blast RecordsNew Sound Studio in Pfäffikon, a municipality in the canton of Zurich in Switzerland, with producer Tommy Vetterli (a.k.a. Tommy T. Baron; CORONER/ex-KREATOR guitarist). According to the band, Vetterli "record[ed] drums, guitars and vocals and also produc[ed] and mix[ed] the record. Most folk instruments and also vocals [were] recorded by Anna Murphy and Marco Jencarelli at the Soundfarm studios in Lucerne."