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Helvetios By Eluveitie

Helvetios

2012 | Metal

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“Cause we're born free, 'cause we're born wild, 'cause we are indomitable and bold, 'cause we are fire."

Trivia

  • The album hit #143 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on the Heatseekers chart.
  • This is the band's first concept album, it focuses on the Gallic Wars from a perspective of the ancient Helvetians.
  • Eluveitie is a folk metal band from Winterthur, Zürich, founded in 2002 by Chrigel Glanzmann.

THE HOT TAKES

Luke Tatum

Nothing says "start the rebellion" quite like Celtic metal. While a lot of their music--and this song is no exception--focuses on references to Celtic mythology, the chorus here seemed too perfect to leave off the list. "We are born free" may inspire a sense of the Delcaration of Independence. And hey, if we're born free, why on earth would anyone have the right to take that from us later? If you believe in a social contract that we are all subject to just by virtue of being born within a certain geographical area, then the burden of proof is on you. I was born free, and plan to live my life as freely as possible...playing this song every now and again for inspiration.

Sherry Voluntary

What a banger! I mean, how often do you hear a song with a friggin’ hurdy gurdy in it? I think this song exemplifies the binding and uniting force of common custom and belief on societies. I think many anarchists are dismissive of and underestimate the importance of commonalities of culture, religion, and tradition, which are a very large factor in binding groups of people to accommodate and care for one another. You see this in many proto-anarchist societies such as the Iroquois nation. While there may be peculiar beliefs to families and tribes, there are broader beliefs that bind tribe to tribe, forming the confederations that serve many functions including keeping relative peace, protecting property, providing natural allies, etc. In a world where people are responsible for themselves with no social safety nets and welfare programs, a society's traditions are a very important in encouraging communities to care for those who cannot care for themselves, and also to differentiate between peoples, an important function when you don’t pay taxes that are dispersed far and wide to those you've never even known or had any connection to. You don’t have to believe in God or religion to see that traditions and common beliefs are indispensable in holding together Stateless societies.

Nicky P

I'm not sure anyone can add anything to this that Sherry didn't cover beautifully already. The song is in many ways an intro to Celtic mythology but at its core it focuses on parsing human nature in an interesting way. The song is honestly a pretty solid way to illustrate the nature of freedom of association. It points out mans natural state of freedom and his acceptance of tribe. The key in here is that it points out the indomitability of the spirit. This means any tribe must be given in to voluntarily. You belong to the groups you choose alone.

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