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WE ARE STORYTELLERS.
WE WANT TO CARRY YOU AWAY INTO OUR WORLD OF MUSIC. 

We want to unleash feelings and experiences by telling stories and drawing symbols, in the way mankind has done since the dawn of its existence: through legends, folk tales, theatre, drama, spirituality - and through songs.

WE REINVENT FOLK TALES FOR OUR AGE AS THE VERY ESSENCE OF WHAT THEY ONCE WERE: STORIES OF EVERYDAY LIFE.

We may sing about the future, we may sing about the past - for essentially, they are the same. If you come to experience our show, you will not know what to expect. If days are bright, our performance shall be bright. If they are dark, it will be dark. In any case, we will tell you stories: those you’ve missed in a world where no bed time stories are told anymore, or those which have never been told before.

Biography

Cellar Darling formed in the summer of 2016 out of the split of Switzerland’s most successful metal act to date, the chart-topping Eluveitie. The trio consisting of Anna Murphy (vocals, hurdy-gurdy), Merlin Sutter (drums) and Ivo Henzi (guitars & bass) therefore already looks back on a decade of touring the world, in 45+ countries on 6 continents. The winners of the 2014 Swiss Music Award as ‘best live act’ have experienced much together, forming a bond that can overcome any adversity. 

After the split with their former band in June 2016, the trio knew that their musical journey was far from over and instantly began working on their own songs. What quickly developed was a unique and fresh combination of grand and heavy riffs, powerful drumming and a unique voice, with the signature folky, earthy tones of the hurdy gurdy, confidently fusing heavy alternative and progressive rock with strong folk influences and poetic lyrical tales, creating what you may very well call a New Wave Of Folk Rock

In September 2016, following a summer of intense songwriting sessions, Cellar Darling self-released their first single 'Challenge' along with the bonus track ‘Fire, Wind & Earth’, to overwhelmingly positive reactions from around the world. Signing to Nuclear Blast Records in January 2017 was swiftly followed by 3 single releases, all met with a staggering support from the ever growing fanbase. The videos for 'Avalanche' and 'Black Moon' each broke 1 million views on YouTube within months, and the subsequent release of Cellar Darling's debut album ‘This Is The Sound’ on June 30th 2017 received widespread critical acclaim and overwhelming positive response from fans around the world. The album entered top 100 charts in Switzerland, Germany and the UK, peaking at #16 in the band's home country, and surpassed 1.8 million streams on Spotify alone within 6 months.

A few critics' ratings for 'This Is The Sound':🏆5/5, heavymag.com.au (AUS) | 🏆14/15, Legacy Magazine (DE) | 🏆4/5 Stormbringer.at (AT) | 🏆9/9, Powerplay Magazine (UK) | 9.5/10 Metalinside (CH) | 🏆9/10 Metal.de (DE) | 🏆 9/10 Greekrebels.gr (GR) | 9.5/10 Deadrhetoric.com

"A proggy delight" (...) “This is the sound of bombastic potential”
(Metal Hammer UK)

“One of the finest and most beautiful albums in 2017 - a true classic”
(heavymag.com.au)

From September to December 2017, Cellar Darling embarked on a tour of 14 countries, ranging from Russia to central, eastern and southern Europe, sharing the stage with the likes of Lacuna Coil and Delain. In January 2018, the band returned home and confirmed the beginning of songwriting for their yet-untitled sophomore album, while announcing a series of UK headline shows as the next leg of their 'This Is The Sound' world tour, and promising more dates to be added throughout 2018.

 

Drums | Merlin Sutter
Vocals, Hurdy Gurdy, Flute | Anna Murphy
Guitars, Bass | Ivo Henzi

 

 
 

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Insomnia (2018)

 

From the album ‘This Is The Sound’ (2017)

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