Though these bands have certainly kept their affairs private, many people were heartbroken to see Eluveitie split down the middle. Merlin Sutter, Anna Murphy, and Ivo Henzi have now separated from the band and gone on to form Cellar Darling, a name that I can only presume comes from Anna Murphy’s 2013 solo album, Cellar Darling. With a new single out in September, “Challenge”, the band is winning over the hearts of the divided fans. We’ve managed to get all three of them to share the playlists of their lives with you today!
1. The first song you remember hearing as a child
Anna: Probably some kind of opera. My parents are both opera singers, so I hung out in theaters pretty much after having emerged from the womb. 😉
Merlin: “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” by Iron Butterfly. Yes, my dad had (and still has) long hair.
Ivo: Probably some classical music my parents listened to.
2. The first song you can recall ever really and truly loving
Anna: “Bitter Sweet Symphony” by The Verve. My dad made a tape of that song for me when I was a kid and it’s the only thing I listened to on repeat for at least a year.
Merlin: “Freedom” by DJ Bobo.
Ivo: “Every Breath You Take” by The Police.
3. A song that you loved as a teenager/reminds you of high school
Anna: “Hexagram” by the Deftones.
Merlin: Dream Theater – Scenes From a Memory (I used to listen to this album as one song).
Ivo: “What’s My Age Again” by Blink 182.
4. The song or band that got you into metal music (or the current genre you play in)
Anna: When I was in 6th grade my math teacher played Limp Bizkit during classes and that probably paved the path. One or two years later I got into extreme metal by discovering Darkthrone.
Merlin: Dream Theater. Then Slipknot – “People = Shit”.
Ivo: Slipknot and Iron Maiden were my entry to metal music, while Dissection was my first extreme metal band.
5. The most recent song to get stuck in your head
Anna: “Lore” by the band Elder.
Merlin: “Hurts” by Emili Sandé.
Ivo: “Depravity Favours the Bold” by Anaal Nathrakh.
6. Your guilty pleasure song/band
Anna: “Locked out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars. I don’t feel guilty for listening to it, it’s simply just a good song, but some of my friends are weirded out by it. 😉
Merlin: You name it. I love nearly all types of music, but particularly female pop singers, for some reason. Beyoncé, Taylor Swift…
Ivo: “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” by Fall Out Boy.
7. The first album you bought with your own money/the first album you were really excited to own
Anna: I don’t remember the very first one, but I bought the Braveheart soundtrack at a very young age. I listened to it so many times that it looks like it was run over by a truck…
Merlin: A Bravo Hits tape. I don’t remember which issue, there were many.
Ivo: Looking for Freedom by David Hasselhoff.
8. A song that makes you want to curl up on the couch with a hot beverage
Anna: “Lights” by Archive
Merlin: “Hollow Years” by Dream Theater. Ideally in the ‘Live at Budokan’ version.
Ivo: “All I Know” by Karnivool.
9. A song to blast at full volume while you’re on the road
Anna: “Sirens” by Coroner.
Merlin: “Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi.
Ivo: “Self Esteem” by The Offspring.
10. The song you’d most like to be played at your funeral
Anna: “Blue” by Eiffel 65 or the Chicken Song (or both)
Merlin: Anything by Queen.
Ivo: “United” by Decapitated
Check out their music video for “Challenge” here:
Or try the audio-only version of “Fire, Wind, & Earth” here: