Helvetic folk power metal from Switzerland, Excelsis follows in the traditional approach to the genre laid down by Blind Guardian. The storytelling feel throughout the album gives you a warm sense of traditional tales being passed from one generation to another.
Listening to “Tombstone” and “Tell” (as in William Tell) one feels almost as if you should be sitting around a campfire in the woods late at night listening to these songs. “Gfauni Ängle” sounds like something more along the lines of In Extremo. “Tomorrow Song” relies mainly on folk instrumentation and strong vocals.
Fans of Balckmore’s Night could easily appreciate the effort put forth on this album. “Dragongroundalp” would sound right at home being on a Blind Guardian CD. The instrumentation on “Forgotten Hymn” makes this track stand out as being rather unique. There are no all out, fast-paced power metal tracks on this release, the closest Excelsis comes to this is the track “Last Episode”.
Excelsis does a noble job of recording a disc that respectfully pays homage to the folk music of their country. Closing (hidden) track “Fritzebach” sounds more like an Irish or German beer drinking anthem. Perhaps German beer metal legends Tankard contributed to this rather cheerful finale.