Source: Blabbermouth.net

On Friday, March 7, Swiss folk metallers ELUVEITIE were awarded one of Switzerland’s most prestigious recognitions in music: a Swiss Music Award in the category “Best Live Act National.” ELUVEITIE was chosen to receive the honor after a highly competitive fan voting, marking the very first time ever for a metal band to receive this award.

Watch ELUVEITIE accept their award at the Hallenstadion stadium in Zurich during a massive two-hour show on live television at this location.

Commented the band: “Now that we have recovered from Friday night’s events (although our minds are still blown), we would like to say a few words:

“Winning a Swiss Music Award for ‘Best Live Act National’ is certainly one of the highlights of our career, and an immense honor. However, it is not just our honor, but yours to share with us: this award goes out to all of you!

“The stage at the stadium in Zurich [Friday] night was as much yours as it was ours. It is also not simply a recognition of our most recent activities, but the result of many years of hard work and amazing times.

“We want and have to thank each and every one of the amazing people who have worked with us and supported us in any way during the last 12 years. There are many, and listing them here would exceed the scope of this message. Please take the time to visit our website, where we have tried our best at the futile attempt to list all their names:

“But most of all, we want and have to thank all of our amazing fans all over the globe, who stood with us, supported us and came to our shows. Our die-hard fans, our incredible fan clubs (in particular in Brazil, Poland, and France), all the members of our official forum and everybody who voted for ELUVEITIE, joining forces with us to show the whole music world how strong metal really is! This award is your award! You all rock!

“Even more motivated we now return to Tommy Vetterli‘s New Sound Studio, where recordings for our new album have started last week already. ELUVEITIE 2014 is going to be a big one!”

ELUVEITIE recently announced the addition of violinist Nicole Ansperger to the group’s ranks.

ELUVEITIE‘s latest album, “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. BaronCORONER/ex-KREATOR guitarist).