is an Italian Power Metal
band. However, it says they are folk on Spirit
. From what I have read and see, Elvenking
use to be an extremely good Folk Metal
band. I don't think this album is bad by any means but I have yet to hear their older material.
This album is an extremely good Power Metal
record with a few folk elements added in like the violin, but it definitely is not folk. When I first saw Elvenking
I was hoping to hear something like Korpiklaani
. Instead I got a band somewhat similar to Blind Guardian
with a lower pitched singer. Of course that is not a bad thing by any means, but I do not think they are quite as good as Blind Guardian
This album is full of epic melodic riffs which are extremely catchy and a lot of songs like The Divided Heart
have extremely catchy choruses. One thing I like about them is that they actually do some growls. To hear growls in a power metal band is a really big plus for me. Before each song there is a man talking, which can get a bit boring throughout the album. I thought it was pretty cool at first, but as the album progressed it started to bore me a little. The first song starts off with it then the guitars, bass, and drums come in and he lets a few low growls which helped me get into the album a lot.
I think the violin in some of the songs helped the melody a whole lot. The melody of the album stayed pretty solid throughout it all. I almost felt a Trivium
vibe when listening to the album. Almost as if Trivium
metal. The guitar solos were really melodic and usually lead into a really cool riff. The solo towards the end of the song The Scythe
was a really good example of this and it was probably my favorite.
This band has shown me they know what they are doing and I will be listening to the rest of their discography soon. They have earned a spot as one of my favorite power metal bands already and they are a must for any power/folk metal fan out there. I rated this album a 16/20.