Elvenking - Reader of the Runes - Divination
AFM Records
Folk Power Metal
12 songs (52' 25")
Release year: 2019
Elvenking, AFM Records
Reviewed by Andy

After Elvenking recovered from the emo missteps of the mid-2000s, their sailing has been pretty smooth. Reader of the Runes - Divination doesn't break away from the upbeat folk-metal Celtic dance melodies of the band's past, but as we've seen from past departures, that's probably just as well. Inside of that sound, it covers a lot of territory.

The tracks take advantage of the Elvenking talent for strong, melodic singalongs: Divination's quicker tempo is one of my favorites of the first set of tracks, but Damna's vocals only get used to their full advantage by the time The Misfortune of Virtue, which has more of the quick vocal tunes on the choruses that he's good at. Eternal Eleanor is also a standout with a rhythm that shows off the heavier beats of Lanc, who started on the last album. By this point, listeners should expect a smooth production, and that's exactly what shows up here; the choirs, folk-fiddle, and Damna's singing fit together in a smooth sound. This album still has some power metal bombast, but everything's so tight that it sometimes doesn't get to stand up and shout as it should.

Has Elvenking decided not to risk any more experiments with their formula after the disappointing "dark" albums? Not quite; for here at the end of the album we find the title track, a mini-concept inside the album that reprises the middle interlude track on the album within a song of its own. And with this final track dubbed "Book I", it's not too hard to conclude that a next album with a Book II is in the works.

Killing Songs :
Eternal Eleanor, Reader of the Runes - Book I
Andy quoted 80 / 100
Other albums by Elvenking that we have reviewed:
Elvenking - Secrets of the Magick Grimoire reviewed by Andy and quoted 81 / 100
Elvenking - The Pagan Manifesto reviewed by Joel and quoted 85 / 100
Elvenking - Era reviewed by Olivier and quoted 80 / 100
Elvenking - Red Silent Tides reviewed by Khelek and quoted 69 / 100
Elvenking - Two Tragedy Poets (... and a Caravan of Weird Figures) reviewed by Alex and quoted 80 / 100
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