Elvenking - Heathenreel
AFM Records
EpicFolk Metal
11 songs (55'08)
Release year: 2001
Elvenking, AFM Records
Reviewed by Paul
Surprise of the month

Elvenking, a band formed by young Italians, are bringing out their first album with Heathenreel. This album was recorded and engineered by Luigi Stefanini in Italy and mixed by Fredrik Nordström in Sweden. Let's say that Elvenking sounds a bit like what the actual True Metal scenes in Italy and in Sweden have to offer.The cover is the work from Travis Smith and the logo work is from Jean-Pascal Fournier. So a lot of people for the new comers from AFM Records. Not only for what's around the cd but also inside: they are many additional musicians and classical instruments involved in this work.

The style of Elvenking goes from melodic or epic to speed metal with a touch of folk. It goes in the waves of Blind Guardian or Skyclad. The vocal parts are not only assured by Damnagoras the singer of the band but also by different female vocalists, or death parts. The songwriting and production are good, it makes this album very various and interesting.

Let's say it is a very good debut album with lots of good ideas. The way is hard and long plus the fact that there are many great bands especially in Italy. So I wish these guys a good luck. Forza ragazzi.

Killing Songs :
Pagan Purity, The Dweller Of Rhyme, The Royality Dance, White Willow, Oakenshield, A Dreadful Strain
Paul quoted 89 / 100
Other albums by Elvenking that we have reviewed:
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
Elvenking - The Scythe reviewed by Marty and quoted 69 / 100
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