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Elvenking - Two Tragedy Poets... (CD)

Elvenking
Two Tragedy Poets...
by Grigoris Chronis at 09 November 2008, 1:01 PM

This is an acoustic album by ELVENKING, the Italian Folk/Power Metal quintet (that recently 'turned' to more modern paths in music, via their Scythe latest release). It features brand new songs plus an acoustic version of two previously released cuts, The Winter Wake and The Wanderer. It will be released in normal and digipack formats, with a Japanese version featuring an extra track called Skywards 2008 (the original Skywards edition was featured in ELVENKING's debut full-length, 2001's Heathenreel). OK with the Press Release, ha ha, but what about music itself?
Still doing business with AFM Records, ELVENKING decides to focus on their 'folk' side over here. At least, we know what to expect from this album with the smart title. The arrangements are OK (an appropriate equipment of instruments seems to have been used), the re-makes of the originals are not far enough from the wanted 'vibe', the Belinda Carlisle cover ends up being rather fancy and - in general - the mood is kinda 'leprechaun' Metal coming from the North of Europe. Have not been a fan of ELVENKING, apart from their debut album maybe, but this is not a 'normal' CD anyway.
Thus, take the time - if you want - to spend some time with an 'all acoustic' release, nonetheless well performed, but destined to apply mostly to the band's core fans. Fans that love ELVENKING's folk side, I remind you. If you, on the other hand, wait for some e.g. SKYCLAD mastery then hold your horses.

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Tracklist:
The Caravan Of Weird Figures
Another Awful Hobs Tale
From Blood To Stone
Ask A Silly Question
She Lives At Dawn
The Winter Wake
Heaven Is A Place On Earth
My Own Spider's Web
Not My Final Song
The Blackest Of My Hearts
The Wanderer (digipack bonus)
Miss Conception
My Little Moon
Lineup:
Damna - Vocals
Aydan - Guitars
Gorlan - Bass
Elyghen - Keyboards & Violin
Zender - Drums
Record Label: AFM Records
     


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