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Elvenking - 2010 Red Silent Tides

ARTIST: Elvenking
ALBUM: Red Silent Tides
LABEL: AFM Records
YEAR: 2010


LINEUP: Damnagoras - vocals * Aydan - guitars * Rafahel - guitars * Gorlan - bass * Elyghen - violin, keyboards * Zender - drums * Lethien - violin

TRACK LISTING: 01 Dawnmelting * 02 The Last Hour * 03 Silence De Mort * 04 The Cabal * 05 Runereader * 06 Possession * 07 Your Heroes Are Dead * 08 Those Days * 09 This Nightmare Will Never End * 10 What's Left Of Me * 11 The Play Of The Leaves


WEBLINKS: www.elvenking.net

In the past, Italian band Elvenking were not really suited to being reviewed on GLORY-DAZE. Their unusual style which mixes power metal plus pagan and folk influences wasn't really a good fit. Well that's what I thought at the time. In 2005, I was friends with an internet buddy who put me onto all sorts of weird stuff in this genre, Finland's Korpiklaani being one of them. Though both bands operate in the folk/power metal sub-genre, Korpiklaani have a bit of fun getting their message across, with pints of beer and nip glasses of vodka chucked in for good measure, whereas Elvenking are a bit more serious about their music and message. 2010's 'Red Silent Tides' is their sixth studio release, and they've spent all of their career with German label AFM Records. Interestingly the band generated a lot of inquiries from the melodic rock camp with this album during 2010. Whether that was due to lead singer Damnagoras (a.k.a Davide Moras) involvement in a hard rock side-project called Hell In The Club (signed to Avenue Of Allies label) I'm not so sure. Definitely, 'Red Silent Tides' is a very melodic album, and an appealing one at that too, but judging from what I've heard of their earlier material, those too are ripe for investigation. So my earlier misconceptions may have been off-target - it would seem..

The Songs
The traditional folk metal style kicks in very early on the first track 'Dawnmelting', but it transforms into a solid melodic metal offering with some double-kick drums accelerating things on occasion. Some folk styled patterns are introduced later in the song for a bit of difference. Nice start though. 'The Last Hour' is a straight forward melodic power metal track, though at the lighter end of the scale, with a hint of violin providing the contrast. Big piano stabs welcomes us on 'Silence De Mort', and though the track is big on guitars riffs and typical power metal elements, it veers to the Nightwish side of the fence - minus the female vocals. 'The Cabal' sees Elvenking leaning to the mid-paced tempo, a more serious sounding track delivered with intensity. A lovely acoustic folky piece holds sway initially on 'Runereader', though it makes way for some dramatic melodic metal. Imagine Brother Firetribe doing prog metal and this is what it would sound like. 'Possession' would be considered ballad material, though in the context of power metal that definition could mean anything. But I think I'm safe pigeon-holing this song into the ballad category. Elvenking return to their thunderous sound and style for 'Your Heroes Are Dead', a busy sounding track with booming drums and the violin shining through yet again as an accompanying lead instrument. 'Those Days' didn't do a lot for me, so I skipped through to the racy and melodic 'This Nightmare Will Never End', which will definitely appeal to the readership of this site. 'What's Left Of Me' is not a typical sounding Elvenking song, it's quite commercial sounding and would easily sit among the hard rock brigade with ease. To ensure their reputation as a folk oriented power metal band is left intact, the closer 'The Play Of The Leaves' keeps true to their origins with guitars, keyboards and violins uniting in a finale worthy of this very good album.

In Summary
Well, if 'Red Silent Tides' is anything to go by, then an investigation into Elvenking's back catalogue is well on the cards. I was quite impressed by what I heard on this album, and if the murmurings among the melodic rock community was a litmus test, then it was well justified. Some other reviews on melodic rock sites seem to be well wide of the mark. One guy compared them to Bon Jovi.. Umm yeah right.. Have a squizz at some of their You Tube clips to get an overview of their sound. I give this a 9.

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