ELVENKING – Secrets of the Magick Grimoire (2017)

Elvenking – Secrets of the Magick Grimoire (2017)

If one has read previous digest from me, I have been spending 2017 focused on power metal in the vein of USPM and early speed metal. Because of this, melodic power and European based sounds has been a distant memory. This is perhaps why I have enjoyed Secrets of the Magick Grimoire so much as it reminds me of a time when I adored bands like Rhapsody and Dragonland. If we are being honest here, I know little to nothing about Elevenking aside from their kick ass name and their…

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ELVENKING – The Pagan Manifesto (2014)

If you’ve never heard of Elvenking, it’s probably helpful to think of their music as the kind of thing you might find in a renaissance fair in either heaven or Germany. Possibly both. It’s Folk Metal – pure but (thankfully) not simple, with typically ample technical and lyrical complexity to keep your attention. Thank the God’s that Elvenking are one of Folk Metal’s most interesting bands because they are essentially alternate reality historical re-enactors exploring the most boring race in all of fantasy. In a world where Hobbits are weed-smoking…

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ElVENKING (2013)

Elvenking have been a disappointment in recent years. Following three outstanding pagan/folkish power metal albums that launched their career, and are still very highly regarded in the pagan metal community, the band has languished in mediocrity. After releasing our Editor’s Pick for Album of the Year (2006) The Winter Wake, Elvenking decided to abruptly change their style to something I can’t really describe in definite metal terms. Let’s go with prog. Yea, prog, because that covers all the stuff we want to love but, more often than not, misses the…

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