Considering the impressive history of ELVENKING, there is no chance to deny it: The Italian Folk Power Metal band belongs to the most important and unique bands of the scene. Founded in 1997, the musicians soon made their way and established themselves among the leading acts of Europe when it comes to powerful Metal music with Folk and Pagan influences. Since the beginning of their career, ELVENKING worked together with AFM Records – a strong connection that resulted into nine albums so far.
In 2019, the band releases their next and tenth masterpiece: “Reader of the Runes – Divination.” The concept album is an adventurous journey into a mystic world of runes, magic and ancient powers far away from the visible. The band about their new album:
“For the first time in our career we’ve created a whole world that will accompany the songs. We were finally ready to write a story that could embrace and contain the essence of this band, the concept of our message and the atmospheres of our music. ‘Divination’ is the first chapter of the ‘Reader of the Runes’ story that will continue and will be developed in our next albums. In this first chapter you will get to know the characters of the story, through the songs and the lyrics, through the runes and magic.”
But not only the overwhelming concept makes “Reader Of The Runes – Divination” the maybe most epic album ELVENKING ever recorded. Musically, it is definitely an album that breathes freshness while still being totally loyal to the unique sound of the band. “A renewed excitement and a song-writing that has hardly been this brilliant for us. The new material explores all our sounds and influences, and it probably contains the straighter material ever done by the band as well as the most extreme one. Expect big melodies, folk tunes, lots of acoustic breaks and heavy stuff in an album that those who already listened to it already consider (one of) our best ever”, the band states.
With “Reader Of The Runes – Divination,” ELVENKING started a completely new chapter in the band’s existence and opened a new world to their fans and listeners. Let the story begin – the power of the runes and the mysteries of divination are waiting for you!
Read our review here.