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Review: Elvenking – Reader Of The Runes – Divination

by Darko Rajic

Elvenking – Reader Of The Runes – Divination

1. Perthro
2. Heathen Divine
3. Divination
4. Silverseal
5. The Misfortune Of Virtue
6. Eternal Eleanor
7. Diamonds In The Night
8. Under The Sign Of A Black Star
9. Malefica Doctrine
10. Sic Semper Tyrannis
11. Warden Of The Bane
12. Reader Of The Runes – Book I

Label: AFM Records
Date: August 30, 2019

Ten is the magic number for fans of the Italian folk power metal collective Elvenking. Now the rest of you probably are wondering why? Because after twenty-two years, these guys decided to turn the page, I mean sword, and create a world of their own; full of magic, mysticism, magical and colorful characters living in it. Album “Reader Of The Runes – Divination” is their first conceptual full-length of a series announced to introduce fans to characters of their magical world through which they will guide us. This album will be followed by a few more, carefully building the whole story, which will be told through the years to come.

From a demo album I had the privilege to hear a long time ago, this band has grown into one of the strongest power folk metal bands in Italy. And beyond, of course. Their carefully built career took the band to the heights they could only dream in 1997. Step by step, they went on to reach the next level and decided to keep up with the style, and also, make a new world with everything that goes with it.

As I already wrote, “Divination” is the first in a series and who-knows-how-much-will-come… album with 12 tracks that from the beginning keep your attention to the story Elvenking are telling you through the lyrics, melodies, and of course, the atmosphere. The production is so good that every tone can be heard, I mean you can easily experience a chapter of the world that you enter by listening to the record. From the first “Perthro”, which introduces us to the album, to the grandiose “Reader Of The Runes – Book I”, which is kind of a cliffhanger that leaves you thinking and waiting for your next album as a new chapter which will continues the story you’re eagerly awaiting.

Artwork is credited to Zsofia Dankova, Slovakian artist who made artwork for the first two singles of the album. She also worked with bands such as Powerwolf, Thaurorod and Fifth Angel. She is young, very perspective and shoots right into the core. I hope they will continue their cooperation…

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