Rating:
8.5
Elvenking - Heathenreel
2001


01. To Oak Woods Bestowed
02. Pagan Purity
03. The Dweller Of Rhymes
04. The Regality Dance
05. White Willow
06. Skywards
07. Oakenshield
08. Hobs An' Feathers
09. Conjuring Of The 14th
10. A Dreadful Strain
11. Seasonspeech


Debut album of these young Italians, Heathenreel bring us Folk metal at is finest form, by mixing melodic speed metal with folk influences and some medieval sounds Elvenking created something really interesting here.

The interesting thing about this debut is the variety in the vocal department, it goes from the typical power-metalish voice of Damnagoras to some nice death growls and a female singer, it really enhances the whole experience.

The music itself is very catchy, especially "The Regalty Dance" featuring a beautiful violin and "White Willow" with an incredible sing-along chorus.

But the highlight of the Cd is a brilliant and epic song "Seasonspeech" features 4 voices (clear voice, death growl and 2 female) and every voice is a season (winter, summer, fall, spring) arguing, a really great song! One of the bests songs I've ever heard!

So, if you like power metal with folk influences (flutes, violins, etc..) you should get this one, is a very good album with a lot of good ideas.


Band profile: Elvenking
Album: Heathenreel


 


written by Undercraft | 26.10.2003

Guest review by
schwanderen

Rating:
9.2
Elvenking - Heathenreel

"Elvenking"? What a lame name... I popped the cd in the stereo and this enchanting, luring folk tune flowed out.
I sat there, staring at the cover art, and the entangling tune combined with the cover suddenly made perfect sense to me. I had the feeling of breaking forest edge and being allured into untrodden territory. Then all of sudden, with an impact that would haunt me to this day, "Pagan Purity" kicks in. I almost fell of my chair... The tranquility was replaced with ecstasy, and there was no way back, for I was already deep within the woods of the kings. The tranquility never returns, and yet it does, just in a different form. One quickly adepts to Elvenking's flow, and the tranquility returns in form of endlessly catchy choruses. But the idea remains, of luring the listener into a place where he believes himself "safe" and then runs him over from head to toe.

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Ellrohir - 25.09.2009 at 12:29  
I think i need more listens to get myself into...there are some moments...
Uirapuru - 09.12.2009 at 16:13  
I love Undercraft older reviews. Without filler, straight to the point.

Thats a fine folk metal work.

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