Rating:
8.9
Elvenking - Two Tragedy Poets (...And A Caravan Of Weird Figures)
14 November 2008


01. The Caravan Of Weird Figures
02. Another Awful Hobs Tale
03. From Blood To Stone
04. Ask A Silly Question
05. She Lives At Dawn
06. The Winter Wake [acoustic version]
07. Heaven Is A Place On Earth [Belinda Carlisle cover]
08. My Own Spider's Web
09. Not My Final Song
10. The Blackest Of My Hearts
11. The Wanderer [acoustic version] [digipack bonus]
12. Miss Conception
13. My Little Moon
14. Skywards [2008 version] [Japanese bonus]


How nice to hear a well-done album. Even nicer if one has been expecting the album. And it is even more nice if the album is the work of a group that has released good works before and exceeds the predecessors in some way. Here we have "Two Tragedy Poets (...And A Caravan Of Weird Figures)", the newest and predominantly acoustic work of the Italian folklore act.
I have been following Elvenking's work and doings since 2004 when I heard their "Wyrd" which was outstanding. Their next album "Winter Wake" was also promising but after "The Scythe" I lost the interest I previously had since that album seemed a bland unsuccessful attempt to deviate from their trademark folklorist style.

Nevertheless, Elvenking are back now with "TTP(AACOWF)", a beautiful release it is. The music in the introduction track strongly reminds of the Irish groups Mael Mordha and Cruachan, a refreshing aspect, since Elvenking seems to be adding some smoother and milder "island" Celtic feeling to their own sharper and jumpier "continental" folk style. The overall atmosphere the album evokes is colourful, even more colourful in places than some previous releases had (although no other song by them has yet managed to exceed their "Seasonspeech"). The acoustic side of the album is its greatest trump, the instrumental composition of the songs and the performance are so ripe and mellow that no other things are needed here. Damnagoras with his characteristic snappy "hobbit" vocals brings life to the songs which are surely loved by all those fantasy fans out there. I only wonder how much the previous singer Kleid or the female vocalists Laura, Giada and Pauline would add to the music had they been asked to contribute for this album. I have not lost the hope of hearing all of them again cooperating with this band in the future and also hope for the next release to follow this one in its quality and style.

The album's composition is good. The faster and catchier songs are balanced with the slower and more contemplative tracks. The most outstanding songs from the album include "Another Awful Hobs Tale" with it's introduction, the brilliant "Ask A Silly Question", the slap-in-the-face energetic and straightforward "Not My Final Song", passionate "My Own Spider's Web" and the fine "Miss Conception". The acoustic versions of "The Wanderer" and "The Winter Wake" are also two pearls of the release not to speak of the bold and brilliantly executed cover of Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven Is A Place On Earth". There is so much positive about this album that it is impossible and meaningless to express it all in the form of some list. Folklore fans will most probably adore this album. Elvenking set the bar really high for themselves this time and for the joy of themselves and all the audiences they successfully got over it. Waiting for them to impose new higher standards with their releases in the future as well.

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 9
Production: 9


Band profile: Elvenking
Album: Two Tragedy Poets (...And A Caravan Of Weird Figures)


 


written by Ernis | 29.03.2009


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Ellrohir - 30.03.2009 at 11:07  
Some song are very nice, like "Heaven is the place on Earth"
Baz Anderson - 01.04.2009 at 17:27  
I was actually going to review this, but I guess there's no point now. Haha.

This is a fantastic album. People can finally say that they like Elvenking without feeling somewhat ashamed any more. Those last two albums were awful, so it seems they may have actually listened to fans on the internet and gone back to making REALLY good music.

Really great album. Brilliant.
MétalNoir - 08.04.2009 at 00:45  
I have only bought Another Awful Hobs Tale as part of a 2008 folk metal mix I was composing, but that song is so incredibly catchy, I never thought I could like a song like this one, it's so happy and upbeat, but I definitely love it. That song grows on you and it's really very hard to get rid of it once it's stuck in your head, believe me! As soon as I can, I'll buy the entire album.
Raiden - 09.10.2009 at 10:13  
As good as the album may be, there's no excuse for that Heaven Is A Place On Earth cover
Ellrohir - 09.10.2009 at 15:53  
Whats wrong with that?
Ozman - 09.10.2009 at 19:21  
Written by Ellrohir on 09.10.2009 at 15:53

Whats wrong with that?


The original song itself is just god awful. Hell, it is so extremely bad I even prefer this cover to the original.
You know the saying: "Shit in, shit out."? Well, this is a severe case of diarrhea in, a turd out.
Ellrohir - 10.10.2009 at 08:33  
Orginal "Heaven Is A Place On Earth" is god awful? what are nowadays pop/r'n'b songs played in radios then
Ozman - 10.10.2009 at 14:51  
Written by Ellrohir on 10.10.2009 at 08:33

Orginal "Heaven Is A Place On Earth" is god awful? what are nowadays pop/r'n'b songs played in radios then


Just as crap.
Ernis - 10.10.2009 at 19:03  
I think "Heaven Is A Place On Earth" is not crap....it's light, somewhat silly and uninteresting but Elvenking did make a fine cover of it.... if it's crap according to someone's taste then what can I do....nobody ever asked them to listen....

And well....there can be crappy pop and r'n'b songs just like there can be crappy metal songs and there can be brilliant pop songs just like brilliant metal songs....
Lord_Regnier - 10.10.2009 at 23:02  
The only album I heard from this band is "The Scythe" and it was god awful.
So sucky I'm not interested to check any other album from them.
Ernis - 11.10.2009 at 00:45  
Written by Lord_Regnier on 10.10.2009 at 23:02

The only album I heard from this band is "The Scythe" and it was god awful.
So sucky I'm not interested to check any other album from them.

Does it comfort you if I say that I dislike "The Scythe" too....I recommend trying the other albums because they are not at all like "The Scythe" and they are all a lot better.....
Lord_Regnier - 11.10.2009 at 01:27  
Written by Ernis on 11.10.2009 at 00:45

Written by Lord_Regnier on 10.10.2009 at 23:02

The only album I heard from this band is "The Scythe" and it was god awful.
So sucky I'm not interested to check any other album from them.

Does it comfort you if I say that I dislike "The Scythe" too....I recommend trying the other albums because they are not at all like "The Scythe" and they are all a lot better.....


So, it looks like I had the bad luck to come upon their worst album?
Ernis - 11.10.2009 at 15:51  
Written by Lord_Regnier on 11.10.2009 at 01:27

So, it looks like I had the bad luck to come upon their worst album?

Sad to say but....yes...it indeed looks like that...
Ellrohir - 12.10.2009 at 22:49  
Written by Lord_Regnier on 10.10.2009 at 23:02

The only album I heard from this band is "The Scythe" and it was god awful.

they are similar case to Edguy - in the "early era" they sound differently and way better...i agree The Scythe is crap and letdown...
Uirapuru - 09.12.2009 at 18:06  
Well, they have abondened the hated ''most power metal'' sound (that only I seem to like ) but this album is a pretty good one.
Sulac - 28.12.2010 at 03:46  
Refreshing. I like their vocalist a lot.

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