Elvenking - Heathenreel

8.3 | 183 votes |
Release date: 2001
Style: Folk metal, Power metal


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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
12. Penny Dreadful [Skyclad cover] [Japanese bonus]

Davide Moras - vocals
Jarpen - guitars, harsh vocals
Aydan - guitars
Zender - drums
Gorlan - bass

Session musicians
Christiano Bergamo - keyboards
Umberto Corazza - flute
Paolo Polesel - fiddle, viola

Guest musicians
Pauline Tacey - vocals, backing vocals
Laura DeLuca - vocals
Cristiano Bergamo - keyboards
Paolo Torresani - keyboards
Luigi Stefanini - guitars

Additional info
Recorded by Luigi Stefanini at New Sin Studios, Italy, March 2001
Mixed by Fredrick Nordstrom at Fredman Studio, Sweden, December 2001
Mastered by Goran Finnberg at the Mastering Room, Sweden, December 2001
Cover artwork by Travis Smith, for Seemipieces

Tracks 1, 3 and 7 are re-recordings of songs from the band's "To Oak Woods Bestowed" demo.

Staff review by
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.

published 26.10.2003 | Comments (2)

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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.

published 24.06.2006 | Comments (3)

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12.02.2015 - 18:23
Rating: 9
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Listening to this album again after many years, I can't help feeling nostalgic. Those were the days... Back then Elvenking's music sounded really fresh, inspired and interesting. Not to put the band down, but the latest albums of these Italian pagans inspire in me only boredom, while Heathenreel made me spend many a enjoyable evening being comfortable embraced by the sound waves and imagining the stories of the dwellers of the old oak woods...
My favourites: all of the tracks, not a single weak one.
"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"

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