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Release date: 14 September 2007
Style: Folk metal, Power metal


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01. The Scythe
02. Lost Hill Of Memories
03. Infection
04. Poison Tears
05. A Riddle Of Stars
06. Romance & Wrath
07. The Divided Heart
08. Horns Ablaze [Ltd. edition digipack bonus]
09. Totentanz
10. Death And The Suffering
11. Dominhate
12. The Open Beach [Japanese bonus]
+ The Divided Heart [video] [Ltd. edition digipack bonus]

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Power Metal
Label: AFM Records
Distribution in France (and to buy the album)
USA: 2007
Length: 55:19

Line-Up on the CD:
Vocals: Damnagoras
Guitars: Aydan
Bass: Gorlan
Keyboards, Violin: Elyghen
Drums: Zender

Guest Player:
Mike Wead - Guitar Solo On "The Scythe" & 2nd Solo On "A Riddle Of Stars"
Laura De Luca Female - Vocals On "Romance And Wrath" & "Dominhate"
Jared Shackleford - Poetry Of Death
Mauro Bortolani - Piano
Isabella Tuni - The Lady With The Scythe On "Romance And Wrath"
Laura De Luca, Pauline Tacey, Claudio Coassin & Aydan - Backing Vocals
Claudio Coassin, Damnagoras, Aydan & Jarpen - Scream & Growls

The String Quartet:
Eleonora Steffan - Violin
Valentina Mosca - Violin
Elyghen - Viola
Marco Balbinot - Cello

The CD was mixed at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland. The mastering took place on April 10 at Finnvox Studios with Mika Jussila and Nino Laurenne.

A video for the song "The Divided Heart" was shot with director Mirco Andreis (Eldritch, Macbeth, Disarmonia Mundi).

The digipack edition contains a bonus song called "Horns Ablaze" (04:23) between "The Divided Heart" and "Totentanz". The bonus track gets tracknumber 8, and the rest of the songs (8, 9, 10) move down one place (and thus become 9,10 and 11).

The Japanese version contains the bonus track 'The Open Breach' (04:56) as track #12. (Recorded during the sessions for the 'Winter Wake' album). 'Horns Ablaze' is also on the Japanese Edition of the album.

Staff review by

What's happening to Elvenking? Damn, with their previous release 'The Winter Wake' I was already a bit disappointed in comparison with their two first really good albums but unfortunately, the worst has come now with 'The Scythe'... Things must be said, Elvenking is not a Folk Metal band anymore and only play Power with some few Folk touches... That's sad...

published 22.10.2007 | Comments (26)

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AngelofDeth - 27.11.2011 at 20:17  
Rating: 10 The poppyness of this album can be a lil off putting but once you open your mind a tad its a fucking masterpiece. one of my fave albums of all time.
musicalkaratekid - 10.09.2014 at 20:40  
Rating: 7 The band were obviously trying something new here (i.e. the spoken word narrative intros to various songs and the inclusion of harsher vocals), but I still feel that it is overall a considerable weak record when put up against Elvenking's earlier material. In my opinion, the vocal delivery sounds worse here than on "The Winter Wake", and basically proves underwhelming when the instrumental performance is so solid. However, I welcome the aggression on tracks such as the title track and "Poison Tears", though the real standout song for me is "A Riddle of Stars".

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