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Elvenking: Red Silent Tides

Red Silent Tides is the follow up to 2007's The Scythe (discounting 2009's acoustic outing Two Tragedy Poets (...and a Caravan of Weird Figures) which to be fair didn't float the boat of every reviewer although like all Elvenking's output I found it very enjoyable. This is also exactly how I feel about Red Silent Tides. As long time followers of the band would expect Red Silent Tides is as catchy as man flu and full of thunderous riffs. I'd suggest that this is less folky than the rest of their oeuvre and more straight forwardly metal for the most part. Arguably, it's their heaviest album to date.

Red Silent Tides is a very solid record and if you've never bothered with Elvenking previously it's as good a place as any to introduce yourself to the band and if you're a lapsed fan you'll like this more than their recent outings.

Track Listing:
01. Dawnmelting
02. The Last Hour
03. Silence De Mort
04. The Cabal
05. Runereader
06. Possession
07. Your Heroes Are Dead
08. Those Days
09. This Nightmare Will Never End
10. What's Left Of Me
11. The Play Of The Leaves

Added: February 26th 2011
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2124
Language: english

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Elvenking: Red Silent Tides
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2011-02-26 08:12:12
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It seems as if the whole 'folk metal' thing is somewhat trendy at the moment, so it's kind of nice to see Elvenking move a little bit away from that style on their latest Red Silent Tides. This is very accessible, catchy, heavy metal, littered with soaring melodies, crunchy guitar work, and little bits of violin & keyboards to allow the band to keep one foot in the folk camp. Many of the songs here just stick in your head like glue, especially "The Last Hour", "Silence De Mort", "The Cabal", "Runereader", and the unforgettable "Your Heroes Are Dead". A tune like "Those Days" has hooks aplenty, and has 'hit single' written all over it.

There are so many elements of Red Silent Tides that would and should appeal to a wider audience. If you are a fan of modern metal, power metal, progressive metal, and yes, folk metal, you'll have a lot to sink your teeth into on this one. AFM should be pushing this band to the moon.

Oh yeah, and cool cover art to boot!

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