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Elvenking: The Pagan Manifesto

The Pagan Manifesto is the follow up to 2012's Era album and builds upon the momentum (or regains lost ground depending upon your view of that particular record)and again shows new sides and facets of the band. "King of the Elves" features Amanda Somerville (Avantasia, Kiske/Somerville) on guest vocals and as vocalist Damna explains, "This album is not just a collection of songs, it's a piece of life - our fan's and ours. It unites music, lyrics and spirit. It is our manifesto, and I never felt like this about one of our albums before". It's interesting that he should say that as far as my ears are concerned the strength and weakness of this album is that sounds very much like Elvenking.

I very much like the band, they make happy folk metal designed to make one punch the air and sing along and have a good time and in a song such as "Moonbeam Stone Circle" they have succeeded in all three of those pre-requisites for an Elvenking classic. Yes. At times they veer towards sounding like Skyclad but when they get it right (The Solitaire) they are a formidable force. The fact the they play a very niche genre will still keep them within their own little musical ghetto rather than on whatever passes for the mainstream these days but this is another very sound addition to their catalogue.

Track listing:
1. The Manifesto
2. King of the Elves
3. Elvenlegions
4. The Druid Ritual of Oak
5. Moonbeam Stone Circle
6. The Solitaire
7. Towards The Shores
8. Pagan Revolution
9. Grandier's Funeral Pyre
10. Twilight of Magic
11. Black Roses for the Wicked One
12. Witches Gather

Added: June 24th 2014
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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Elvenking: The Pagan Manifesto
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2014-06-24 14:08:54
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I'm generally hit or miss when it comes to this whole folk metal thing, but Elvenking usually throw enough interesting elements into their music to keep my attention longer than normal. The Pagan Manifesto is another fine example of their brand of upbeat power metal with symphonic flourishes & folk textures, and though many might say that there are no real surprises here, it's a fun album nonetheless. "King of the Elves" is damn addicting, and "Elvenlegions" has enough proggy elements, not mention fist pumping vocal sections, to get any fan of adventurous, melodic metal into the fray. Sure, the lyrical content is strictly for all those cellar dwellers who can't get enough J.R.R. Tolkien or other similar fantasy book series', and it can be argued that there is a huge 'cheese' factor going on, but the band makes the music intricate enough that you almost have to overlook all that. The whole package is adorned with some fantastic artwork (as always) and comes with a booklet packed with lyrics, more artwork, and photos. Have some fun with this won't regret it!

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