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Formed: 1997
From: Sacile, Italy
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Elvenking News

Below is our complete Elvenking news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Elvenking Announces Spring Tour Dates

Italian metal band, Elvenking, have announced the following spring tour dates:

03/22 - Thunderoad – Codevilla - PV (IT) – Secret Sphere 10 years party
03/27 - The rock Temple - Kerkrake (NL)
03/28 - Treibsand, Lubeck (DE)
04/10 - Stonehenge, Arcole - VE (IT)
04/16 - Pit’s Kneipe, Hachenburg (DE)
04/17 - Metal Inferno Festival, Paderborn (DE)
05/29 - Exit Chmelnice Music Hall, Prague (CZ)
05/30 - Faval Music Circus, Brno (CZ)
08/13-15 – Summer Breeze festival, Dinkelsbuehl (DE)

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Additional Bands Confirmed For Summer Breeze 2009

Three more bands have been confirmed for the 2009 Summer Breeze Open Air Festival, which will take place in Germany. The new additions are Elvenking, God Dethroned, and Unearth. A listing of the other bands previously confirmed can be viewed below. More...

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Elvenking Announces Second Guitarist

Italian power metallers, Elvenking, have issued the following update regarding the addition of guitarist Raffaello "Rafahel" Indri:

"We are happy and excited to have Rafahel on board with us. We have been playing with him for more than a year now, and we decided to make his role official inside ELVENKING. We’re sure that Rafahel's amazing guitar technique and masterdom will be a great weapon to take advantage of in the songwriting of the next EK album."

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Elvenking Song To Be Featured In An Upcoming Movie

Italian power metal band Elvenking has issued the following statement:

"A new instrumental and orchestral version of the song “Rouse your dream” has been recorded for the movie “Little Black Dress” (where the original “The winter wake” ’s version of the song will also be included as main theme, as you already know). Australian director Fredric Noah needed more music to be featured in the movie and asked for something around the “Rouse your dream” melodies, so the new song version has been recorded to be featured in the film’s soundtrack."

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Elvenking To Release New Acoustic Album

"Two Tragedy Poets (...And A Caravan Of Weird Figures)" is the name of Elvenking's new acoustic album. It will be released in digipak and jewel case editions and will be preceded by an online single. The release date is set for November 14th for Europe while the dates for the other countries will be announced soon.

The album's tracklisting is as follows:

The Caravan Of Weird Figures
Another Awful Hobs Tale
From Blood To Stone
Ask A Silly Question
She Lives At Dawn
The Winter Wake (acoustic version)
Heaven Is A Place On Earth
My Own Spider's Web
Not My Final Song
The Blackest Of My Hearts
The Wanderer (acoustic version) - digipack bonus track
Miss Conception
My Little Moon

The online single tracklist (available from November 1st) is as follows:

From Blood To Stone
The Perpetual Knot (acoustic version) - exclusive non-album track
The Winter Wake (acoustic version)

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Elvenking to Record Acoustic Album

Italian power metallers, Elvenking, issue the following update on their website:

"Hello everybody!"

"It's been a while since the release of our last album 'The Scythe,' which moved a whirlwind of different reactions on the metal crowd (thing that we love so much ) and is growing as a great success for this band."

"Now we'd like to announce that Elvenking are working on a brand new exciting project. The next release from Elvenking will be another great challenge, something that once again will create curiosity: a totally acoustic album." More...

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Elvenking Announce More Tour Dates

Italian folk metallers ELVENKING have scheduled the following tour dates:

Mar. 01 - Mozzate, Italy - Motorock AS (w/ OVERTURES)
Apr. 19 - Prato, Italy - Siddharta
Jun. 20 - Moraro, Italy - Morarock 2008 (w/ VISION DIVINE)
Sep. 26 - Atlanta, GA - ProgPower USA IX

ELVENKING's new album, "The Scythe", was released in Europe in September 2007 via AFM Records.

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Elvenking Violinist/Bassist Elyghen To Rejoin Band

Back in September, 2007, Italian metallers ELVENKING explained that Elyghen (violinist/keyboardist) had temporarily moved to Ireland for working reasons. They emphasized that he wasn't leaving the band permanently, and that Eleonora (the girl who had played the violin in the quartet that performed on Elvenking albums) would help the band out on live dates that Elyghen couldn't be present for.

The band have issued the following update:

"Elvenking will be playing in Verona (Italy) with Elyghen!" More...

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Watch Elvenking's 'The Divided Heart' Video Online

Italian folk/power metal band ELVENKING has released the video for its song "The Divided Heart". The clip was shot with director Mirco Andreis (ELDRITCH, MACBETH, DISARMONIA MUNDI). Watch the video below.

"The Divided Heart" comes off ELVENKING's new CD, "The Scythe", due in Europe on September 14 via AFM Records. The album 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.

"The Scythe" track listing:

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 (digipack bonus track)
09. Totentanz
10. Death and the Suffering
11. Dominhate More...

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Elvenking Postpone Perugia Gig

Italian folk metallers ELVENKING have issued the following update:

"The gig that should've taken place in Perugia, May 26th, has been canceled for reasons that affected the venue which had to host the event. The gig will most probably be postponed to September, at the same venue, but nothing's confirmed yet. Keep on visiting these pages for news."

Elvenking recently finished recording their new album and are in Helsinki, Finland mixing at Sonic Pump Studios. Swedish heavy metal legend Mike Wead (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, FIREGOD, ABSTRAKT ALGEBRA, CANDLEMASS) will guest on Elvenking's as-yet-untitled new album, to be released this fall.

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King Diamond Guitarist Guests On Elvenking Album

Swedish guitar hero Mike Wead (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, FIREGOD, ABSTRAKT ALGEBRA) will guest on the new album from the Italian folk/power metal band ELVENKING, to be released this fall via AFM Records. Wead will provide solos on two tracks.

Commented the band: "It's an honour to have Mike soloing on our songs. It's always amazing having one of your heroes playing in your album. And the leads he played are amazing - pure guitar art!"

ELVENKING released its third album, "The Winter Wake", in Europe in January 2006 via AFM Records. The CD was issued in the U.S. in March. The follow-up to 2004's "Wyrd" was recorded at Sherpa Studios (Italy), mixed at Sonic Pump Studios by Nino Laurenne and was mastered at Finnvox Studios by Mika Jussilla.

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Elvenking Singer Promises 'Surprise' For Fans

Vocalist Damnagoras of the Italian folk/power metal band ELVENKING has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"We all have returned from our summer holidays and we wanted to write a couple of lines here on the website. Very soon we will post an official statement about our upcoming new album! But in the meantime we can tell that we are working very hard on the pre-production phase. We also wanted to [remind you] that we'll play at Ragnarok Festival in Scotland, the 4th of November and that we'll headline a night at Velvet Rock Club in Italy, the 28th of October (more infos about this gig in the next days). For these live dates we will have a little surprise for the fans!"

ELVENKING released their third album, "The Winter Wake", in Europe in January via AFM Records. The CD was issued in the U.S. in March. The follow-up to 2004's "Wyrd" was recorded at Sherpa Studios (Italy), mixed at Sonic Pump Studios by Nino Laurenne and was mastered at Finnvox Studios by Mika Jussilla.

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Kalmah and Others Added to Ragnorak Metalfest

Metalism UK is proud to announce the following additions to it's inaugural RAGNAROK UK METALFEST 2006 lineup.

Astral Doors from Sweden, Circus Maximus from Norway and Kalmah from Finland have been confirmed.

The full lineup for the festival thus far is as follows:

Gamma Ray
Astral Doors
Circus Maximus
Headless Cross

There are still two slots to fill, both of which are the special guest slots directly under Gamma Ray so expect some big announcements in the very near future.

The Ragnarok UK Metalfest is set to take place on Saturday, November 4, 2006 at Perth Concert Hall in Central Scotland, UK.

It will feature a metal market, band signing sessions and much more including the preshow and aftershow parties.

The preshow is set for Friday, November 3, 2006 at The Doghouse in Dundee and will feature Skyclad, Pitiful Reign, Attica Reign, Neverwinter.

Tickets are priced at £35 for the main festival or £43 for the main festival + preshow ticket bundle.

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Elvenking Frontman Offers Update On Leprechaun

ELVENKING/LEPRECHAUN frontman Damnagoras has posted the following message on the LEPRECHAUN web site:

"Many things have happened in these 2 years. I got back with ELVENKING and I had a very busy period preparing the new album, then recording it and now preparing the tour for 'The Winter Wake'. Many have asked me what it's going to happen with LEPRECHAUN... many have said that I was going to give up this project and even my LEPRECHAUN bandmates are asking me what it's gonna happen. Actually the situation hasn't changed a lot... I mean, I've been very busy but in the meantime I've tried to search for a good label with which I want to release the album. At the moment I haven't found the right deal, but I'm gonna try harder. I think that the songs written for this album are really strong and they're especially part of a particular period of my life and I really want to release them sooner or later. If I can't find a good deal at this stage, I think that I will start thinking of getting LEPRECHAUN into a studio anyway and record the full length. Then, with the entire album in hand it will be easier. Anyway this project will get a release sooner or later for many reasons: 1) many fans are asking for it, 2) I want to have these songs on an album 'cause I really think they're worth it, 2) and I owe this to my band mates too: Francesco, Whisperwind and Enrico who are still supporting me and really believe in this project!"

To order a copy of LEPRECHAUN's demo CD, "The Ultimate Dance", visit www.leprechaun.it.

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Elvenking Confirmed For Germany's Dong Open Air

Italian folk/power metal band ELVENKING have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Dong Open Air festival, set to take place July 15-16 in Neukirchen-Vluyn, near Krefeld, Germany. Also set to appear are German thrashers DELIRIOUS.

The Dong crew is still looking for high quality "underground" metal, rock and folk bands from Germany and neighboring countries (France, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, etc.) to play this year's festival. More information is available at www.dongopenair.de.

ELVENKING, who were recently rejoined by singer Damnagoras, have completed the songwriting process for their upcoming third album and are now finalizing the last details concerning the recordings, mixing and mastering phases. Recordings for the follow-up to 2004's "Wyrd" will begin in February for a tentative late summer release through Germany's AFM Records.

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Elvenking Comment On Singer Return To The Fold

Italian "pagan metal" band Elvenking have issued a statement confirming that they have been rejoined by singer Damnagoras.

Damnagoras left the band in August 2002 due to "health reasons" and was replaced by Kleid.

Commented Elvenking: "After the long wait, we can officially confirm Damnagoras' return in the band. The singer who left Elvenking two years ago has joined his fellows back in order to re-create the original heathen spirit and essence that bound every single member to each other. The band, after the release of their last album 'Wyrd' (recorded with a different singer, Kleid) entered a difficult period due to various reasons related to the musical direction to take, personal relations, business affairs, etc. Put in front of this situation, there was no choice for ELVENKING to keep on expressing themselves still being faithful to what the band was born for. Now that the original line-up is still together, things are going great and the songwriting process for the third album has been nearly completed!

"After the release of 'Wyrd' the contract between Elvenking and AFM Records was about to end, but following the amazing results both for sales and critcs of the two albums, we're happy to announce that the band and AFM will keep on working together also for the next one!"

The follow-up to 2001's "Heathenreel", "Wyrd" was recorded in three different studios, including the Gernhart facility in Siegburg, Germany and was mixed in December at House Of Music in Stuttgart, Germany with producer Achim Kohler (Primal Fear, Brainstorm). The cover artwork was painted by pagan artist Duncan Storr, who has previously worked with Skyclad and Rage, among others.

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Elvenking Singer Rejoins Band

Italian "pagan metal" band Elvenking have been rejoined by singer Damnagoras. Damnagoras left the band in August 2002 due to "health reasons" and was replaced by Kleid.

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