Italian folk/power metal band ELVENKING will enter Piranha studios in Karsdolf, Germany on Saturday, March 20 with producer Dennis Ward (ANGRA, PINK CREAM 69, PRIMAL FEAR) to begin recording their new album for a late 2010 release. Mat Sinner (PRIMAL FEAR, SINNER) will executive-produce the CD, which is tentatively due in September. Guitarist Aydan states, "Zender cannot wait to hit hard on his drums to lay down the basis for all the new songs.
"We have 11 new tracks to lay down and we are extremely excited about the new material and really curious to see it developed in the final form and to hear how it will sound in the end."
In a recent interview, ELVENKING vocalist Damnagoras stated about the band's new material, "This album won't be based on any specific topic at all. This time all lyrics will be separate as it was in the past. Talking about the direction of the music and the songs… it's pretty difficult, you know. Of course there are some typical ELVENKING songs — but with something new, as usual. As we always say, with each album we want to make something new, something fresh, and I think these songs go along these lines. You see, you'll know there's ELVENKING playing 'cause there's the melody, there's the violin and all this stuff, but it's something new again and I think it's something between what we made on 'The Scythe' and what we made on the 'Two Tragedy Poets' acoustic album."
ELVENKING last fall announced the addition of session violin player Lethien to the group's ranks.
Back in September, 2007, ELVENKING explained that Elyghen had temporarily moved to Ireland for working reasons. They emphasized that he wasn't leaving the band 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.
ELVENKING released an acoustic album, "Two Tragedy Poets (...And A Caravan Of Weird Figures)", in Europe on November 14, 2008 via AFM Records. The CD was issued in digipack and jewel case formats.
ELVENKING's last "electric" album, "The Scythe", was released in Europe in September 2007 via AFM Records.
The band's video for the song "The Divided Heart" can be viewed below. The clip was shot with director Mirco Andreis (ELDRITCH, MACBETH, DISARMONIA MUNDI).
"The Scythe" was mixed at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland. The mastering took place at Finnvox Studios with Mika Jussila and Nino Laurenne.