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The Winter Wake

ElvenkingAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 21, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Candlelight
  • ASIN: B000EHT5JQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #660,156 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Trows Kind
2. Swallowtail
3. The Winter Wake
4. The Wanderer
5. March of Fools
6. On the Morning Dew
7. Devil's Garriage
8. Rats Are Following
9. Rouse Your Dreams
10. Neverending Nights
11. Disillusion's Reel

Editorial Reviews

The Winter's Wake finds the return of Italy's widely popular Elvenking. Following the success of previous albums Heathenreel and Wyrd, the new album was recorded in Italy and mixed at Timo Tolkki (Stratovarious)- owned Sonic Pump Studios in Finland. Once again showcasing Elvenking's fresh and original sound, fusing enchanting melodies, heavy metal groove, catchy choruses and acoustic elements, The Winter's Wake finds further enrichment via the band's new line-up. The album finds more than ever a mature sound in what the band feels is their best material to date. Candlelight. 2006.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is FINE, FINE, power/folk metal! August 30, 2006
By k93
Format:Audio CD
Wow that is crazy, the last 2 Elvenking albums (Heathenreel and Wyrd) got 5 stars each, but why only 3 for this! Out of fairness, I had to put a 5 star review in here, cause two haters should not bring down this album's whole rating!

And now, on to the review. For those not familiar with Elvenking: this band is NOT like Finntroll. I love Finntroll, but I love a lot of other metal too. If you only like folk metal that has a lot of death and/or black mixed in, you will NOT like this. Don't buy it. However, if you like lighter folk metal (e.g. Korpiklaani, Skyclad, Otyg, later Cruachan, and the like) and *especially* if you also like power metal, then you will LOVE this. If you hate power metal, then don't buy it, because there's a fair amount of power influence in this band. If you don't mind power metal, give it a try. This is not very harsh stuff; but it is beautiful and absolutely excellent musicianship.

For those who are already familiar with their earlier albums Heathenreel and/or Wyrd, if you enjoy those albums, then you will like this one! It continues along the same vein, no significant musical changes to my ears.

Other points: the extra making of video is not that great, but it doesn't matter, the music itself is what you want to get this disc for. Also, whoever wrote the tracklisting made some mistakes. Most notably, track 12 is not "Penny's Rebel" but "Penny Dreadful", which is a quite good cover of the Skyclad song of the same name.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Album Seems To Be Very Underated! March 25, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Ok, I've been a fan of Elvenking for some time now. I love the Heathenreal album and Wyrd is great too. I would give both of those albums easily just under five stars each. I drop by Amazon after getting Winter's Wake to see what everyone else was saying about it and couldn't believe my eyes. Three stars? That's it? Something must have gone wrong here! First of all, the album is beyond excellent. Elvenking as always are nothing short of brilliant. Some of the earlier reviews on this album gave it a single star, I'm gonna have to cry foul. Anyone who would give this CD just a single star must have some sort of an agenda or something. The album is great, the musicianship is top notch. I couldn't imagine those earlier reviewers being big fans of the genre. I think it is more likely they were let down by their misguided expectations. Let's be honest here, yes this is folk oriented metal, it's heavy at times, light at others, and very power metal influenced. If you're expecting a lot of death flavor you won't find it here. What you will find is a great power metal band, with strong folk elements, and a little shamanic spirituality at times. Elvenking for the most part, has an uplifting sound and alot of toe tapping beats. Bottomline, if your a fan of bands like Blind Guardian, Rhapsody, Angra, Korpiklaani, or Pagans Mind, this band might just be for you. If you liked any of Elvenkings previous album, I don't think you will be let down here either. It's quite rare to find an album that actually deserves one star, just as it is rare to find an album wich is worth five. This album is at least 4.5 stars, I would normally round down, but because of the earlier seemingly biased reviews I felt compelled to give Elvenking a bit of extra credit. Anyway, check it out for yourself and enjoy!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed But Not Bad April 21, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I saw the other reviews and there seems to be a love hate thing going with these guys. I must say that I actually like them despite one problem that has been bugging me since the first listen.

The vocals are not quite up to par. First off, the singer has a great voice and the harmonies are really great. However, the vocals seem to be buried in the mix, relegated to articulated vocal noises. Now I will be the first one to tell you I don't listen to the words or really care much what they are singing about. But with power metal vocals, you would expect to at least understand most of what the guy is singing. This is not the case. His rapid fire delivery of complex lyrics is unintelligible for the most part. I was sitting in line at the gas station and decided to try and follow one of the songs with the lyrics in the booklet while I was waiting. Well, besides the rapid fire delivery, the singer only marginally follows the lyrics!

I do have some favorites off the album and once I got over the vocal problem, I realized that I actually like this album quite well. If they fixed the vocals, I think this album would be an outstanding example of Pagan/folk power metal. I do not mean to fire the singer. Just push the vocals a little more up front in the mix and slow down the lyric delivery! Elvenking, you got something special here. A few minor changes will step you up to a whole new level.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elvenking - The Winter Wake June 12, 2008
Format:Audio CD
"The Winter Wake" (2006) is the third album from Italian folk/power metal band Elvenking. Elvenking, as usual, does a good job with the folk elements, including flutes, strings, and acoustic guitars, and it makes the music interesting. There's a nice variety of songs.

Elvenking's one weakness is their lead singer, who has impressive versatility but a raspy, pretty un-melodic voice that one might expect on a punk or alternative rock album.

Overall, this is a very solid power metal album with a strong folk element. Highlights include "Trow's Kind," "Swallowtail," and "Rouse Your Dreams."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Another impressive power/folk metal album from Elvenking
2006's The Winter Wake was the third album from Italian power/folk metal band Elvenking, and it marked the return of original vocalist Damnagoras to the band. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Justin G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvenking: The Winter Wake
An amazing album from start to finish. Every song shines, and all stand alone amazingly well. Any fan of Elvenking should have this in their collection.
Published on June 5, 2012 by Jared
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent diverse album!
I don't understand the "nay sayers" about this album. Their reasoning seems unclear. They seems biased at worse... blurred at best. Read more
Published on February 14, 2011 by Z'annae
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb metal with a fok flare
This CD takes a few listens...but then you can't put it away. I highly recommend this. Each song packs a punch and has a great groove that makes your head bang involuntarily. Read more
Published on November 27, 2009 by D. Satterlee
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album - but track listing is wrong!
This is a great album, excellent folk metal. I really enjoy the prominent use of the fiddle, gives it a lot of character. Read more
Published on July 26, 2006 by Dahnlor Wiffingblade
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvenking=A nice breath of fresh air!
It's been awhile since I've encountered a good quality band such as Elvenking. Their music is invigorating, natural, and a great blend of many instruments. Read more
Published on May 6, 2006 by Chris Steines
1.0 out of 5 stars elvenking loves jesus
i was once a lover of weak sauce stupid music that insulted the inteligence of the mass public in general. i would have loved this album then. Read more
Published on April 20, 2006 by trogzilla
5.0 out of 5 stars wow the other guy is wrong!
okay for the guy , who wrote the other review, you are DEAD WRONG, what the hell kind of music do you like? Read more
Published on April 16, 2006 by Rhonda Florio
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Amazing
This album really is the best folk metal album I've ever heard, and I would highly reccomend it to anyone into bands such as Finntroll or Korpiklanni, but I'm not going to get into... Read more
Published on April 12, 2006 by S. Faulk
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