Elvenking的成员打算将强力金属和民间音乐融合在一起。在通过多次演出获得经验之后，乐队决定录制一张促销专辑《To Oak Woods Bestowed》，在2000年，Damnagoras表演了主唱和贝斯，并随后随着Sargon离开乐队而举行了音乐会。该演示非常成功，使得Elvenking与德国唱片公司AFM Records签订了合同。
第一张完整的专辑Heathenreel由Luigi Stefanini在New Sin Audio Design录制，并由Fredrik Nordstrom在Fredman Studios混合。封面艺术品由Travis Smith创作，乐队徽标由JP Fournier设计，后者还为Avantasia和Immortal设计封面。该专辑于2001年7月23日发行，并受到了全球金属评论家的好评。随后Elvenking在欧洲的音乐节上巡回演出，包括盲人卫报，Gamma Ray，Edguy和Virgin Steele等流行的金属表演。
2002年8月，由于健康问题，歌手Damnagoras离开了乐队。随后，Elvenking招募了一位新歌手Kleid，他重新振兴了乐队的民间音乐精神。小提琴手兼键盘手Elyghen不久后加入。阵容的转变导致他们的第二张专辑Wyrd与Martin Buchwalter 在Siegburg的 Gernhart工作室录制，并与Achim Kolher在House音乐工作室混音和掌握，并于2004年4月19日发行。
2009年1月14日，乐队宣布增加新吉他手Raffaello“ Rafahel” Indri。在被任命为常任理事之前，拉斐尔已经在乐队中演出了两年。
2010年2月9日，宣布丹尼斯·沃德（Dennis Ward）将制作Elvenking的新专辑，由麦特·辛纳（Mat Sinner）担任执行制作人。录音从3月20日开始。这张名为Red Silent Tides的专辑分别于9月17日在欧洲和11月9日在北美发行。
Red Silent Tides发行后，乐队开始了整个欧洲巡回演唱会，以支持专辑。这次巡演的一部分是花在支持德国强金属乐队Primal Fear。
Elvenking于2014年5月9日在英国和2014年5月27日在英国发行了他们的第八张录音室专辑，名为《异教徒宣言》。第一首单曲Elvenlegions在Soundcloud发行，是对歌迷的奉献。该歌曲的伴随音乐视频在4月下旬发行。专辑标志着乐队前两张专辑的民谣/力量金属声音的回归。歌曲“ The King Of The Elves”包含“ White Willow”的混音，这是他们第一张专辑Heathenreel的歌曲，同时还回顾了该歌曲的一些抒情诗。曲目大约长13分钟，是Elvenking目录中最长的曲目。
2017年10月5日发行了即将发行的专辑《 Draugen’s Maelstrom》的官方歌词视频。2017年11月10日，Elvenking发行了他们的第9张录音室专辑，名为Magick Grimoire的秘密， Symohn被鼓中的Lancs取代。
主唱Damna列出了他最喜欢的乐队和音乐家：“从金属到流行音乐的所有音乐都令我耳目一新。我最喜欢的艺术家有Kiss，Iron Maiden，Guns N’Roses，Queen，MötleyCrüe，Marilyn Manson，Aerosmith，In Flames，铁杆巨星，Dimmu Borgir，Rob Zombie，Michael Jackson，解剖，冰土，Pantera，周三13，Bon Jovi，活结，Nickelback，Stone Sour，Lady Gaga，Sixx AM，Cannibal尸体，Papa Roach，Buckcherry，Madonna，Cradle of Filth，King Diamond，Mercyful Fate，Skid Row等。”
Elvenking is a heavy metal band from Sacile, Italy. As of 2019, they have released one demo and ten full-length studio albums. Elvenking’s music draws their inspiration from very different genres such as metal, folk, hard rock, pop, prog and classical music.
The origins (1997–2000)
Elvenking was formed in late October 1997 by two guitarist friends, Aydan and Jarpen, both sharing a passion for heavy metal music and folklore. Although they were soon joined by Sargon as bassist, the young band faced many issues with its line-up that prevented them from progressing. In March 1998, Damnagoras joined the band as a lead singer, and was followed by the arrival of the drummer Zender in September. It was only then that the band found a definite stability.
The members of Elvenking intended to create a fusion of power metal and folk music. After gaining experience through many shows, the band decided to record a promotional album, To Oak Woods Bestowed, in 2000. Damnagoras performed both lead vocals and bass for the recording and subsequent concerts as Sargon previously left the band. The demo was successful enough to allow Elvenking to sign a contract with German label AFM Records.
Soon after, Gorlan, a friend of Aydan and Jarpen, fully joined as a bassist. He had appeared before as a session player.
First six albums (2001–2010)
The first full-length album Heathenreel was recorded at New Sin Audio Design by Luigi Stefanini and mixed at Fredman Studios by Fredrik Nordstrom. The cover artwork was created by Travis Smith and the band logo was designed by J.P. Fournier, who also designed covers for Avantasia and Immortal. The album was released on July 23, 2001 and received praise from metal critics around the world. Elvenking then toured around Europe at festivals with popular power metal acts including Blind Guardian, Gamma Ray, Edguy and Virgin Steele.
In August 2002 singer Damnagoras took leave from the band due to health concerns. Elvenking then recruited a new vocalist, Kleid, who revitalized the spirit of folk music within the band. Elyghen, a violinist and keyboard player, joined soon after. The shift in the line-up led to their second album, Wyrd, recorded at Gernhart studios in Siegburg with Martin Buchwalter, and mixed & mastered at House of music studios with Achim Kolher and released on April 19, 2004.
In late 2004 Damnagoras returned, taking the place of Kleid, and Elvenking began working on their third album, The Winter Wake.
On February 4, 2005, founding guitarist Jarpen left Elvenking. Aydan commented:
“Jarpen didn’t feel comfortable playing Elvenking’s music anymore having lost passion in this kind of stuff. It was a long time he was talking with us about and when Damna was back in, knowing the direction we wanted to go, he told us his willing to leave. We have tried to convince him to give it a try but it did not work out.
It’s a really sad thing because Jarpen was one of the founding members and we have created all this from the beginning together, but on the other hand being friends before musicians we know that this is what Jarpen wanted and we totally respect his decision.
We will miss you, friend!”
The Winter Wake was released and premiered live on March 11, 2006 in Pordenone, Italy.
On November 3, 2006, a new album was announced to be in the works according to the official website; The Scythe was released on September 14, 2007.
On April 14, 2008, the band announced that they were beginning work on the next album and that it would be a “totally acoustic album”. In a later post the band explained that while they viewed this new album as a chance to explore their folk influences it would also be a chance for them to experiment in new areas as well. It was also added that they already had some material written for a “heavy” album; however, this album would wait until after the acoustic album was released.
On January 14, 2009, the band announced the addition of a new guitarist, Raffaello “Rafahel” Indri. Rafahel had played live with the band for two years before being added as a permanent member.
On September 29, 2009 the band. announced Lethien to be their new live violin player. Lethien would also take Elyghen’s place in the rehearsal room until the latter’s return to Italy.
On February 9, 2010 it was announced that Dennis Ward would be producing Elvenking’s new album, with Mat Sinner taking the role of executive producer. The recordings started on March 20. The album, called Red Silent Tides, was released on September 17 in Europe, and November 9 in North America.
After the release of Red Silent Tides, the band started a full European tour to support the album. Part of this tour was spent supporting German power metal band Primal Fear.
Era and The Pagan Manifesto (2011–Present)
In early 2011, drummer Zender left the band and was replaced by Symohn. Recording for a new album began early the next year. Era was released in September 2012 and saw the band return more to their pagan roots with more prevalent folk elements meshing with their traditional heavy metal sound.
Elvenking released their 8th studio album titled the Pagan Manifesto on May 9, 2014 in the U.K. and on May 27, 2014 in the U.S., with the same line-up intact from their previous effort. The first single, Elvenlegions, was released on Soundcloud and is a dedication to the fans. An accompanying music video for the song was released in late April. The album marks a return to the folk/power metal sound of the band’s first two albums. The song “King Of The Elves” contains a medley of “White Willow”, a song from their first album, Heathenreel, as well as revisiting some familiar lyrical lines of the song. The track is roughly 13 minutes long, the longest in the Elvenking catalog.
In September 2014, Elvenking’s Website launched a fan poll asking fans to vote for songs for the band to perform live during the next leg of the band’s “Pagan Manifestour”. The top three most voted songs by the fans were “Chronicle of a Frozen Era”, “Poison Tears”, and “White Willow”.
The official lyric video for “Draugen’s Maelstrom” on their upcoming album was released on October 5, 2017. On November 10, 2017, Elvenking released their 9th studio album titled Secrets of the Magick Grimoire with Symohn being replaced by Lancs on drums.
On 30 August 2019, the band published their tenth studio album titled “Reader of the Runes – Divination”. The concept album features eight different characters whose destiny is shaped by the Reader of the Runes.
Elvenking has declared itself to be a band highly influenced by folk music and dances from all over the world, but especially from all the metal scene and from “any other cool stuff may it be pop, punk or whatever”. Amongst the most influential bands on Elvenking’s style is Skyclad.
Damna, the lead singer, lists his favorite bands and musicians as “Everything that’s cool to my ears from metal to pop music. Some of my favourite artists are Kiss, Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, Queen, Mötley Crüe, Marilyn Manson, Aerosmith, In Flames, Hardcore Superstar, Dimmu Borgir, Rob Zombie, Michael Jackson, Dissection, Iced Earth, Pantera, Wednesday 13, Bon Jovi, Slipknot, Nickelback, Stone Sour, Lady Gaga, Sixx AM, Cannibal Corpse, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Madonna, Cradle of Filth, King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Skid Row, etc.”
Aydan, lists his favorite bands and musicians as “Helloween, Skyclad, Children of Bodom, Nightwish, Iron Maiden, Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Dark Tranquillity, Cradle of Filth, Candlemass, My Dying Bride, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Simple Plan, Queen, Angels & Airwaves, etc.”
2001 – Heathenreel
2004 – Wyrd
2006 – The Winter Wake
2007 – The Scythe (Limited Edition)
2008 – Two Tragedy Poets and a Caravan of Weird Figures
2010 – Red Silent Tides (2CD)
2012 – Era (Deluxe Edition)
2014 – The Pagan Manifesto (Ltd.Ed.)
2015 – The Night Of Nights – Live (2CD)
2017 – Secrets of the Magick Grimoire (Japan, 2CD)
2019 – Reader Of The Runes – Divination