ELVENKING – Reader Of The Runes – Rapture

ELVENKING - Reader Of The Runes - Rapture album art
  • 6.8/10
    ELVENKING - Reader of the Runes - Rapture - 6.8/10


Label: AFM Records
Release date: April 23, 2023

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Elvenking is a Folk Power Metal band hailing from Italy, known for their unique blend of melodic hooks, intricate instrumentation, and fantasy-inspired lyrics. Their latest album, Reader of the Runes – Rapture, released in 2023, is a continuation of the band’s signature sound.

Reader Of The Runes – Rapture

The album kicks off with the energetic and upbeat “Rapture,” which immediately sets the tone for what’s to come. The track features catchy guitar riffs, driving drums, and melodic vocals, with their signature style on an epic opening track that grabs the listener’s attention from the beginning.

From there, the album takes the you on a journey through the mystical world of Elvenking’s imagination, with tracks like “To The North” and “Incantations” offering a glimpse into the band’s fascination with paganism and ancient lore. The use of traditional instruments like the fiddle and Folksy guitar riffs add a layer of authenticity to the overall sound, creating a seamless blend of Folk and Metal that Elvenking is known for.

One of the best songs on the entire album is “An Autumn Reverie,” a slow-building song that showcases the band’s ability to create an anthemic track that will stick in the listener’s head long after hearing it. As one of the last songs on the album, it’s a great way to finish strong and keep people humming songs in their head all day.

This record, Reader of the Runes – Rapture is a strong addition to Elvenking’s discography, offering a cohesive and engaging listening experience that showcases the band’s strengths. The album’s production is top-notch, with each instrument and vocal mixed perfectly, creating a dynamic and immersive sonic landscape.

However, one potential criticism of the album is that it can feel a bit formulaic at times. While Elvenking’s signature sound is undoubtedly unique, some tracks on the album can feel a bit too similar to each other, with similar chord progressions and melodic motifs being repeated throughout. While this isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker, it can make the album feel a bit predictable in places.

That being said, the album’s strengths far outweigh any potential weaknesses. Elvenking has once again proven that they are masters of their craft, delivering an album that is both musically impressive and emotionally resonant. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of the band or just a casual listener of the Folk Power Metal genre, Reader of the Runes – Rapture is an album that is well worth your time.


Overall, Elvenking’s Reader of the Runes – Rapture is a fantastic addition to the band’s discography, offering a rich and immersive listening experience that will undoubtedly please their many fans. While it can feel a bit formulaic at times, the album’s strengths more than make up for any potential weaknesses, and it stands as a testament to the band’s continued relevance and creativity in the ever-evolving world of Metal music. If you’re a fan of Elvenking or Folk and Power Metal in general, this album is a must-listen.

Band Members

Damna – Vocals
Aydan – Guitars
Headmatt – Guitars
Lethen – Violin
Jakob – Bass
Symohn – Drums


  1. Rapture
  2. The Hanging Tree
  3. Bride of Night
  4. Herdchant
  5. The Cursed Cavalier
  6. To The North
  7. Covenant
  8. Red Mist
  9. Incantations
  10. An Autumn Reverie
  11. The Repentant


  • Jon Harvey

    Jon is a reviewer at Metal Express Radio and is currently living in Wisconsin, USA. The first thing that made Jon fall in love with Metal goes all the way back to the glory days of MTV actually playing music. Alice in Chains, "Man in the Box" came on and the channel was automatically banned by family. It sparked a curiosity for the music instead of turning him away from it. Things only progressed from there. Suicidal Tendencies, Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth, all the heavier stuff from the late '80s and early '90s were always in rotation. Aside from loving all things Metal, Jon also runs a skateshop in his hometown and is trying to get the scene stronger than ever.

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