Over 40 years of metal’s biological urge (and a hefty lack of restraint) has resulted in some incomprehensibly large catalogs. No one should have to listen to anywhere from 13 to 15 [Luca Turilli’s] Rhapsody [of Fire] albums just to get caught up for a new release. So each week (as required and/or able), we’re offering a selection of prime(r)(er) cuts to get you up to speed. Without further ado, welcome to…

Elvenking‘s tenth full length is just around the corner, so their colorful and diverse back catalog of folky alternative power metal makes them a prime primer candidate. The tracks in this playlist are those which I feel best represent the greatest strengths of their corresponding albums. Well, except for Wyrd and Era, where I pretty much just picked a favorite track because I feel those albums are particularly weak.”

Eldritch Elitist

  • Heathenreel, 2001
    – “The Regality Dance”
    – “Oakenshield”
  • Wyrd, 2004
    – “Jigsaw Puzzle”
  • The Winter Wake, 2006
    – “The Wanderer”
    – “On the Morning Dew”
  • The Scythe, 2007
    – “Romance & Wrath”
    – “Death and the Suffering”
  • Two Tragedy Poets (…and a Caravan of Weird Figures), 2008
    – “Another Awful Hobs Tale”
    – “Not My Final Song”
  • Red Silent Tides, 2010
    – “The Last Hour”
    – “Your Heroes Are Dead”
  • Era, 2012
    – “The Loser”
  • The Pagan Manifesto, 2014
    – “Moonbeam Stone Circle”
    – “Twilight of Magic”
  • Secrets of the Magick Grimoire, 2017
    – “Draugen’s Maelstrom”
    – “The Voynich Manuscript”

Elvenking‘s 10th album Reader of the Runes – Divination will be released on August 30th worldwide via AFM Records.


We’re all about equality at AMG Inc. Our legal department says we have to be, and it keeps the bowels of this place running smoothly. One person gets a playlist, then everyone wants a one, and soon there’s blood in the water cooler. So have it your way, animals. Everyone gets a playlist. An oh so brief playlist. Trust me, it’s for the best.

Today’s chapter: Non-Death Metal Songs with Death Metal Riffs 

  • Angry Metal Guy
    Symphony X – “Evolution (The Grand Design)”
    Nobuo Uematsu – “Don’t Be Afraid”
  • Dr. Wvrm
    Megahit – “Marine March”
  • Grymm
    Nevermore – “Born”
    Testament – “D.N.R. (Do Not Resuscitate)”
  • Kronos
    Fair to Midland – “Whiskey & Ritalin”
  • El Cuervo
    Iron Maiden – “Book of Souls”
    Power Glove – “Hunters”
  • Mark Z.
    Morbid Angel – “Radikult”
  • Diabolus in Muzaka
    Metallica – “Dirty Window”
    Pantera – “Slaughtered”
  • L. Saunders
    Sermon – “Contrition”
    Kyuss – “Green Machine”
  • Eldritch Elitist
    Wolfbrigade – “Ride the Steel”
    Manticora – “The Farmer’s Tale Pt. 2 – Annihilation at the Graves”
  • GardensTale
    Iced Earth – “Wolf”
    Kiuas – “Across the Snows”
  • Master of Muppets
    Coheed and Cambria – “Mothers of Men”
    Pearl Jam – “Once”
  • TheKenWord
    Unleash the Archers – “Cleanse the Bloodlines”
    Flyleaf – “Green Heart”
  • Cherd
    Inter Arma – “The Waxen Sea”
  • Holdeneye
    Nevermore – “Born”
    Eternity’s End – “The Fall of the House of Usher”
  • Carcharodon
    Ihsahn – “The Eagle and the Snake”
    Emperor – “Of Blindness and Subsequent Seers”
  • Emya
    To-Mera – “Phantoms”
    Animals As Leaders – “Tooth and Claws”