Elvenking: Tuska Festival 2024

Amidst the eclectic lineup of TUSKA 2024, Italian folk/power metal ensemble Elvenking took to the stage, bringing with them a rich tapestry of European folklore-inspired melodies and themes. For me, it was a first encounter with their music, and while they are well-regarded in metal circles, their style didn’t immediately resonate with my personal tastes.

The band’s performance unfolded under the unforgiving glare of direct sunlight, a challenge that seemed to cast a shadow over their stage presence. I couldn’t help but sympathise as the members struggled against the brightness, squinting through their entire set. It was a practical hindrance that also impacted my ability to capture quality photos, as sunglasses clashed with their elaborate stage attire.

Elvenking’s music, characterised by a blend of power metal vigour and folk instrumentation such as violin, flute, and mandolin, carried an unmistakable charm. Their lyrical themes, steeped in fantasy, mythology, and nature, offered epic narratives and introspective journeys that resonated with their dedicated audience.

Since their inception in 1997 and their debut album “Heathenreel,” Elvenking has crafted a discography that explores realms of adventure and escapism. Albums like “The Winter Wake” and “Secrets of the Magick Grimoire” have solidified their position within the folk/power metal genre, showcasing their ability to weave intricate melodies and uplifting choruses into their compositions.

While their performance at TUSKA 2024 may not have entirely aligned with my musical preferences, Elvenking’s dedication to their craft and their unique contribution to blending metal with traditional folk elements was evident. They continue to command respect and admiration from fans worldwide for their musical craftsmanship and thematic depth, ensuring their place as a beloved fixture in the folk and power metal community.

Elvenking's Setlist at Tuska Festival 2024

Venue: Suvilahti, Helsinki

  • Rapture
  • The Hanging Tree
  • Draugen's Maelstrom
  • Pagan Revolution
  • Silverseal
  • Moonbeam Stone Circle
  • The One We Shall Follow
  • The Divided Heart
  • Black Roses for the Wicked One
  • Elvenlegions
  • She Lives at Dawn

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Artists: Elvenking