Feb. 27 — Power/folk metal act Elvenking has been tapped to join this year’s annual ProgPower USA festival.
The band is scheduled to perform Sept. 6 on the festival’s first day as a replacement for for Power Quest, which recently cancelled its live schedule. Festival tickets are available here. Joining Elvenking for the festival’s first day are: Doro, Swallow The Sun, Cynic, and Ice Age.
Beast in Black, The Halo Effect, and Seven Kingdoms are among the bands scheduled to perform on the second day of the four-day festival. Among the most notable names for the festival’s third day are the likes of: Kamelot, Ad Infinitum, and Wind Rose. Tickets for Day Three are sold out, as are tickets for the festival’s final day, which will feature performances from the likes of Myrath, Unleash The Archers, and Visions of Atlantis.
The festival’s full lineup is noted below:
Day 1 | September 6
SWALLOW THE SUN
Day 2 | September 7
BEAST IN BLACK
THE HALO EFFECT
Day 3 | September 8 SOLD OUT
Day 4 | September 9 SOLD OUT
UNLEASH THE ARCHERS
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS
POVERTY’S NO CRIME
Elvenking’s upcoming performance at ProgPower USA is in support of its forthcoming album, Reader of the Runes – Rapture, which is scheduled for release April 28 through AFM Records. The band premiered the record’s new single, ‘The Hanging Tree‘ and its video last month. The premiere came a month after the debut of the album’s lead single, ‘Rapture.’
The musical arrangement featured in the band’s new single is a heavy, folk metal style composition that is easily comparable to works from the likes of Falconer, Beast in Black, and Hammer King. That is evidenced through the melodic power metal approach and sound presented throughout the song.
The band discussed the approach taken to the song in a collective statement.
“‘The Hanging Tree’ is a song that sets a violent darker tone as we dive deep into the core of the story narrated in the second part of the “Reader of the Runes” trilogy,” the statement reads. “If “Rapture” was more epic, slow paced and filled with many different shades and textures, “The Hanging Tree” is a merciless fast cavalcade that goes straight to the point with a heavy fast riffing, melodic yet aggressive vocals, big choirs in the chorus, two insane guitar solos and a folk break in the middle that our dear EK fans will definitely love. It will surely be a highlight in our forthcoming live shows.”
The lyrical theme featured in the band’s new single continues the story in another chapter, that was started in the band’s most recent album, according to a collective statement from the band. It seems to tell the story of a warrior walking through a forest who comes upon a giant oak. Bodies hang from the oak, apparently including that of his own daughter. The discovery has a very negative impact on him, as the story unfolds.
The song’s lyric video presents imagery that matches the story, including bodies hanging from the tree, footage of warriors’ faces and of those who hung from the tree.
The full track listing for Elvenking’s new album is noted below.
02. The Hanging Tree
03. Bride of Night
05. The Cursed Cavalier
06. To the North
08. Red Mist
10. An Autumn Reverie
11. The Repentant
More information on Elvenking’s new single, video, and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at :