Italian ELVENKING have released an official music video for their new single “Bride Of Night” featuring ex-DRACONIAN singer Heike Langhans, directed by Matteo Ermeti. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming album “Reader Of The Runes – Rapture”, out on April 28th via AFM Records. The album marks the sequel to their 2019 blockbuster record “Reader Of The Runes – Divination”.
The band comments: “We are proud to present our new song and video ‘Bride Of Night’. It surely represents the more melodic side of our sound, yet dark and melancholic. We know that a lot of our fans love this side of ELVENKING, so this is also a gift to you. ‘Reader Of The Runes – Rapture’ will collect all of the shades of our sound from the more aggressive ever, to songs like ‘Bride Of Night’ so, by listening to the entire album you will travel through a multitude of nuances and atmospheres – we cannot wait for you to hear it in all its epicness! Heike Langhans offered her beautiful voice in the chorus backing Damna vocals. The amazing video is once again directed by Matteo Ermeti who did with us ‘Silverseal’ and he couldn’t better envision the story – a glimpse of painful romance that captures one of the chapters of the story.”
Ever since their inception in 1997, ELVENKING mastered their way to their own identity with courage and bravado, leaving behind the shackles of genres step by step before they truly broke out with their 2014 monument “The Pagan Manifesto”. ELVENKING have been defying all genres, now feeling quite at home in their very own enchanted realm. With “Rapture”, the Italian collective delivers part two of their monumental “Reader Of The Runes” trilogy, and an epic Metal quest of woe and despair, wrought with mysterious figures, dark magic and an altogether mesmerizing autumnal flair reminiscent of a forest glade during an Indian Summer. It’s more than just a Metal album. It’s a moving story set to fabulous songs, bridging the gap between fantasy and reality. Many times before, ELVENKING have weaved powerful magic into the world. This time, they truly came into their own, wresting their best effort yet from a global pandemic.
“Reader Of The Runes – Rapture” was written between 2020 and 2022, and was recorded between May and October 2022 by the band and renowned producer Scott Atkins (CRADLE OF FILTH, BEHEMOTH) who also took over mixing and mastering duties.
“Reader Of The Runes – Rapture” track listing:
- The Hanging Tree
- Bride of Night
- The Cursed Cavalier
- To the North
- Red Mist
- An Autumn Reverie
- The Repentant
You can watch the official music video for “Bride Of Night” below: