This Friday, it’s time to raise your sword and return to the battlefield, as Finnish heavy metal force Battlelore returns with their brand new studio album, The Return Of The Shadow. Over 10 long years since their last offering, Doombound (2011), June 3 will finally see the Tolkien-inspired masters of epic fantasy metal release their highly anticipated seventh album on Napalm Records.
Previously released debut singles “Firekeeper” and “Chambers Of Fire” have already showcased the exceptional songwriting skills that the Lappeenranta-based fantasy metal warriors offer on their upcoming album, and now the band have created a music video for a magical new single, “Elfeking”.
Video director Markku Kirves says, “It’s very rare to get the opportunity to write this kind of epic video, so I didn’t hesitate to say yes when Jyri messaged me if I’d be interested in At the time, Battlelore’s ‘Storm of the Blades’ was one of the first videos I made, so it was nice to reunite with the band again.”
The band adds, “We knew Markkus’ talent as a video director and his enthusiasm, and when we asked him to shoot the video for us, it was so overwhelming and a pure pleasure to work with such a professional that he is. The ‘Elvenking’ video enters Tolkien’s Middle-earth from multiple angles, combining notable characters and scenes from Tolkien’s written poetry.”
The Return Of The Shadow was recorded by Janne Saksa at Sound Supreme Studios, Finland, and mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound Studios. As a special treat for fans, the album will also include a bonus EP, titled Lost Lands, which features three songs written near the start of the band’s hiatus that are sonically different from the tracks on the album. major.
Shadow Returns can be pre-ordered here.
List of The Return Of The Shadow tracks:
“Chambers of Fire”
“Keeper of the Fire”
“The Real Dragons”
“Shadow of the East”
Lost Lands bonus EP tracklist:
“The Caves of the Forgotten”
“Chambers Of Fire” Lyric Video:
“Firekeeper” lyric video:
(Photo – Toni Salminen)