The Scythe (album)

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The Scythe
The scythe.jpg
Studio album by Elvenking
Released September 14, 2007 (Europe)
November 7, 2007 (US)
Genre Folk metal, symphonic metal, power metal, melodic death metal
Length 55:19
Label AFM Records (Europe)
Candlelight Records (US)
Producer Damnagoras and Aydan
Elvenking chronology
The Winter Wake
(2006)The Winter Wake2006
The Scythe
Two Tragedy Poets (...And a Caravan of Weird Figures)
(2008)Two Tragedy Poets (...And a Caravan of Weird Figures)2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.0/5 stars[1] 7.0/10 stars[2] 6.8/10 stars[3]

The Scythe is the fourth studio album by Italian folk/power metal band Elvenking. The Scythe was released on September 14, 2007 through AFM Records in all European countries, and November 7 in the USA by Candlelight Records.

This is the first concept album by Elvenking, with lyrics centered on the death of a beautiful woman along with themes of revenge and deceit. This is also illustrated in the video to "The Divided Heart".

Track listing

All music by Aydan and Damnagoras. All lyrics noted below.

  1. "The Scythe" – 5:36 (Aydan)
  2. "Lost Hill of Memories" – 4:58 (Aydan)
  3. "Infection" – 5:05 (Damnagoras)
  4. "Poison Tears" – 4:30 (Damnagoras)
  5. "A Riddle of Stars" – 5:22 (Aydan)
  6. "Romance & Wrath" – 8:14 (Damnagoras)
  7. "The Divided Heart" – 4:39 (Damnagoras)
  8. "Horns Ablaze" (Digipak version bonus track) - 4:21 (Aydan)
  9. "Totentanz" – 2:28
  10. "Death and the Suffering" – 5:11 (Damnagoras)
  11. "Dominhate" – 8:57 (Aydan)
  12. "The Open Breach" (Japanese bonus track) - 4:55
  • The digipak version also includes the video for the song "The Divided Heart"


Guest musicians

  • Mike Wead – 1st solo on "The Scythe," 2nd solo on "A Riddle of Stars"
  • Laura De Luca – female vocals on "Romance & Wrath" and "Dominhate"
  • Jared Shackleford – narration
  • Mauro Bortolani – piano
  • Isabella Tuni – female voice on "Romance & Wrath"
  • Laura De Luca, Pauline Tacey, Claudio Coassin, Aydan – backing vocals
  • Claudio Coassin, Damna, Aydan and Jarpen – shouts

String quartet

  • Arrangement by Elyghen
  • Eleonora Steffan – violin
  • Valentina Mosca – violin
  • Elyghen – viola
  • Marco Balbinot – cello


  1. ^ Alex Henderson. "The Scythe - Elvenking | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  3. ^ "Elvenking - The Scythe review". Metal Storm. Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
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