STYX

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Band Name Elfensjón
Album Name STYX
Type Album
Released date 11 November 2020
Labels Self-Released
Music StyleSymphonic Metal
Members owning this album1

Tracklist

1.
 STYX
Listen03:47
2.
 IИHERIT
Listen03:22
3.
 AGASTYA
Listen04:47
4.
 Gensou wa aoki tsuki to narite
Listen03:54
5.
 ERISAPFEL
Listen04:24
6.
 Tsumeato
Listen04:02
7.
 Sora ga ochiru hi made
Listen03:46
8.
 ARIADNE
Listen04:02
9.
 Okibi no hate
Listen04:21
10.
 LUNATIC MIRAGE
Listen03:40

Total playing time: 40:05



A.Namnesis - Piano arrangement tracks from previous releases Einherjar and Ash of Rouge
1.
 Shinen wo yomu mono
Listen03:51
2.
 ORPHEUS
Listen03:32
3.
 Keika
Listen04:11
4.
 Yasou
Listen04:32
5.
 Yurikago no souka
Listen06:22

Total playing time: 22:28

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Review @ TheGorothInside

07 February 2021

Even though I don't understand Japanese language, Elfensjón managed to craft an impressive album

The first thing about this group: Elfensjón is not your typical band as the core consists of Keisuke Kurose (ex-Asriel, ex-Uroboros) as componist and Kachiru Ishizue - who is originally a mangaka and illustrator known for works like Ilegenes: The Sodom Ilegenes, Rosen Blood and Akuma no Riddle - for the band's illustrations. The musicians who recorded the album are all guest musicians from all around the Japanese doujin music scene. Doujin is a term similary to independent in Western areas.

So the music circle - the correct term to describe Elfensjón best - did everything at own risk: Writing the lyrics, composing the music, creating the illustrations, recording the music entirely by musical guests, pressing CDs and shooting a music video to promote the release. Since their incemption in 2018 Elfensón released two impressive EPs called Einherjar (2018) and Ash of Rouge (2019), as well as a split release in the beginning of 2020. Now, the circle took the time during the COVID-19 pandemia to record their first full-length album which was named STYX. And one thing aside: Even though I don't understand Japanese language -except for a few words and maybe some sentences -, Elfensjón managed to craft an impactful debut album. I've been following them since 2019 when I have suddenly found a music video for their song "Hexenjagd" (engl. "Witch Hunt") on YouTube and I was never disappointed. The album continues the story the circle started on their first EP back in 2018. I really enjoy listening to okogeechannn's voice which made me listen to the group at first.

Blending Symphonic metal with modern rock, djent and anime, describing themselves as an animecore group, I think the description fits well. The most songs get carried by keyboard leads, the riffing in the more metal-driven songs fit very well in the circle's musical concept and the voices of okogeechannn (who represents the female character Elisia) and Kazuya (as Astral) are just in the right balance. The music can be musically be compared with acts like Within Temptation, Epica and maybe Leave's Eyes in some parts. Even though the entire band consist of guest musicians they managed to translate Kurose's composed music and written lyrics into an impressive album. Almost every riff, every sung word fits perfect and there is nearly no room to say otherwise. The only thing I would like to know: Does the group have a drummer or do they use a drum computer recording the drumming parts?

Neithertheless, this album is top-of-the-notch and if you don't know this group: Check them out. It is definitively worth checking them out. Elfensjón is - outside of Japan - a real unknown project and only a bunch of people know about them. Time to change that.


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