Label: Art Gates Records
Belgian Symphonic metal quartet Elusion released their first ever full length album Singularity in 2019 from Art Gate Records. They were formed in 2015 and in 2016 they released an EP called Desert of Enticement. As a fan of female-fronted rock/metal acts, I am glad I have come across Elusion.
You can easily liken the band’s sound to Within Temptation and kinds, so you are facing beautiful female vocals, extremely melodic tracks with great strings. Even some scream vocals/ growls by Evy adds so much to their element contrasting her usual belting out the songs. So they stand out from the rest with this aspect the female vocals also doing the growls as well as melodic singing.
My favorite tracks off the album ended up being the no-brainer “The Strive” with its grand catchy melodic structure and impressive chorus and “Reconciliation of Opposites” with the oriental composition and heavy riffs. Also one more noticable moment of the album is “Lovelorn” with Bjorn “Speed” Strid from Soilwork as guest vocals. This track strikes me as multi-layered and a bit on the proggy side especially through the end.
One thing I can maybe humbly offer as constructive criticism about the album is that it could have been more polished sound quality-wise. I loved all the guitar riffs throughout the album but they sounded a bit lo-fi to me. I really would have loved to see them blasting my earphones and my sound system. That’s how much I loved what the band have done with the songs. Musicianship is definitely there, compositions are impeccable but either the mixing quality or some sound polishing is missing with the guitar riffs.
All in all, if you’re a fan of European symphonic metal genre with enchanting female vocals, give Elusion a try, you won’t regret it.
- Evy: Vocals
- Domingo: Guitars, Vocals
- Stijn: Guitars
- Kristof: Bass
- Fre: Drums
- Choices and Chances
- The Tales That Trees Tell
- The Strive
- In Eternity
- Reconciliation of Opposites
- My War Within
- Crystal Doubts
- The Strive – Spankraght Remix
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