Elferya - Eden's Fall (2015)

Facebook. Twitter. Spotify. iTunes. Magazines. Friends. Radio? It's hard to keep track of all the ways we get and digest new music. But even with the centipede of technology we have at our disposal, we don't always get directed to the bands we would like the most. The mainstream media, be it digital or print magazines or radio, do little to expose you to new or breaking artists. Digital formats, as we've covered, push the giants, and let the others fend for themselves. Elferya isn't toiling in anonymity - they've built themselves a loyal following - but they have yet to make the well deserved splash on the metal community, at large. And therein lies the romp. Their new album, Eden's Fall, is the next logical step in size and strength from their 2012 debut. They have a built in audience of symphonic and female fronted metal fans that span the globe. But the challenge in 2015, as it's always been, is getting people to hear it. One spin through, and the most discerning listener will likely be hooked.

Complacency, as you are well aware, has no place in music; at least not to those who hope to fine tune their craft. Elferya are no different in that respect, taking what was a alreadyahigh level production, and turning the screws once again. Peeling back the layers, you have a chance to truly appreciate each minuscule nut and bolt that holds the entire production together. New vocalist Melody Dylem is not a carbon copy of the departed Claire-Lyse von Dach, instead infusing her own soulful sound into each track. While she shines brightly in the thunderous With All My Love, it is actually the following track, Elferya, that says the most about her credentials as a vocalist and performer. Whether she goes it alone, over just a light piano melody, or she soars over the entire band, she does so with a delicate accuracy in her voice. That range and adaptation, expanded throughout the entire run of the album into realms almost untouched before, adds a layer of dramatic effect.

With the vocal and lyrical duties well handled, aided by the occasional male growl or scream, the focus shifts to the instrumental. Continuing from their previous album, there is something wholly exciting about the way the percussion is handled. Though original drummer Greg Turini made his departure, the band has not missed the literal or metaphorical beat with new stick swinger Samuel Python. The crispness of the snare stands out, though the recording of the entire kit deserves honorable mention. You'll find a simple complexity tied to each movement, thanks in part to the even layering of each element. Keyboards are woven into the fabric of each song, darting in and out, up and down, and side to side. Sometimes the star, other times the stitch of a tapestry, bringing the separate pieces together, Lionel Blanc performs masterfully. In congress with guitarist Valery Veings, you have a dynamic duo the likes of which only Gotham has seen.

Together, the band delivers their works brilliantly, every piece ringing true far after its completion. Of course, comparing one album to another is a fruitless exercise, and one that we dare not undertake here. The Straight And Narrow was a masterpiece by our own admission, but Elferya are moving from strength to strength, slowing for nothing, and bowing to no one. As such, Eden's Fall is another stand out album in the female fronted realm, rivaling anything put out this year, big or small. But the best kept secret in symphonic metal can't and shouldn't stay a secret for this long. If the band can expand their reach, through touring, social media outlets, and partnerships, you will likely see a drastic rise in appearances on year-end top 10 lists. They've endured the labor of love - making the music - and now they must push through the promotional phase to let the album make the waves it deserves. All they have to do is get people to press play. The rest is easy.

9/10

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