Released: 2015, Independent
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Coming in with their sophomore album, Elferya lets loose with another helping of Symphonic/Gothic Metal. There have been some changes within the band, as drummer Samuel Python comes into the fold as well as vocalist Melody Dylem. The rest of the band is still intact from their previous album, providing the basis for the band.
For those unfamiliar with the band, they have done their best to get noticed, touring with other bands with a similar style as theirs, such as Epica, Eluveitie, Arkona, Xandria, and Delain. It would also not surprise me if the band has taken some influences from these bands, but not to take so much as to outright copy what these bands have.
It can be said that new vocalist Melody Dylem could be the most well-known member, having worked with such artists as Phil Collins, Michael Jones and Christophe Cérino, as it shows in her vocal delivery with Elferya. She is the standout member here and with most bands of this style, that’s the right choice to go with. Although you don’t get over the top soprano vocals, you do get a comfortable mid-range that works and isn’t trying to overshadow anyone’s work on the album.
With that said, the main focus here would be the keyboards and violin playing. They have their share of songs, but the big ones are in Cruel Night and The Dreamcatcher. They tend to add to the atmosphere of the songs and make them much more enjoyable. This is also the case for Across the Earth and Alone With You, with the previous being an instrumental track, while the latter having a Celtic influence in sound, something that only appears on that track.
The guitar work, while good, isn’t a focus on this album. There are some solos to be had, but it’s not a driving force within the music. This is understandable with the kind of music played here, so it’s not a huge concern but I feel should be pointed out nonetheless.
As for the album itself, it doesn’t tend to drag on as it runs at about 45 minutes. Most Symphonic Metal albums tend to run quite long, filling in every nook and cranny on their albums, but Elferya sticks to a modest time and it works in their favor. For a sophomore effort, they have done a fine job in avoiding the infamous ‘sophomore jinx’.