Released: 2016, Self Released
Another female-fronted symphonic band, but this time from Tunisia. The location is an unusual one, and one that immediately piqued my interest. ELUSIVE REFLECTIONS is the band’s debut album and one that delivers the usual heavy guitars that serve as a backdrop for singer Jelena Dobric’s vocals. Musically, there are also some more modern alternative elements, which help Persona succeed in sounding somewhat different from the pack of fellow female-fronted bands.
“Blinded” is the band’s first video, and also an excellent place to acquaint yourself with the band. The tune showcases most of the band’s signature elements, including keyboards, Dobric’s comfortable range, detuned guitars and even some progressive passages. “Forgotten” is another versatile song, with some heavy thrash chugs and a few power metal passages as Dobric smoothly croons above the fray. There are naturally elements of gothic music and some industrial as well. However, it is some of the power metal elements that, while brief, are a welcome and different approach than most music of this style.
“Halley” is a damn catchy tune, which shows the band can flirt with accessibility and reminds me of some of Delain’s more poppy offerings. The album concludes with the drowsy ballad “The Sea Of Fallen Stars”, a decent but fairly generic offering that differs little from other female-fronted symphonic bands. Melik Melek Khelifa guitar solos are often a high point, full of fluid melodicism and speed. He is definitely someone to keep an eye on in the future. The mix of the album is respectable and the band as whole executes this style with professional attention to detail.
Generally, I am quite impressed with Persona. While the band does not offer much to distinguish themselves in the crowded female-fronted gothic scene, their songs are good enough to warrant attention. If this style of music is your thing, definitely consider adding Persona to your rotation. Fans of Delain, Edenbridge and Deathstars will enjoy Persona.