(In this post, TheMadIsraeli reviews the new album by Australia’s Elysian.)
Melodic Death Metal is a style that had a mighty sad fall from grace when the metalcore explosion took off. The metalcore bands milked the melodic aspects of MDM dry while the melodic death metal bands themselves were often left behind by metalheads who simply considered the style to have become old hat. The problem was exacerbated by the horrific selling out by big names such as In Flames (we won’t go there) or Soilwork as well as just the stagnation of certain legends such as Dark Tranquility and Arch Enemy. Luckily, the style was kept alive and legitimate by long-staying underdogs like Darkane or Before The Dawn.
However, significant changes in approach seem to have revitalized melodeath. We all know and love the mighty Insomnium, with their melancholy, sorrowful melodic taste and the mood of doom metal in their sound. It’s what has set them apart from the pack, that is until lately. In the last 6-7 years, there has been a rather unexpected surge of mid-paced or slow-paced melodic death metal by bands who use the vocals, energy, and dual guitar antics of melodeath but mix with those elements the macabre, melancholy, and anguished melodies and tempos of doom metal, and Funeral Doom in particular. I’m thinking of bands such as Daylight Dies, In Mourning, and now 7 Horns 7 Eyes. These bands, for me, have breathed new life into a style that I originally loved but held on to mostly due to nostalgia.
Elysian are ANOTHER entrant into this new guard of melodic death metal. About ten days ago we premiered a stream of their debut album Wires Of Creation, but I was so enamored with this album that I felt compelled to review it. These guys deserve as much press as they can get.