Ruins of Elysium – Seeds of Chaos and Serenity (Review)

Ruins of ElysiumRuins of Elysium are an international symphonic metal band and this is their debut album.

The music on this release is bold, bombastic, and grand, with many different feelings and emotions explored; all of them epic, over-the-top, and quite infectious. It’s an ambitious release that hits more than it misses.

If you think of the comprehensive and epic journey that bands such as Nightwish, Kamelot, and Xandria can take listeners on, then you’ll have a starting point for this 75 minute opus.

Each track has its own feeling, taking influence from various different exotic sounds and localities alongside the more familiar metal ones. The orchestration is omnipresent and layers everything with a rich, sumptuous texture. Orchestral grandeur is the norm on this album and the songs take on the guise of cinematic compositions set to extravagant metal.

With powerful operatic main vocals, (backed up by others, both male and female), the classical male singing is well-performed and not the standard approach to symphonic metal that you hear from a lot of similar bands.

There’s a lot of good material on this album. Although some of it could do with some minor tweaks and refinements, I think the biggest thing holding this back from being an absolute stunner is probably the production; although not awful, it doesn’t allow the band’s obvious talents to shine through as much as they could, (and should), do. That said, it isn’t the end of the world, and certainly doesn’t preclude one from enjoying this release, but it’s definitely something to hopefully rectify for next time.

Overall this is a sprawling, epic collection of music that should appeal to fans of majestic, orchestral, symphonic metal. The band clearly know what they’re doing and obviously have a knack for the style.

Check it out.

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