New Album "Labyrinth of Fallen Angels"
Elysium was originally formed in Orvieto, Italy, in early 2013 by bassist Marco Monetini, violinist Christian Arlechino, and get right after from vocalist Vanessa Pettinelli as a songwriting partnership that blossomed into a ten-piece performing and recording gothic-symphony songs.
The core of the group was born out of common artistic interests that the three held together with regards to songwriting style, work-ethic philosophy and mutual musical desires. Guitarists Igor Abbas e Camilla Giannelli , who had been recording demo material for the band were invited to a music rehearsal in early 2014 and later joined as permanent members.
Between 2014 and 2015, with the involvement of drummer Flavio Lovisa and pianist Silvia Vazzola the original band lineup spent the lion's share of their time writing and recording their debut self-titled Ep album, "Here i Am" at "Bonsai Studio Recording" in Orvieto, produced by sound engineer Andrea Mescolini.
As a musical entity, there's no denying that the members of Elysium are at least dedicated to the creation of music that is NOT attempting to cash in on any current trends of the time. They certainly are not the prototypical Italian melodic-band. Most of their music it's just too cerebral and sublime to appeal to a typical pub crowd.
Their sound is actually more suited to a pair of headphones in a darkened room and someone willing to listen to the lyrics and the intricate guitar\violin parts and piano work. The musical roots of the band's original members are as diverse as Anathema to Genesis, to Vivaldi.
As far as musical influences, Silvia is classically trained and holds a master's degree in piano performance, bass player Marco is a lifelong and devoted Rush\Dream Theater fanatic and Vanessa idolized female pop vocalist Madonna.
The resulting music is an eclectic mix of influences, both catchy and thoughtful although difficult to classify.The sound and style of Elysium is totally contagious. It rocks the soul and uplifts the spirit within the listener. You can count on craving more after the first listen.
The first EP " Simphony of a Forest" is earmarked for release in March 2016 and will be available on CD and digital download from iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and other popular digital music distribution outlets.
In Autumn 2016 a new singer and a new guitarist joined the band.
Singer Daphne Nisi, her powerful and lyric voice has definitely changed the band compositions and guitar player Simone Moratto and keyboards Francesco Proietti, who gave a more powerful and metal sound to band.