Elferya hails from Switzerland and has been around since late 2008. Throughout they have gone through some line-up changes. For this new album, Melody Dylem takes care of the vocals and does quite well. Although you might expect that from a semi-finalist at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Before I started listening, I was hoping for 'no opera vocals' and yes, there's no opera vocals. In fact, Melody has a great and varied voice. Sometimes she sounds fragile and vulnerable and sometimes she utters powerful battle chants.
Musically you can expect the same metallic bombast as you get from bands like After Forever, Epica and so on. Of course, there's the traditional intro, which by the way is damn awesome. To whoever wrote it, make a solo-album with this stuff! What happens next is equally enjoyable, usually mid-tempo metal with a number of symphonic elements. It reaches highlights in opener 'With All My Love' and the somehow emotional rocker 'Cruel Night'.
It's clear that there's some skilled musicians behind this project. The songs are complex and varied enough to remain interesting for three quarters of an hour. The wide variety of synths can count on a solid foundation, created by the traditional metal setting of guitars and drums. These synths too range from playful piano to dark folk melodies and massive orchestral arrangements. Often they're enhanced or replaced by acoustic instruments, including violins and flute. That being said 'Alone With You' is the only gothic rock song ever that reminds me of The Levellers.
So yes, gothic metal fans will certainly appreciate this album. It definitely proves that the genre is still running wild and can well able to create brilliant songs like 'Toys Of A Modern Man' or 'Metal Hearts'. Furthermore, it seems to show a solid, well-organised and well-attuned band that stands for quality and that's something I can surely appreciate.