April 02 – Review by Stefan – SECRETUM SECRETORUM (Valkyrie Rising / Sonic Rendezvous / Hard Life Promotion)

This French / Belgian project was founded in 2013 by Many (songwriter, bass & orchestration) who met Brussels based singer Laure Ali-Khodja, both ambitiously started writing a first series of songs. They chose to let their musical experiment where different types of metal come into their own. Fans of the symphonic metal genre can be extremely happy with Elfika’s debut effort “Secretum Secretorum” in the first place. But if you’re looking for a good dose of progressive, heavy, power and neo classical metal you are also at the right place. Even fans of movie soundtracks are rewarded. Prior to this new full length album they released a first demo in digital format in 2015 which was later (2016) re-released on CD at the request of their fans.

I must honestly admit that the symphonic metal genre cannot fascinate me at all, I have absolutely no connection with this style of music. You will not find bands like Epica and Nightwish in my CD collection which means that this review is not really in good hands. So I will focus solely on the musical skills of the band members without judging the genre. READ MORE…